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Rotageek prepares for second funding round

In November, VF successfully supported startup Rotageek in a £1.2 million equity raise. Rotageek was co-founded by Chris McCullough. Prior to founding Rotageek, Chris worked in the NHS as an A&E doctor. He initially created Rotageek to help overcome the staffing issues faced by his A&E department, but soon left his job in healthcare to fully commit himself to the company following a wave of interest from a range of industries.  After a great year working with companies such as O2, Rotageek and VF are preparing for a second raise in October.

by Chris McCullough
CEO and Co-founder at RotaGeek

Posted on 26.Sep.2017
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SCALE UP SERIES | TALENT: FINDERS KEEPERS

At our recent Scale Up Series event in May, Emma Cerrone of Freeformers talked about the importance of talent for scale ups. Here she talks more about attracting and retaining talent in your business.

by Emma Cerrone
Co-Founder of FreeFormers

Posted on 18.Sep.2017
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Enjoying a slice of success

VentureFounders celebrated its third birthday last week. As the team gathered and the birthday cake was cut, I reflected on all that’s been achieved in the three years since it began.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 13.Sep.2017
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SCALE UP SERIES | TALENT SECURING TALENT…..IN THE DIGITAL AGE

At our recent Scale Up Series event in May, Simon Calver of BGF Ventures talked about the importance of recognising and retaining talent at scale up, for success. Here Simon tells us his top tips for finding the right talent and the impact technology has on the process.

by Simon Calver
Partner at BGF Ventures

Posted on 11.Sep.2017
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SCALE UP SERIES | TALENT: THE SHAPE OF TALENT AND HOW TO FIND IT

At our recent Scale Up Series event in May, Simon Calver of BGF Ventures talked about the importance of recognising and retaining talent at scale up, for success. Here Simon describes what kind of existing talent a potential investor might be looking for within a scale up business. He explains what talent looks like and how to find it.

by Simon Calver
Partner at BGF Ventures

Posted on 04.Sep.2017
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TALENT IS THE NEW OIL BUT LEADERS NEED TO KNOW HOW TO TAP INTO IT

Says Michael Hayman MBE, Co-founder of Seven Hills, Co-founder of StartUp Britain and Co-author of Mission: How The Best In Business Break Through

by Michael Hayman MBE
Co-Founder Seven Hills

Posted on 28.Aug.2017
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How to create events investors show up for… and remember

LONDON—These days, it can feel like investor events are a dime a dozen. With investor calendars more saturated that ever, it’s crucial to make sure your event is the one that stands out, is genuinely useful and enjoyable, and sticks in investors’ minds long after they’ve left.

by Darren Rebeiro
Digital Director

Posted on 24.Aug.2017
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The Time Is Now: Helping scale the UK economy with the London Co-Investment Fund

VentureFounders forges new partnership with the London Co-Investment Fund to help scale-up the UK’s leading startups

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 26.Jul.2017
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The Media Mix 2.0

My previous blog suggested ways to refresh your digital closet: website, social media and content, for success. As part of that, there are different media options to be considered. Evaluate each of my suggestions in turn and you’ll find a mix to suit you, your business and your budget.

by Darren Rebeiro
Digital Director

Posted on 13.Jun.2017
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FinTech is taking over the world

Pete Field, CTO VentureFounders, explains how new technology and legislation is disrupting the finance market.

by Pete Field
CTO

Posted on 11.May.2017
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Spring clean your digital closet

Digital marketing expert Darren Rebeiro gives his insight on how to develop a digital marketing stragegy

by Darren Rebeiro
Digital Director

Posted on 03.May.2017
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Growth Success: Know why customers and investors buy

Chris Ball, CEO and founder of Jupiter Diagnostics discusses how he has taken the key learnings he’s obtained from being a marketer, a customer and an investor, in order to build his innovative life sciences business.

by Dr. Chris Ball
CEO, Jupiter Diagnostics

Posted on 26.Apr.2017
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The Idea Isn't the Important Bit

Investment manager Basile Dandine explains why investments shouldn't be made on your first impression.

by Basile Dandine
Investment Director

Posted on 06.Apr.2017
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THE IDEA ISN’T THE IMPORTANT BIT

