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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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Crowdfunding Success: Batchbuddy at 83%!

One of our fledgling startups worked their way through product development and into a Kickstarter campaign about three weeks ago. 75% of the way into the campaign they’re at 83% funded – and all authentic pledges which, as most will know from Kickstarter analyses, is pretty awesome. Batchbuddy is certain to get across the line…

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The Reality of Equity Crowdfunding

Reality of Equity Crowdfunding Raising investment for start-ups is one of the many challenges an entrepreneur will face.  This has always been the case, even back in the 17th Century when entrepreneurs stood on tables in Jonathan’s Coffee Shop in the City of London.  They shared their business opportunities and merchants would offer investment.  Their…

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A Quick review of Raise the Glass

Raise the Glass was the latest in our series of pitching events for founders and investors. Founded itself when there was no way for startups to meet financiers it’s proving to be popular! Last night we had six pitches, half of them going through the Raise programme and half of them independent. It’s important for…

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Countdown to RAISE THE GLASS – 16th October

In the aftermath of INVENT 2019, we were left with some interesting questions. There was an impression that we only work with the companies we mentor. We work with a lot more. We also spend a lot of time raising the tide; the rising tide lifts all ships. What is Raise? Raise (and Raise Ventures)…

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And many, perhaps most, get screwed…

Chilling description of what can happen if you don’t have someone to come to for advice. The term-sheet mentioned (with the 5x Liquidation Preference and the double-dipping) came from the now-defunct e-Synergy – a so-called venture (vulture) capital firm engaged by Invest NI to manage their spin-out fund (NISPO!). The predatory clauses on the term…

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