Despite the pandemic, Venture Capital investment has remained strong – and the UK remains a great place for Angel investors, with attractive Tax incentives and a strong start-up economy. There remains a lot of cash seeking a positive return, something unlikely to change when the outlook for interest rates remain so low.

The nature of the early stage investment market has shifted, however. Some market segments are a  difficult “pitch” at this time, whereas others are “hot” – and that includes businesses that might gain  from the constant steer towards digital and virtual solutions.

Why attend?
Attendees will get insight and guidance on the following:

  • Understanding of the wider investment market
  • What investors in early stage companies are currently looking for
  • How to build an investment ready business
  • What makes for a successful investor pitch
  • Creating a fundraising plan – agreeing some next steps.

Spaces are limited, book your spot today.

The Panel

Hosts
Our expert panel will be led by the Informed Funding team, including Chris Dines and Gary Jesson.  

Guest Speakers
Colin Spiller, Club Manager, Angel's Den
Colin worked for 6 years as the Business Development Manager for an early stage Tech focus VC, and generated an extra £1.5m into investee companies. Launched and manages the London Angel Club for Angels Den, which typically raises £1m to £2m for 5 to 8 business pa and also delivers their Masterclasses for new Angel Investors. Colin Co-Leads the meetings of the 3Cs Community on a pro bono basis, which encourages entrepreneurs based on a “pay it forward” principal. Colin is also a Founder Member of the Company of Entrepreneurs, one of the new City Livery Companies

Stephen Johnson, Venture Capital Investor, Mercia
Stephen spent the first 10 years of his career in technology consulting, focused on delivering data warehousing and analytics capabilities to enterprise clients. Having joined the Northern VCT investment team in 2019 based in the Midlands, he now focuses on sourcing, transaction and managing investments in B2B software and the broader technology sector.

Cesar Faucheur, Strategy & Development, Jenson Funding Partners
A graduate from Babson College (US) Cesar started his career in hedge-fund as an analyst before co-founding his first venture: Gerep Prevention Sante, France’s first employee assistance programme. A joint-venture with Workplace Options the US leader.

Cesar was subsequently the first employee of Divido a UK leading Fintech (backed by Mastercard/+£20m funding), working in business development/strategy and international expansion (France). After leaving Divido he ran IPEM (International Private Equity Market) in the UK focusing on PE/VC funds, the marketplace is now Europe’s largest for small and mid-cap. His latest role has been with Verdier & Co, a London corporate advisory focusing on developing the business with PE/VC’s and generating deal flow for funds in UK and France.

Cesar is now running Strategy & Development at Jenson Funding Partners, in charge of launching the new fund (£40M).

Consultation Sessions
You can also book a free 1:1 session to review your own business’ financing plans in more detail. This will give you a realistic view of your chances of raising equity, how to improve those chances and who  you might target for funding. Book today.

About Informed Funding
Informed Funding (iF) is a source of guidance and advice designed to help ambitious business leaders to develop financial strategies and identify the options available to them to attract funding.

Workspace customers have free access to 1 to 1 financial and funding strategy consultations, finance strategy workshops and access to Informed Funding’s wider network of funders.

Informed Funding supports founders, directors and business owners at Workspace since its launch in February 2015. For more information on the Informed Funding and Workspace partnership, please visit the Informed Funding Hub. 

Other Services
If you require in-depth tailored support, Workspace customers may access Informed Funding’s free 1 to 1 Financial and Funding Strategy Consultation Service. 

If you’re a Workspace customer and have an urgent COVID-19 related financial or funding question please use Informed Funding's rapid response COVID-19 Call-Back Service. They'll connect you with one of their experts for a 30 minute informal call. 

If you have any questions about this session or Informed Funding's services, please email us at workspace@informedfunding.com.