Raising capital for early stage businesses involves listening to a lot of business ideas. Although, the idea itself doesn’t really matter!

by Basile Dandine
Investment Director

Posted on 28.Mar.2017
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VentureFounders surpasses £40m funding mark in 2 years of operation

NEWS RELEASE: VentureFounders surpasses £40m funding mark in 2 years of operation

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 14.Mar.2017
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Review of Beauhurst’s “The Deal 2016” Equity Investment Report

James Codling examines the key finding of Beauhurst's research into equity investments in 2016.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 10.Feb.2017
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Taking The Leap: Why I Diversified Into New Markets

CEO and Founder of Lein Applied Diagnostics, Dr. Dan Daly, explains how the technology he developed for a specific application in diabetes management has been adapted to be used in surprising new markets.

by DR. DAN DALY
FOUNDER & CEO, Lein Applied Diagnostics

Posted on 07.Feb.2017
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Taking Control: What can be done to get people interested in backing British business?

Investment Director Jamie Beare discusses how online platforms are empowering investors to take control of their portfolios.

by Jamie Beare
Investment Director

Posted on 02.Feb.2017
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Use co-investment models to finance UK PLC

James Codling discusses how VCs and investment platforms must work together to increase the pool of liquidity available for investing in UK scale-ups.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 26.Jan.2017
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News review: Proposed industrial strategy for the UK

James Codling comments on how he thinks the government's industrial strategy will impact companies looking to scale in the UK.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 24.Jan.2017
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2017: The Year of the UK Scale-Up

As today’s speech by Theresa May confirmed, there is a growing focus from the Government on growing the UK economy as we become a “Global Britain”. Part of this will be further establishing the UK as a global business leader, with the multi-national business giants of tomorrow founded and headquartered in the UK.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 17.Jan.2017
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Scale-Up Success

Thank you again to all who made it to our first Scale-Up Series event on 6th December, I was delighted to see so many interesting, talented people in one room and hope you found it enjoyable.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 08.Dec.2016
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Navigating The Marketing Maze

A CMO’s life is a buoyant one – marketing is quite a different beast to just 10 years ago and today – it has grown horns and is starting to bite. To achieve CMO status, a significant journey through the marketing maze has already started; these guys are experts in their field with a total grasp on every element that matters. But, that maze has become significantly more complex of late – programmatic trading of online media has opened up numerous opportunities but in turn created a handful of worrying issues that point to a world of robots, adverts that aren’t seen, agency transparency, a disenfranchised end user, and an aggressive shift to the blocking of online advertising content. The next few years are going to be quite testing for CMOs; to survive, they need to arm themselves with a few weapons, an open mind and quite a bit of knowledge.

by Co-founder & CEO
James Booth, Scoota - Oct 2016

Posted on 06.Oct.2016
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VentureFounders named finalist for The Best Investment Platform at the Growth Investor Awards

VentureFounders is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a finalist in the Growth Investor Awards for ‘Best Investment Platform’.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 15.Aug.2016
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How to tap into a $ trillion market

Daniel Callaghan, CEO of current fundraising business MBA & Company, explains how the company is monetising a shift in the way businesses recruit talent in today’s global economy.

by Daniel Callaghan
CEO & Founder, Talmix

Posted on 21.Jul.2016
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Intelligent Crowd TV

James Codling appeared on Intelligent Crowd TV's Seed and SEIS Hour on 27th June to talk about the VentureFounders proposition, featuring guest host Julia Groves, Partner and Head of Crowdfunding at Downing LLP.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 27.Jun.2016
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The importance of aligning interests with carry

The phrase “crowdfunding grows up” is one that is increasingly coming into conversations throughout the industry.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 07.Apr.2016
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Exits & Return: The true measurement for equity crowdfunding

Equity crowdfunding is still a nascent industry and needs to prove itself. To date, only a couple of businesses that have received financing through equity crowdfunding have exited. We are still yet to see the true potential of this asset class, but over the next few years we should begin to see the truly successful crowdfunded companies flourish, providing their backers with the consequent returns and shifting the perception of crowdfunding success.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 29.Mar.2016
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Failure doesn’t matter in San Francisco

James Codling shares his learnings from Silicon Valley after he met with some of the most influential organisations on the West Coast of America, as part of a UKTI mission to showcase the ‘Best of British’ FinTech.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 24.Mar.2016
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Where are the women?

