Access to Investment - Articles
Long before the appointment of the Scale up Enabler in June 2017, access to investment has been recognised as a challenge for founders in the West of England. With close geographical proximity to London, it's often assumed that founders will court investors there and this takes them away from running their business at a pivotal time, for often an extended period.
On Thursday 24th April, Rod Beer (Community Director at the UKBAA) led a 2-hour workshop to help attendees become ‘effective investors’ – specifically for existing and budding angel investors. Rod provided a useful overview of the UKBAA, the UK Business Angels Association to the uninitiated, and described it as the trade body for early stage investing.
Yesterday we hosted a Quarterly Investment Briefing event here at Engine Shed. The session was the second in a series of four for the year and focused on the broad theme of Regional Investment - both raising money in the region, and investing from the region. For the uninitiated, the Quarterly Investment Briefing is a gathering solely of investors designed to support networking, learning and sharing across the West of England (and beyond) with the ultimate goal of invigorating the investment ecosystem.
On Thursday 3rd May, Engine Shed hosted an exclusive dinner in Brunel’s Board Room to discuss the opportunities for and potential impact of a regional investment fund. Using our position as an ‘honest broker’ in the region, we brought together investment focused stakeholders from three key groups – public sector, private sector and owners of nascent fund propositions for the region.
Lately I have turned my desktop research skills (and many conversations with regional scale-up supporters) into a summary of the investment landscape for the West of England.
Today, Wednesday 21st November 2018 I was lucky enough to attend the BVCA (British Venture Capital Association) Forum event focused on Series A investment raises because, as their tagline said ‘scaling up is never easy.’
On Thursday 31st January we welcomed 60 colleagues from fast-growth companies and those supporting fast-growth companies, to Engine Shed for our latest Scaleup Briefing event. This series of events was kicked off in October 2017 by Scaleup Enabler Briony Phillips and has covered topics ranging from ‘keeping people happy’ (organisational culture) to ‘raising a million pounds or more’ (access to investment).