San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Don't know where to start when it comes to getting your business funded? Overwhelmed by all of the possible options but don't know which is right for you?
At this O2 Smarta100 event a panel of entrepreneurs and investors discuss the different funding options available and how they went about finding finance. They'll also chat about how to best pitch your business, not only to secure investment but to gain new customers as well.
Covering all types of finance from startup loans to crowdfunding and angel investment, you will leave knowing where to start looking for your business funding and know just how to pitch to seal the deal!
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7:00pm: Panel discussion: Shaa Wasmund, Smarta; Ian Merricks, White Horse Capital & Accelerator Academy; Paul Boross, The Pitch Doctor; and Amer Hasan, minicabit.
8.45pm: Networking with speakers and peers
Host: Shaa Wasmund, founder of Smarta
Shaa inspires people to create and grow ground-breaking businesses around the world. Recently featured on the BBC for her story that has seen her start up numerous great businesses, become a best-selling author, and, once upon a time, be a personal assistant to Chris Eubank, Shaa has a goldmine of lessons to share.
In Smarta, Shaa has brought together the experiences from her incredible life and this event is your chance to get in the room to hear from her, for free. From starting a business, to raising finance and establishing the most powerful collaborations, Shaa’s story has given her the insight you need to hear to grow your business. She’s been packing out huge venues with paying fans, desperate to hear her insider tips, but this is your chance to discover it all for free.
Bill Morrow, Founder & CEO of Angels Den
Serial entrepreneur, Bill Morrow, has been creating, building and selling businesses for the last 25 years. When he founded Angels Den in 2007, he changed the rules on Angel investing in the UK and was determined to create a better environment for small businesses. Bill is passionate that all entrepreneurs with a sound business model and the ability and credibility to run
a business should be able to access the finance they need to get off the ground.
Angels Den now has the largest number of Angel investors registered in Europe and Asia and is now expanding into Qatar.
Paulina Sygulska, founder of GrantTree
Paulina is a serial entrepreneur and a networking junkie. She founded GrantTree three years ago to help tech start-ups to get equity free funding from the government, and it has been going from strength to strength since.
GrantTree's team of 14 have raised over £9m for 200+ companies in the last three years. In her spare time, she likes to indulge in cabaret and performance art.
Paul Boross - The Pitch Doctor
The Pitch Doctor is Paul Boross, and he is passionate about communication. Drawing on a career that has seen him move from primetime TV and stand-up comedy to trans-Atlantic development deals, media consultancy and motivational psychology, Boross has worked with such power players as the BBC, Google and MTV, training executives from the worlds of business and media in a range of communication, presentation, storytelling, performance and pitching skills. He has also coached several household names, including Virgin chief Sir Richard Branson, top BBC newscasters and headline comedians.
Amer Hasan - CEO and founder of minicabit www.minicabit.com
Minicabit is the UK-wide price comparison website and app for booking long distance and local cab trips. The business is backed by O2 via its Wayra accelerator and recently became the first mobile app to secure funding on BBC's Dragons' Den. Following 3 years working on mobile data at O2 in the SMB and consumer space, Amer spent 9 years in the mobile industry where he was globally responsible for Apps and Internet Partnerships at Vodafone. During his adventure at minicabit, he has mastered his pitch and has an interesting perspective on fundraising, having pursued investment from an accelerator, a TV show, an angel fund and now a crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs.
When & Where
Smarta is the leading online small business resource in the UK. With a readership of 500,000 every month, Smarta aims to inform, guide and inspire entrepreneurs to aspire and achieve. Smarta recognises the best in British innovation, customer engagement and disruption with it's annual O2 Smarta 100 Awards which are now in their fifth year.