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New routes to funding and raising investment

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This is the second of a series of FREE short courses to help improve your business

Please email us if you are interested in attending this workshop series.

Under the funded Co-Innovate programme we are offering London based SMEs, Start-Ups and Entrepreneurs FREE innovation support. The sessions will be informative, interactive and you will be walking away with a strategy to apply to your own business.


Short Course 2
New Routes to funding and Raising Investment

Part 1: Are you investment ready? - Wednesday 22nd November, 9am to 3pm

Part 2: New routes to funding - Wednesday 6th December, 9am to 3pm

Course details:

Part 1: Are you investment ready? (6 HOURS)


The​ ​course​ ​is​ ​for​ ​first-time​ ​founders​ ​who​ ​are​ ​experiencing​ ​these​ ​4​ ​problems:

- They​ ​know​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​investment​ ​for​ ​their​ ​early​ ​stage​ ​business​ ​with high​ ​growth​ ​potential,​ ​but​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​where​ ​to​ ​start.

This​ ​course​ ​focuses​ ​on​ ​giving​ ​them​ ​the​ ​key​ ​actions​ ​and​ ​a​ ​practical​ ​guide​ ​to​ ​get ready.

- They​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​what​ ​investors​ ​are​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​and​ ​how​ ​they’re​ ​going​ ​to​ ​assess their​ ​opportunity.

We​ ​do​ ​know.​ ​Throughout​ ​the​ ​course​ ​we​ ​will​ ​share​ ​our​ ​first-hand​ ​knowledge​ ​from​ ​the investors​ ​and​ ​startups’​ ​perspectives.

- As​ ​founders​ ​they​ ​are​ ​very​ ​time​ ​poor.

We​ ​have​ ​developed​ ​this​ ​on-demand​ ​and​ ​straight​ ​to​ ​the​ ​point​ ​guide​ ​to​ ​get​ ​them where​ ​they​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be,​ ​fast.

- They​ ​lack​ ​confidence​ ​because​ ​they​ ​don’t​ ​know​ ​the​ ​jargon​ ​used​ ​in​ ​the​ ​startup and​ ​investment​ ​world.​ ​They​ ​are​ ​approaching​ ​sophisticated​ ​/​ ​professional investors​ ​who​ ​require​ ​a​ ​certain​ ​level​ ​of​ ​formality​ ​and​ ​good​ ​standing​ ​when investing​ ​funds.

We​ ​will​ ​get​ ​their​ ​confidence​ ​up​ ​by​ ​simplifying​ ​this​ ​jargon​ ​into​ ​meaningful​ ​language and​ ​give​ ​them​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​they​ ​need,​ ​allowing​ ​them​ ​to​ ​pitch​ ​and​ ​to​ ​handle​ ​investor meetings​ ​with​ ​conviction.



I​ ​manage​ ​a​ ​portfolio​ ​of​ ​investments​ ​of​ ​around​ ​25​ ​startups​ ​in​ ​the​ ​field​ ​of​ ​cleantech, social​ ​impact,​ ​healthtech,​ ​edtech,​ ​B2B​ ​and​ ​B2C​ ​software.​ ​I​ ​have​ ​worked​ ​directly​ ​with the​ ​portfolio​ ​startups​ ​as​ ​an​ ​advisor,​ ​board​ ​observer,​ ​and​ ​on​ ​a​ ​project​ ​basis​ ​-​ ​for example​ ​in​ ​investment​ ​readiness​ ​and​ ​fundraising,​ ​branding​ ​exercises,​ ​business planning​ ​and​ ​strategy.​ ​I​ ​also​ ​mentor​ ​entrepreneurs​ ​outside​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Synergy​ ​portfolio, with​ ​Entrepreneurial​ ​Spark,​ ​Bethnal​ ​Green​ ​Ventures,​ ​Hatch​ ​Enterprise,​ ​Google Launchpad​ ​and​ ​other​ ​similar​ ​organisations.​ ​​ ​I​ ​am​ ​particularly​ ​passionate​ ​about advising​ ​women​ ​founders​ ​on​ ​breaking​ ​into​ ​the​ ​early​ ​stage​ ​investment​ ​ecosystem.

