In Planning growth, Raising finance, Rapidly scaling

Ready. Fund. Grow. – Cardiff


  • Wednesday, 27 June 2018
    18:00 - 20:30 (GMT)
  • Tramshed Tech, Cardiff
    CF11 6BH - View map
  • 02:30 hours
  • This event is free of charge

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Are you looking to raise external finance 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 your first fundraise from an external investor? 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, is designed specifically with your business and its fundraise in mind. The Growth Finance team at G are experts in raising funds for small businesses like yours – they have already supported over 400 equity and debt fundraising transactions for businesses seeking to raise between £150k up to £10m.

Join G and some of their contacts from the funding world at Tramshed Tech in Cardiff on 27 June 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 investors that participate in seed and later stage, Series A rounds
  • 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 finance
  • Hear from businesses across different sectors 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

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

  • Speakers
  • Speakers

    Ashley Cooper, Co-Founder and Director, Catalyst Growth Partners (CGP)

    Ashley is Co-Founder and Director of Catalyst Growth Partners (CGP) a “Smart Capital” provider of expertise and funding to disruptive technology sectors including Digital Health, Careers, Communication, Education, Property, Clean Energy, Cell Therapy, Artificial Intelligence and Media.
    Ashley holds a BEng in Mechanical Engineering and is a Chartered Director CDir from the IOD. He is a Director of BeTheSpark.Wales, Chair of the Business Wales Accelerated Growth Program and a co-founder of the Inspire Wales investment consortium.
    He previously co-founded and sold TES Aviation Group in 2012 before founding Catalyst Growth Partners in 2014.

    Dr Carl Griffiths, Technology Seed Fund Manager, Development Bank of Wales

    Dr Carl Griffiths is the Technology Seed Fund Manager at the Development Bank of Wales. He holds a PhD in Physics from Cardiff University and is the former CEO and founder of Seren Photonics Ltd.

    Prior to founding Seren, Carl worked as the Principal Research Engineer for BICC Cables Ltd and founded ORS Ltd, a manufacturer of optical probes for the semiconductor industries. He was the Managing Director for ORS for eight years, running the business and raising equity funding before becoming Investment Manager at VC firm Fusion IP plc.

    Carl now focuses on investing in IP rich technology ventures with the potential to be high growth companies. Carl has invested in a number of different technology sectors including engineering, software and materials. With new and follow-on investment experience, Carl aims to develop lasting successful relationships with the businesses he invests in.

    Carl has worked with a number of commercial due diligence providers and co-investors and is adept at helping businesses shape and develop their ideas.

    Manish Karani, Investment Manager, Bran Investments

    Manish leads the investment offering for Bran Investments Seed and Early Stage Investments, as well as work with Co-Investors to create new investment offerings. Manish has over 10 years experience working with major banks investing High Net Worth Individuals funds across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, as well as advising Family Offices on structuring new investment opportunities.

    Dr Melanie Goward, Investment Director, Maven Capital Partners

    Dr Melanie Goward is an Investment Director with Maven Capital Partners, responsible for transacting new early-stage and technology private equity investments across the South and South West of England and Wales. She joined Maven in 2016 from Finance Wales, where she was part of the Technology Ventures team and fund manager for the Wales Technology Seed Fund, providing funding to help businesses commercialise and bring to market innovative products and services across a range of sectors. Prior to this she worked as an Investment Director with Nesta Investments, focusing on early stage healthcare investments as well as in technology sector finance at Lloyds TSB Corporate, providing debt finance to high-growth companies.

    With over 15 years’ experience as a specialist in early-stage investment, Melanie has completed a range of investments in technology, life science and biotechnology businesses.

    Lee Sharma, CEO, Simply Do Ideas

    Lee is CEO of Simply Do Ideas; a B2B SaaS collaboration platform used to create innovation eco-systems. The product has been featured by the likes of Forbes and Huffington Post and used internationally across sectors including education, government and financial services. Lee has driven the business from concept to scaleup successfully
    navigating two investment rounds totalling £685k. Prior to this, Lee led various European and Government change management programmes encompassing innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth. He then moved into education delivering curriculum and service innovation across both higher and further education whilst achieving a PGCE and Masters in Entrepreneurship Education.