Tag Archives: venture capital

Taking the chance with a female focused tech event in Derry

When Alastair Cameron from Startacus came to Belfast to meet up and said “I want to run a female focused tech event in Derry”, I thought great let’s take a chance and see how  we can help. We offered for Raise to helps sponsor the evening social, because that’s what works for us, the networking,…

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The Five Ps of Startups

As we start to sift through a new round of startups looking for guidance on their road, it’s worth going over again the challenges that every startup faces. This isn’t to say that all founders need guidance – some people are extremely capable of navigating their way. Those folks are rare enough and opportunities are…

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€278M in equity and grants from the EU for Startups. None to the UK.

The European Commission‬ announced that it has awarded over €278M to 75 startups and SMEs through its accelerator pilot. @EUScienceInnovwas founded in JN to help entrepreneurs, #SMB, innovators and scientists scale their organisations internationally. Read More Worth noting there were three in Ireland and none in the UK.

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Ada Ventures closes a $34M fund for overlooked founders

Francesca (Check) Warner writes: The mission of the fund is to open access to venture capital funding for people building businesses serving customers who are underserved by venture-backed companies, products and services. These ‘overlooked’ people include women, black, Asian and other founders from minority ethnic groups in the UK, the over 50s population, founders from…

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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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When to Raise Investment?

The decision by a startup founder to raise investment is one with a wide range of ramifications.    The positive outcomes are cash to build a team, develop product, implement a marketing strategy and introducing some new voices around the founder.  There are also potential negative consequences as the founder no longer has 100% ownership, the…

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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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Who’s afraid of the …. Pre-Revenue Startup

Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf…. Pre-Revenue Startup? Of course, there’s more risk investing in early stage, pre-revenue companies, is that really a surprise to anyone? With greater risk comes greater reward – if you know how to manage it – and have the cojones for it but risk taking doesn’t come easily to…

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