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).
On Thursday 12th September, Engine Shed hosted the latest in the series of Quarterly Investment Briefing events. We welcomed c. 35 investors and enablers of investment to network, share and learn. The goal of this regular event is to support the community of investors and enablers of investment and to raise the profile of investment opportunities in the West of England.
On Thursday 30th May 2019 over 70 investors and facilitators of investment gathered at the Engine Shed for the sixth in a series of Quarterly Investment Briefing events. These events are designed and run by Engine Shed to bring the investment community together to network, share and learn – with an equal emphasis on time for networking as there is on the content provided at the event.
On Wednesday 6th March, I hosted the latest Quarterly Investment Briefing - an opportunity for investors and facilitators of investment to network, share and learn on the topic of angel investment.
On Thursday 17th September, I hosted the latest West of England Quarterly Investment Briefing. The topic for the afternoon was ‘people powered investment’ - a theme which invites our speakers and attendees to explore the importance of diversity in the investment process - whether in the advisors, investors and professionals who facilitate the process or in the founding team and ‘cultural co founders’ as Reid Hoffman likes to call them.
‘People powered investment’ provided the theme for the third Quarterly Investment Briefing. At the event over 30 active or potentially active investors, managers of investors and enablers of investment activity gathered to hear from a couple of speakers and to share, learn and network. Read on to find out what we talked about.
On Thursday 6th December Engine Shed hosted the final Quarterly Investment Briefing for the year at Framework on King Street in Bristol. A gathering of over 30 investors and colleagues came together for the fourth time this year to share, learn and network. This short blog shares insights into what we discussed and what's happening next year.
In this blog I answer some important questions including what exactly is a Quarterly Investment Briefing and what happened at the inaugural event?
Since the last Quarterly Investment Briefing (QIB) on 12 September, we've seen 24 businesses raise in excess of £68M in equity investment. I'ms sure you'll agree that it is a pretty impressive figure and includes some considerable numbers from Immersive Labs and XMOS.
We’re rounding the year off on a high - with reflections on investment patterns and news of a new £10m co-investment fund targeting South West businesses.