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Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
Funding For Technology Startups (Ed French)
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  • 1. Winning Venture Capital Ignite Leeds 2009 Edward French, 22nd January 2009
  • 2. • Ed French, Investment Director, Enterprise Ventures• Team specialising in backing early-stage companies and teams• Done around 40 technology investments~ half software• £40m under management in technology funds• Deals from £50k-£2m
  • 3. What is Venture Capital?• VC provides capital for a share of the business (usually 25-50%)• VC joins the team and helps• Everyone makes money ... OR .. Not – Some businesses fail – Some businesses survive but don’t make money – A few businesses pay back all the capital
  • 4. When should you start talking to a VC? “Early” “Well prepared”
  • 5. Why might my business be rejected?Too similar to other Too much Opportunity too products/services small (technology/market) risk
  • 6. How much money should you ask for?The least that will What you need and a Aim higher than you work tiny bit more need
  • 7. VC’s like to back companies with no competitors?
  • 8. How long might it take? 3 months 6 months 12 months
  • 9. Conclusion... 9
  • 10. Contact Details Edward French Email Edward.french@enterprise- ventures.co.uk Phone 07966 347407 Yuuguu ID edwardmfrench@gmail.com Website www.rsgf.co.uk Blog techgain.net 10

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