My​ ​co-founder​ ​and​ ​I​ ​have​ ​just​ ​launched​ ​Five​ ​Years​ ​Time.​ ​Our​ ​purpose​ ​is​ ​to​ ​support busy​ ​and​ ​ambitious​ ​Founders​ ​get​ ​investment​ ​ready.​ ​From​ ​pitch​ ​deck​ ​to​ ​approaching investors​ ​-​ ​we've​ ​got​ ​the​ ​tools,​ ​templates​ ​and​ ​know-how​ ​to​ ​get​ ​them​ ​there​ ​on​ ​point.


I​ ​am​ ​an​ ​expert​ ​project​ ​management​ ​and​ ​operational​ ​support​ ​for​ ​small​ ​and medium-sized​ ​businesses.​ ​With​ ​over​ ​10​ ​years’​ ​combined​ ​experience​ ​in​ ​project management,​ ​finance,​ ​resourcing​ ​and​ ​supply​ ​chain​ ​for​ ​global​ ​technology​ ​companies such​ ​as​ ​Cisco​ ​Systems​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​innovative​ ​startups​ ​and​ ​social​ ​enterprises.

My​ ​purpose​ ​is​ ​to​ ​work​ ​with​ ​Founders,​ ​Entrepreneurs​ ​and​ ​busy​ ​teams​ ​to​ ​overcome demands​ ​on​ ​resources​ ​through​ ​focused​ ​business​ ​support,​ ​planning​ ​and​ ​removing unnecessary​ ​complexities.​ ​Helping​ ​teams​ ​to​ ​free​ ​up​ ​time,​ ​focus​ ​effectively​ ​and manage​ ​core​ ​business.

Part 2: New routes to funding

With course leader Barry E. James, Founder/CEO, The Crowd Data Center / The Crowdfunding Center

Bringing SMEs and entrepreneurs up to speed with today’s funding landscape - including the use of modern funding options to unlock new, and more traditional, funding sources for business growth.

Including - illustrated by case studies:

  • What Crowdfunding is and is not
  • The different types of crowdfunding
  • Suitability: of each of the different types of crowdfunding to business stages and scenarios
  • including workable combinations for different scenarios
  • Selecting the platform
  • Setting the Goal / Financial and Other Targets
  • Clarity: The problem, the Messages, the Offering, the Pitch, the Video
  • Skills & Resource, Requirements & Expectations
  • Required for a successful crowdfunding campaign - seed or equity:
  • How to assess the help/consultancy and support services on offer


Barry E James is an internationally respected author, researcher and thought leader, and one of the best-known names in Fintech, Crowdfunding, and the world of ICOs and Blockchain. An expert with a deep background in data, systems engineering, design and psychology.

He recently published the widely acclaimed New Routes to Funding - the handbook of modern funding

From an early career building groundbreaking system in the banking and telecom sectors in the early '90s he became a serial tech entrepreneur and innovator including a leading role nationally in clinical communications for the UK's NHS.

He also has new technology patents granted in the US and UK against opposition

As a researcher, Fintech, blockchain and crowdfunding expert he has been consulted by the FT, The Times, Reuters and the BBC amongst others and also writes for Business Zone, Real Business, Crowdfund Insider and The Bankless Times.

Cofounder and CEO of TheCrowdfundingCentre.com and CrowdDataCenter.com, the world's largest repository of data on crowdfunds, crowdfunding and the post-digital economy he has played a leading, and campaigning, role in reforming UK financial regulation to support innovation - a change now being emulated across the world. He has founded various successful conferences, most recently the Crowdfunding:Deep Impact conference and is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Portsmouth Business School.
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