Why SMEs Should Not Be Afraid To Hear The Bank Say ‘No’

October 2nd, 2015|

For whatever reason, banks don’t always say ‘yes’ to funding applications. But if your business idea is a good one, there exists an entire universe of ways to secure investment from alternative channels. Here’s a list of the best ones.

Peer To Peer Lending

This involves a P2P online platform where money can be borrowed from private […]

Tech Startup Funding: Crowdfunding or VC

September 12th, 2015|

Free driving navigation app, Navmii, is in the middle of a Crowdcube campaign to crowdfund £1 million for its AI-fuelled personal assistant. Two days in, the app (valued at £25 million) had raised near £200,000. Techworld asks why it chose to crowdsource, and speaks to two UK startups that went a different route.

Navmii’s free mobile navigation app uses voice-guided […]

UK peer to peer lender MarketInvoice just raised £6 million from a Nordic fund

August 19th, 2015|

MarketInvoice, a peer-to-peer business lender, just closed its first major round of financing despite already being four years old and lending over £475 million ($741 million) to date over its platform.

The London startup has raised £6 million ($10 million) from Nordic venture capital firm Northzone, which also backed Spotify, and the family office of Paul […]

Venture capital drought threatens Australian economy

August 13th, 2015|

Never mind the looming El Nino. The Australian economy may have a bigger worry at the moment, a so-called venture capital drought.

Early stage businesses in Australia are being starved of funding, causing some to either list on the stock market earlier than they should, or head overseas in search of more willing investors.

“I think the […]

Crowdfunding vs VC Money – an entrepreneur’s perspective

August 3rd, 2015|

A great article about the growth in Equity crowdfunding over VC funding.

Equity crowdfunding is growing, and fast becoming a real alternative to raising Venture Capital. Crowdcube have just claimed their first crowdfunded exit. After closing our own £2M crowdfunding round in June, we’ve been bombarded by founders and VCs asking us to share our story […]