Campus Capital Launch Event

Looking for funding to help your startup?

Campus Capital is working in partnership with a number of UK universities to deliver on-campus venture capital funds, part-run by students!

The Lancaster team will be hosting their first event this Monday the 29th of January, 6:30-8pm in The Hub, Lancaster University Management School. This event will provide the opportunity for entrepreneurial students and alumni of the University to find out more about potential funding for their startups. With Campus Capital being able to provide investment of up to £350k to startups – this is not an event to be missed! Anyone who attends the will get the chance to meet the Students VCs and receive advice for securing funding.

Please visit the event page for further information and you can find our more about Campus Capital Lancaster here.

New student-run investment fund

Campus Capital to invest thousands in Lancashire startups

Lancaster University have signed a partnership with venture capital firm, Campus Capital, to bring investment to the region and further strengthen Lancashire’s startup ecosystem. The model is unique in the sense that the fund is part-run by teams to Student Venture Capitalists!

This partnership will see the investment of between £50k-200k in early stage, high-growth potential companies, on and off campus.  There is a particular focus on ‘making sure existing startups who are already doing great things get the investment they need to scale.’ It is hoped that the fund will help to increase opportunities for companies to collaborate with the University, stay and grow in the region.

Campus Capital will open to Lancashire-based startups in the New Year, although companies who are considering fundraising within the next six months are encouraged to get in touch sooner.

Fancy trying your hands at being an venture capitalist?

Students are given the opportunity to take part in an experiential learning opportunity where they will be trained as Student Venture Capitalists to run some of the early aspects of the fund pipeline. In addition to training, students will receive ongoing mentoring and experience of assessing and analysing a company’s investment-readiness. Application to take part in the scheme are now open, you can find out more here.

To find out more, visit the Campus Capital website.

Venturefest Manchester 2017

‘Get your idea out there, find investment and accelerate growth’

Venturefest brings together SMEs with investors, entrepreneurs, innovators and academics to connect and do business. It is an ideal opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, learn how to bring innovative new concepts to market and get your idea out there. The event will include a number of panel discussions, keynote speakers and much more.

When? 14th September, 9am-2:30pm

Where? Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

One of the event highlights is the Innovation Showcase Competition, with £40,000 worth of prizes and a chance to pitch to an audience of potential investors! Small and medium-sized enterprises across the North West are invited to submit their entries online within one of the two categories – Startup or Growth by the 30th June.

To find out more about Venturefest and register your attendance visit their website here.

 

Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise

Launch your creative career with £10,000 investment!

The Deutsche Bank Awards for Creative Enterprise is an awards programme for final year students and first year graduates. The aim of the programme is to provide financial and business support to help launch your creative career.

Winners will receive £10,000 investment in their idea, as well as enterprise training and business mentoring for one year to help with the launch of their creative business/project.

To apply you will need to submit a plan that details your project or business.

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 12th of March

More information including details of the full process, previous winners and helpful resources can be found on the DBACE website.

If you are interested in applying and would like any guidance with your application please get in touch with the Enterprise Team.

 

Venture Capital = Higher Risk for Founders?

More Capital = More Risk?

‘Venture Capital is a hell of a drug,’ an article written by Eric Paley for Tech Crunch explores the risks which venture capital can place on founders including limiting their exit options and increasing burn rates to dangerous levels. The article also talks about how success for an entrepreneur should not always be defined using the terms set out by the venture capital market.

“Founders should focus on smart growth and use VC to support that – instead of treating it like a steroid”

To read the full article, click here.

The Business Finance Guide – An Invaluable Business Tool

To help you make the right financing decisions for your business…

Put together by the British Business Bank and ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty, with contributions from 23 bodies, the business finance guide is an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs starting a business or directors managing established, growing companies of all sizes.

The guide provides a comprehensive overview of financing options available to businesses at all different stages of growth. Financing decisions are critical and thus awareness of the choices available is crucial in helping businesses to make well informed decisions.

There is both a print version and an interactive online version available. The interactive version neatly guides you through each stage of the financing journey.

Click here for more information and access to the guides.

Dare you enter the Dragons’ Den?

Do you need cash for your business idea?

Dragons' Den

BBC Dragons’ Den gives entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their proposals to a panel of the UK’s most successful business people.  They have pledged to invest their own money in the best ideas.

If you are an entrepreneur, with a fantastic business idea or product that is investment ready, then we want to hear from you.

For an application form:

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Support for your application

Successful local entrepreneurs who have won investment from the Dragons’ in the past are FGH Security and Kirsty Henshaw .

If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact the Enterprise Team via enterpriseteam@lancaster.ac.uk to discuss how we might support you, e.g. by critiquing your business idea or plan, or creating pitching practice opportunities.