Caroline Lister discusses why there seems to be a noticeable shortage of women in fintech.

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Posted on 18.Jan.2016
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Crowdfunding is starting to grow up

The ‘Where are they now?’ Alt-Fi Data report shows just how much the alternative investment market has evolved. James Codling looks at some of the key findings and recommendations of the report and discusses how the industry as a whole needs to work together to develop its professional standards.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 03.Dec.2015
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The rise of the Nominee, but not all are the same…

VentureFounders was one of the first alternative equity investment platforms in the UK to pioneer the Nominee structure. With other sites following suit, Co-Founder of VentureFounders, James Codling explains what the nominee structure is and why the almost unanimous feedback he's had is that it is by far and a way the preferred method for equity crowdfunding.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 09.Nov.2015
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Christmas charity for Maggie’s

In partnership with City A.M., I am proud to announce that VentureFounders has today launched a Christmas charity campaign in support of Maggie’s, a charity to which we feel a strong connection.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 02.Nov.2015
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Why Every Fundraising Company Needs a Hook

The Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme have been great successes in encouraging more and more people to start investing in small private businesses, with over 100,000 people using the schemes last year alone.

by Jamie Beare
Investment Director, VentureFounders

Posted on 10.Sep.2015
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At a glance: The IoD ‘Opening the Equity Economy’ report

We break down and analyse the latest IoD report, which looks at the uptake and impact of the government’s EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) and SEIS (Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme) in the UK.

by James Codling
Co-Founder

Posted on 08.Sep.2015
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Making Private Equity public: Why I created VentureFounders with a mission to accelerate the Participation Economy

It's a well-known fact that the Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) market in the UK is a closed market to all but a few ultra high net worth individuals and institutional investors. You may unwittingly and unknowingly gain some exposure through your pension fund but generally, unless you have several hundreds of thousands of pounds to spare, you have so far been unable to directly access this asset class.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 25.Aug.2015
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Expert guide: Smart diversification

All businesses need to be prepared to evolve. While your focus should inevitably be on maximising your core proposition you should always be open to new opportunities and new applications for your product or service.

by Simon Woodward
CEO Feonic

Posted on 19.Aug.2015
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Why the investment market needs VentureFounders

I’m often asked in press interviews and meetings with investors why I left a great job in Private Equity to become an entrepreneur and start my own venture.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 31.Jul.2015
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Why we tell our investors their portfolios are performing better than average

This week Alt-Fi ran an interesting article entitled “Crowdfunded companies are doing better than average – but why don’t Equity Crowdfunding Platforms tell us this?” It’s a good read and draws out some food for thought around the transparency of a lot of crowdfunding sites, particularly around the lack of data provided to investors on how their portfolio is performing.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 22.Jul.2015
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What 5 things do professional investors look for when assessing growth businesses?

Investing requires a high level of consideration before committing, but that doesn’t mean it has to be complicated.

by Jamie Beare
Investment Director, VentureFounders

Posted on 06.Jul.2015
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Nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs

I often get asked to share my thoughts on what I have learnt in my experience of leading some of the biggest global brands. As a passionate believer in nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs to becoming leaders, I have some simple advice to offer from my straightforward way of thinking.

by Martin McCourt
VentureFounders Senior Advisor

Posted on 25.Jun.2015
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Is small dangerous? Why investors need growth companies

Today's seedlings will be tomorrow's giants. Well, obviously not all of them, in fact very few of them, but unless there is a steady pipeline of new and growing businesses, we will find ourselves seriously cut short of tomorrow's successes. As I have written before, this is a structural issue that has been missing from the UK economy for many decades now, but it is also a key issue for investors’ portfolios.

by Justin Urquhart Stewart
Senior Advisor

Posted on 18.Jun.2015
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Why it's a great time to be an entrepreneur

Ollie Dabbous, Co-Founder of latest VentureFounders investment opportunity, Michelin starred restaurant DABBOUS London, offers his insight into going solo for the first time.

