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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