Virgin StartUp Meetup Bournemouth: how to crowdfund for your business
Virgin StartUp meetup: how to Crowdfund your business
Crowdfunding is becoming more and more popular with all types of startups as a way to raise funding. It doesn’t require winning over investors (or giving away equity), it gets attention for your startup, and it helps you tap into an audience of loyal customers who will hopefully stick around long after the campaign comes to an end.
Whether you want to fund your startup entirely through crowdfunding, or use it as a stepping stone to winning over investors or the bank, come and join us for an evening of sharing knowledge. We’ll have talks from successful and not-so-successful crowdfunding businesses, and you’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions and network with likeminded entrepreneurs.
6:30-7 Networking Opportunities
7-7:20 Hatty Fawcett has personally raised £250,000 on crowdfunder, and is also a Regional Manager for Crowdfunder, Angels Den, the Business Angel Network, and is a Talent Spotter for The Start-up Funding Club and an Ambassador for Phundee.
Hatty will tell you what is crowdfunding is - its different platforms, what you need to succeed and tips for success including her 7 Essentials of a successful crowdfunding pitch and a case study. Her personal experience of crowdfunding is raising £250,000 through crowdfunding and angel investment for her own business venture and for the past 5 years she has helped business owners prepare for and raise investment.
She learnt the hard way what it takes to raise investment and is on a mission to make it quicker and easier for other businesses to access finance. Hatty regularly speaks on crowdfunding and is an active blogger on the subject of raising investment.
7:20-7:50 Jennifer Tingay, Founder of Southbourne Ales
In the summer of 2015 Southbourne Brewing Limited raised £419k through crowd funding. This enabled Jennifer to start the process of opening a 20 barrel brewery in the heart of Bournemouth. Jennifer now has eight beers that she produces in cask and bottle and has already received a number of awards.
Jennifer’s next milestone is raising the capital investment to ensure the business is ready for growth, with a second round of crowd funding selling off up to 20% of the shareholding as new shares.
Jennifer is excited to share her successful experience of crowdfunding with us, as well as her ales. Jennifer says that she "wants to be able to help others realise their potential whilst still doing what they love. Supporting other local entrepreneurs is a great start.”
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