For many startups, the quest to gain the investment of a wealthy mentor feels a little “Great Expectations”, but it can make a small business soar.
Most entrepreneurs resort to fundraising for capital. However, organising and executing a successful funding project is a big deal and not many businesses can pull it off.
In 2017, the G20 leaders claimed angel investment should be considered a necessity in stabilising the world?s economies, but there is currently a shortage of suitable investors.
For app builder Louise Doherty, business crowdfunding not only gave her business financial firepower but also provided a structure for growth plans.
When setting up HeadBox, the UK?s equivalent to Airbnb for meeting and event spaces, CEO and founder Andrew Needham looked at many sources to find the most relevant investors. Here he offers advice on the subject.
A new campaign being launched by the House of Commons seeks to more than double the number of active angels backing UK firms by 2019.
If the only time entrepreneurs communicate with their investors is when they need more money, this relationship is doomed, advises Simon Thorpe. Having analysed companies around the world, coached entrepreneurs at various business schools and invested in the technology sector, he offers unique insights into the angel investing ecosystem.
The venture market, the culture for entrepreneurship and the availability of talent across Europe is all aligning to make 2016 look like a great year. But what are the investment and tech trends to be aware of?
They say the entrepreneurial gene is something you're born with, rather than acquired. For David Barker, starting his own business at school wasn't an intentional thing – but was also an endeavour he didn't wait around to pursue further.
A $500,000 angel funding round has been closed by Recriptful, an ecommerce-geared technology business that helps users send better email receipts to customers.
Healthy fast-food restaurant Friska is used to serving up success – 23 per cent sales growth across six sites over the last year is proof of that. But like its customers, the company is hungry for more – and that means expansion in provincial cities like Birmingham and Manchester and then seeking private equity funding to launch a move on London.
Spanish ticketing startup Ticketbis, which provides an online platform for users to buy and sell tickets for events, has raised €3m for its first funding round of 2015.