Category Archives: Commentary

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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Challenge those sacred cows in your organisation

Sifted.eu writes: A European rival to workplace messaging app Slack called Element has won the world’s largest-ever single contract for a collaborative software service, supplying half a million licences to help communication in the German education system. The win points to the growing concern about privacy in communications around the world. At Raise, we use…

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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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Raise money through SEIS and EIS with Raise Ventures, Johnathan Graham and Sapphire Capital Partners

Johnathan Graham from Sapphire Capital Partners LLP takes our startups through what exactly SEIS and EIS is. This webinar talks through the following: How SEIS and EIS can benefit investors What companies need to qualify for SEIS and EIS And some hints and tips on the application process This talk was aimed at / focused…

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