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Scale-up Briefing: Raising a million and more

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How can fast growth, scale-up businesses unlock investment and funding in excess of £1M?

The West of England is recognised as a great place to start a business, but one of the biggest challenges reported by businesses who are scaling up is 'access to finance'. Specifically, founders lament the amount of time it takes to unlock funds and the lack of readily available information about the various options.

Meanwhile providers of funds highlights their frustrations in struggling to access deal-flow and in being approached by businesses who aren’t suitable/relevant or ready for their offer.

As Scale-up Enabler for the West of England, I’m keen to re-invigorate the investment options in the region and am trialling and launching a variety of initiatives to make that happen. As part of this work, this event invites founders and employees of businesses looking to raise £1M+ to learn from those who’ve tackled the same challenges before and those who offer services/products to help.

At the event we will ask questions such as:

  • Where can aspiring scale-ups find funding in the region of £1M +
  • What does best practice look like in this domain?
  • What needs to change in the West of England to make raising investment easier in the future?
  • How can we foster more altruism/philanthropic behaviour from our community of successful scale-up entrepreneurs (investment/mentoring)?

Our intentions for the event:

  • To bring the community of scale-up businesses and finance support together
  • To explore the challenges that scale-up businesses face in relation to finance
  • To identify potential solutions and commit to actions that could resolve those challenges

Who should attend?

We invite founders and employees of businesses looking to raise £1M+ in the next 12 – 24 months to join us for this event.

Agenda

  • 16:00 - 16:15 Tea and coffee served
  • 16:15 - 16:20 Welcome, introductions
  • 16:20 - 16:40 Fireside chat - hear from founder Silas Adekunle about Reach Robotics' investment journey
  • 16:40 - 17:25 Panel discussion and Q&A. Hosted by Chris Dyson, Partner at Ashfords this panel discussion will explore different options for raising investment, how can we invigorate the investment ecosystem locally and ideas from some of the best investment ecosystems. Panellists will include David Fogel, ADV and Anthony Carty from Alternative Business Funding,
  • 17:25 - 17:30 Lightning talk from Marcus Stuttard, Deputy Head of AIM, London Stock Exchange will share insights from his work and information about the Elite Programme.
  • 17:30 - 17:40 Time for others in the audience to share their ideas
  • 17:40 - 18:00 Networking

Other speakers to be announced.

This event is organised by our regional Scale-up Enabler, Briony Phillips in partnership with TechSPARK and SETsquared Bristol. The event is kindly supported by the London Stock Exchange and Alternative Business Funding, "Wherever you are in your business journey Alternative Business Funding is right for you."

Briony joined the Engine Shed team on a 1 year contract in June 2017 funded by Business West, Engine Shed, The University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to work towards their shared ambition. Her first priority is to identify scale-up businesses in the West of England region and to better understand their challenges and second, to design, facilitate and support initiatives that will make it easier for businesses to scale-up more effectively – in the long term.

Briony – Scale-up Enabler
briony.phillips@engine-shed.co.uk
@BrionyPhi1

Please note: This event may be photographed. Please let us know if you do not want to appear and we can seat you out of view.

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