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The good, the bad, and the ugly... The latest VC trends

Last week, I was lucky enough to be invited to attend the BVCA High Growth Event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London.  The event takes place each year and is definitely worth attending if you want to network with the who’s who in venture capital in the UK. The event takes place over the course of a full day and is split into short presentations giving industry insights, lively panel discussions and some round table debates (not to mention lots of opportunities to network!). The first segment was a fascinating chat from Catherine Cutts, a data scientist who looked...
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Making Sense of Term Sheets

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  Making Sense of Term Sheets To successfully negotiate a term sheet, you need to know what the relevant terms mean and the potential pitfalls to avoid. Here are our top 10 tips to bear in mind when you are presented with an investor term sheet: Valuation Understand the difference between pre-money and post-money valuations. Let’s say you need to raise 250k and believe that the company should be valued at £1.5m: If £1.5m is a pre-money valuation, the calculation is £250,000/£1,750,000 x 100 = 14.29% equity to be offered; Whereas if £1.5m is a post-money valuation, the calculation is...
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Starting up and climbing towards success

Building and running a start-up can be exhilarating but also hard work.  Having set up and developed an events company over four years, I know only too well the late nights, last minute panics and constant drive it takes to achieve each milestone in a new business. It takes a lot of effort to keep moving upwards! And it is on this note that I recently drew parallels between building a business and rock climbing. Driving an idea forwards, getting traction and seeing it all come together are at the heart of building businesses and also working through routes on the wall. But both also come with moments that can seem terrifying (as you’ll see from the look on my face in this picture)!  Pushing through the difficult moments helps you develop resilience and learn the skills you will need to take on the next challenge – and of course you can have tons of fun doing it!

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Implementing a Successful Workplace Wellbeing Program

Workplace wellbeing!!! I understand it’s difficult to start getting your head around at times with so many other important tasks and projects in your business needing attention. For those of you in charge of implementing wellbeing, it seems like a mammoth task at times. Where do you start? Do you look at financial wellbeing, physical, mental, emotional, social, family health/lifestyle? The list is never ending. Whatever you decide to focus on, I believe that it is important to have a structure to your approach so you can make the greatest impact. I know that sounds obvious but I often see...
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Crowdfunding and Nominee Shareholdings

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Crowdfunding’s use has grown significantly in recent years to the point where it is now a common method of fund raising for early stage and growth companies. The regulation around crowdfunding is still relatively new and the FCA opened a consultation on the rules around loan-based crowdfunding back in July of this year, an example of how rapidly crowdfunding is expanding. ‘Equity-based’ crowdfunding is the form that most will be familiar with. This is where the ‘crowd’ invests through a large amount of individuals, each investing a relatively small amount in return for shares. Crowdfunding can be an invaluable tool...
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