Raising Venture Capital: Why an “Investment Thesis” maybe the key to unlocking your seed round – 29th September – 9:15am

Four-Reasons-Successful-Businesses-Borrow-MoneyBrought to you by our partners Informed Funding (iF), this webinar is designed to support business leaders raising their first venture round. Many founders continue to find closing their seed round incredibly challenging. Leaders of high-growth startups recognise that VC cash at seed can lead to much-needed investment in later follow-on rounds.

Attend this webinar as Informed Funding demystifies the role that a VC’s Investment Thesis plays in their decision-making process. Learn how an investor’s framework will determine if a potential investor is likely to make a bet on your business before you waste your time and energy.

Use insight from this webinar to refine your investor target list as you prepare for your business for its next growth stage. We’re pleased to feature Ian Wilson, Fund Principal from Mercia Asset Management. Ian focuses on early-stage and technology investments for the group.

Date: 29th September 2020

Time: 9:15am to 11:00am BST

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The Panel

Webinar Host Chris Dines, CEO of Informed Funding

Chris Dines has a long career as an entrepreneur and thought leader in the areas of business intelligence, technology and growth company finance. An economics graduate, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and managed a successful corporate finance team at PwC. As CEO, he built leading Tech Research business, Ovum, achieving an IPO on the London Market and subsequent sale (now part of Informa Group). He has built, from scratch, Knowledge Peers and Informed Funding, with both organisations focused on P2P knowledge sharing in the UK SME sector. He is on the Boards of leading PropTech business Key Agent and leading PR business, William Murray Communications.

Malcolm Holloway, Director of the EFM Network

Malcolm provides hands on, on-site business advisory support, through his professional and practical experience, gained through many years of business leadership, advisory practice and financial management. He is also a fully qualified Chartered Accountant, with over thirty years’ experience in general practice and management roles with medium sized accountancy firms and SME’s. Malcolm has spent the last 15 years running his own business, advising SME’s and high growth start-ups. He currently sits on the board of a number of Venture Capital backed high growth technology businesses’, and acts as a finance director for a regional Venture Capital Firm, where he assists in investment decisions. Malcolm has a wealth of experience in operating companies. He started, bought and sold his own businesses as well as assisting client companies in raising funds and realising value on exit.

Ian Wilson, Fund Principal at Mercia Asset Management

Ian joined the Group in 2017 and is Fund Principal for the North East Venture Fund. He is focused on early-stage and technology investments and covers Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear.

Ian is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) from the CFA. He is a seasoned investment professional having fulfilled both M&A advisory positions in practice and investment management roles in early-stage funds since 2006; he has taken a number of software companies from first investment to exit in recent years. Ian also assists with the delivery of the Venture Capital and Investment modules at Alliance Manchester Business School.

Spaces are limited so register today for your virtual seat.