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19th October 2018

Crowdfunding can make companies more successful

Listening to investors at the start of a new business can make the difference between success and failure, according to new research from the UCL School of Management that highlights the boost that crowdfunding offers.

19th October 2018

Edison Strategic Insight, Market valuations improving in UK and Europe

Edison Strategic Insight: Market valuations improving in UK and Europe. There are risks, but valuation risk is slowly receding, with the exception of the US.

18th October 2018

Beyond the pitch — the first 100 days with a VC on board

By Adrian Lloyd, Episode 1 Ventures

Getting venture investment is the first major turning point for a startup. All the months of work that went into pitching are over. There is money in the bank to turn plans into reality.

And there is now a VC firm (probably*) with a seat at your board meetings and a whole bunch of ideas for your business.

This is a challenging period for entrepreneurs who, understandably, will have established their own way of running their company. We come in with a lot of experience and advice, some of which might suggest very different ways of doing things.

17th October 2018

Where seed investing fits in a portfolio

By Matthew Cushen, co-founder of Worth Capital

Anecdotally, traditional investment orthodoxy may have it that mature companies are lower risk than new businesses and pensions are the most tax-efficient way to reduce tax liabilities. However, big companies are failing to innovate and adapt and lifetime allowance restrictions on pensions means looking elsewhere for tax reliefs. Just two reasons for Matthew Cushen to share his experience of seed investing through EIS & SEIS.

16th October 2018

 Why being lean is more attractive to potential investors

Gianluca Bisceglie, founder and CEO of Visyond, discusses why a lean startup model can help attract investment.

15th October 2018

Interview with serial angel Dr Steve Garnett

Dr Steve Garnett, the angel investor behind Fairsail which was sold last year to The Sage Group for $150 million, shares his experiences of angel investing, with Funding London.  

15th October 2018

Investing in SEIS?  Some dos and don’ts

By Martin Sherwood, Enterprise Investment Partners

If you are considering investing in the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) this year, here are a few tips to bear in mind. The tax benefits of SEIS are very attractive, but there are a few pitfalls you need to avoid.

11th October 2018

Dealer’s choice: An early look at Brexit outcomes

By Graham Bishop is Investment Manager at Heartwood Investment Management, 

With only a few weeks of initial negotiations remaining, some form of exit deal between the UK and the broader EU still appears more likely than no deal at all. However, both scenarios – ‘deal’ and ‘no deal’ – serve as umbrellas for many possible eventualities, and the situation remains extremely fluid.

4th October 2018

Apple deal is the right recognition of Shazam’s magic

By Simon Murdoch, Episode 1

In its acquisition by Apple which closed on the 24th September, it could be said that Shazam has found its spiritual home. The move was announced last December but finally got the all-clear from EU antitrust regulators last week after fears were raised that the deal could harm European competitors to Apple’s streaming music service. But Apple played a crucial role in Shazam’s development as a music recognition app?—?and perhaps in its survival as a business?—?by launching the first iPhone in 2007. This was the point at which consumer electronics caught up with Shazam’s technology that was far ahead of its time.

28th September 2018

Four key trends for small investors in 2019

Thanks to technologies like blockchain, the pace of investment is faster than ever. But with many smaller investors looking for a less volatile alternative to cryptocurrency trading, alternative finance (AF) providers are emerging as a smarter choice for those looking to balance their investments.

26th September 2018

The likely performance of an SEIS portfolio

Martin Sherwood, a partner at Enterprise Investment Partners, highlights the attractions of SEIS investments in light of the recent changes to EIS rules.


26th September 2018

Democratising impact investment for millennials

Oliver Jones from the impact investing platform SeedTribe looks at the issues around making impact investment more accessible to millennials.


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