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Posted on 11.Jun.2015
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Rewarding entrepreneurship: The new Enterprise Bill at a glance

You may have seen the take-outs from the Queen’s Speech in the news, but what are the nuts and bolts of the new Enterprise Bill that was mentioned?

by Paul Moravek
Co-Founder

Posted on 02.Jun.2015
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Hitting the bullseye with crowdfunding: How calling the shots led us to the right investors

Originally, we’d discounted crowdfunding as an option for Hiring Hub as we felt it was too public: we had big plans but didn’t want the world – and certainly not any of our competitors – knowing about them in any real detail.

by Co-founder
Co-founder, Hiring-Hub.com

Posted on 29.May.2015
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EIS is now mainstream investing – and should stay that way

Its is truly great to see the recent data from HMRC that in 2014 a total of £1.4 billion was invested in companies who qualified under the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Under this scheme, investors can benefit from 30% tax relief, loss relief, absence of capital gains tax and inheritance tax.

by Paul Moravek
Co-Founder

Posted on 07.Apr.2015
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VentureFounders calls on George Osborne to bolster UK industry by extending SEIS limit

VentureFounders, is calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to give further assistance to entrepreneurs and help people invest in UK businesses through the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS)

by James and Paul
VentureFounders Co-Founders

Posted on 12.Mar.2015
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Investors must take responsibility and not be swayed by celebrity

Sound investment principals and judgement must always be applied, the business plan should have received the right level of diligence and challenge, investors should be provided with suitable protection and an appropriate risk-reward balance should be demonstrated.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 20.Feb.2015
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SEIS is a great scheme... but it's not perfect

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is arguably the best government stimulus initiative to emerge in recent years. It has been much heralded by the start-up community and the press, whole financial services businesses and funds have been built on the back of it and it has been a key driver of entrepreneurship and job creation here in the UK.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 13.Feb.2015
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What does any of this have to do with crowdfunding?

Silly season in the art market is nearly upon us. For two weeks in mid-February the global art world will descend upon London to celebrate the best in Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art.

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 14.Jan.2015
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Crowdfunding is reaching global scale

Crowdfunding has emerged as a multibillion-dollar global industry

by Eva Weber
Investment Director, VentureFounders

Posted on 18.Nov.2014
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7 Reasons why equity crowdfunding is an excellent marketing tool

In addition to raising capital for small and fast growth businesses in an efficient way, equity crowdfunding offers the entrepreneur an interesting marketing tool, boosting the value of the actual capital raise. There are 7 key ways in which an equity crowdfunding campaign helps to market a business

by Caroline Lister
Marketing Director, VentureFounders

Posted on 31.Oct.2014
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No bowlers, no braces, no bankers

Justin Urquhart Stewart shares some thoughts on the future of raising finance

by Justin Urquhart Stewart
Co-Founder, Seven Investment Management

Posted on 08.Oct.2014
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What to remember when investing in growing businesses

VentureFounders Founder, Paul Moravek shares his 5 top tips for investing in crowd funding and how he approaches growth opportunities.

by Paul Moravek
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 30.Sep.2014
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Crowdfunding & female entrepreneurs

How Crowdfunding is helping Female Entrepreneurs

by Eva Weber
Investment Director, VentureFounders

Posted on 16.Sep.2014
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Crowdfunding - Closing the financing gap for entrepreneurs

How Crowdfunding is closing the Financing Gap for Entrepreneurs

by Eva Weber
Investment Director, VentureFounders

Posted on 05.Sep.2014
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Welcome to VentureFounders, we're open for business!

Today we launch VentureFounders, the UK's newest and most innovative equity crowdfunding platform

by James Codling
Co-Founder, VentureFounders

Posted on 28.Aug.2014
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SCALE UP SERIES | TALENT: POSITIVE. PEOPLE. POWER

At our recent Scale Up Series event in May, Simon Calver of BGF Ventures talked about the importance of focusing on talent at scale up, for success. Here Simon explains the importance of retaining staff through recognition and the development of a positive culture.

by Simon Calver
Partner at BGF Ventures

Posted on 01.Jan.0001
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