Author Archives: Michael McDowell

Fintech should see the Covid Crisis as a Dangerous time with Opportunity.

In 2011 I wrote a blog for Sapphire Capital Partners (https://info.sapphirecapitalpartners.co.uk/blog/bid/200229/crowdfunding-sees-the-banking-crisis-as-an-opportunity-with-danger) discussing the continuing fallout of the 2008 banking crisis and the opportunities for the then revolutionary idea of Equity Crowd funding and P2P lending. The title of the Blog was “Crowdfunding sees the banking crisis as an Opportunity with Danger”.  In hindsight, it should…

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No surprise to us here at Raise Ventures – “Belfast ninth in the top tech cities of the future according to Financial Times – fDi Intelligence.”

This recognition is well placed and the ranking is all the more impressive when you look at the populations of the cities in the top 9 places. Andrew Jenkins, Fintech Envoy for Northern Ireland was quoted to say: “Confirmation that Belfast has been ranked in the inaugural top 10 “Tech Cities of the Future” for…

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Government support for startups? Nowhere to be seen.

  While our priority at Raise is to support our portfolio companies and the wider community as we deal with the pandemic but we have to keep looking forward. This blog is in comment to an article in the Sunday Times Business Section. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/past-six-days/2020-03-29/business/coronavirus-start-ups-facing-funding-collapse-v0fbwwkqz The Sunday Times has reported on a significant drop in levels…

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Getting your business ready to enter the investment stage.

A well recognised route a startup can take to find investors are crowdfunding and angel investment platforms.  They provide businesses with a stage to present their investment opportunity and the administrative systems to accept investment in an orderly manner.  This has been achieved by the use of new technology and the implementation of efficient business…

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The Joy of SEIS

When a startup founder establishes their business they will likely have a strategy in mind for how they will fund it.  This generally starts with savings, grants and bootstrapping tactics. In most cases this will be followed by an investment round from angels or other invsetors.  What is often overlooked in Northern Ireland is the…

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