In Planning growth, Raising finance, Rapidly scaling

Ready. Fund. Grow. – Crossing the Funding Gap


  • Thursday, 01 February 2018
    18:00 - 20:30 (GMT)
  • Grant Thornton, The Lounge, London
    EC2A 1AG - View map
  • 2:00 hours
  • This event is free of charge
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In partnership with Crowdcube.

Are you in the food and beverage industry and looking to raise your Seed round to grow your business?

The UK funding landscape is ever changing and almost weekly a new alternative source of funding becomes available to small businesses. Do you need to cross the dreaded funding gap between funds raised through family and friends and Series A? How will you navigate this funding landscape and identify which source of finance is the right one for your business at this stage? And crucially, how do you avoid wasting your time chasing the wrong funders?

‘Ready. Fund. Grow.’, brought to you by G and Crowdcube, is designed specifically with your business and your fundraise in mind. G’s Growth Finance team are experts in raising funds for small businesses – they have helped to shape over 400 equity and debt fundraising transactions in the last five years. 87% of the businesses G has supported have been successful in getting introductions to funders. Crowdfunding has emerged as a significant source of finance for high-growth companies in recent years. Crowdcube is one of the UK’s largest crowdfunding platforms, with over £360m of finance raised and over 600 businesses completing a successful funding round on the platform to date.

Join the G and Crowdcube teams and some of their contacts from the food and beverage funding world in The Lounge on 1st February for an evening of unique insight from industry funders and experts.

The evening will cover:

  • Insights into today’s funding market in the UK.
  • How to create impact with Seed investors: hear first-hand from a panel of expert investors what they look for in an investment opportunity and how you can maximise your chances of success in securing Seed finance.
  • Hear from businesses in the food and beverage sector who have successfully raised Seed funding.
  • This will be followed by an evening of networking with other like-minded business leaders plus the opportunity to book onto one-to-one funding clinics with G’s Growth Finance team and ‘Expert in Residence’ drop-in sessions with the Crowdcube team.

Register for this event today to prepare to cross the funding gap and get ready for your next stage of business growth.

  • Panellists
  • Panellists

    Helen Roberts, MD, CGP

    Passionate about growing businesses, Helen has been assisting CXO level executives of both national and international SMEs to shape their business, implement growth and build lasting infrastructure.
    Helen followed her own passions, and built her business on that foundation. In just over twelve months after starting her business, she had made over £1m and then went on to grow from strength to strength. Since then, she has assisted many of the world’s leading investment banks, and other Fortune 500 companies and has coached, mentored, trained and supported thousands of SMEs across the globe.

    Matthew Cushen, Co-founder, Worth Capital

    During Matthew's career he has been fortunate to work with, learn from and help the leadership teams of some of the largest businesses in the world. Matthew grew up in retail – including senior roles in Kingfisher and John Lewis Department Stores. Most recently Matthew has been a Director of ?What If!, the global innovation consultancy, and still helps the leadership teams of some of the most recognisable companies across the globe, including IKEA, Waitrose, SABMiller and Tesco, to develop new strategies, new products, brands & experiences and to create the conditions for innovation to thrive.

    Matthew established and sold a retail business and made many angel investments – with one very profitable large exit and a, so far, healthy and high growth portfolio. A couple of years ago, Matthew and his mate from university, Paul Soanes, co-founded Worth Capital. They run The Start-Up Series - a monthly competition from which each month two winners are selected to receive an equity investment of £150,000 each. The funds come from their SEIS and EIS fund invested on behalf of investors in a high growth and tax efficient portfolio of the brightest start-ups with the smartest ideas.

    Russell Forster, Just Eat Ventures

    Russell started his career as a self-taught data and software engineer during the dot-com bubble, who found himself growth-hacking for an early stage startup in the online auction space. He joined the "small", yet fast-growing startup; Just Eat in 2012 who went on to IPO in 2014 and is now in the FTSE100. Russell helped set up the Just Eat Ventures team in 2016 and is responsible for their FoodTech Accelerator Programme. He is passionate about his work with early-stage tech companies, helping them to discover and validate early signs of market fit. Father of 3 young, active boys; Russell’s weekends are full of outdoor activities whatever the weather.

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