Monthly Archives: November 2019

Timescale of an Investment Round – Part III

(In Part I and Part II, Michael explains the investment process in an attempt to give a realistic depiction of the time it takes to get an investment round through – in this list it’s all about getting it over the final hurdle.) Stage 3 (6 weeks) – Due Diligence and close – dragging deal…

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Timescale of an Investment Round – Part II

(In the previous posting, Michael describes the first part of the investment process to give an indication of the timescales involved and how it can be difficult and frustrating for founders – but equally how this must be understood.) Stage 2 (10 weeks) – Promoting your Raise The best analogy for this is dating. Work…

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Machine Learning and Your Venture

(This post was originally sent out to the Digital Circle Mailing List on 26th November but is included here for completeness). Timely to have this in the week of AICon – the inaugural convention on artificial intelligence and machine learning in Northern Ireland. But it’s too late to get a ticket as it’s completely sold…

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Timescale of an Investment Round – Part I

(This article is in three parts for ease of reading. Subscribe to the blog or to our mailing list if you don’t want to miss them) The timescales involved in raising investment are different for every business and every round they complete. It is also very difficult to control the timescales because power and influence…

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Local Government Backed Equity Fund Launch

The latest Invest NI introduction to Access to Finance session was held last week to announce the “new” equity funds. These are local government backed equity funds; supported by Invest NI, tendered for and then managed by private fund managers. There is a history of government funding in NI that, according to Crescent Capital, extends…

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