Back Her Business

Back Her Business – New Female-only Crowdfunding Programme Launched By NatWest

Back Her Business is a new female-only crowdfunding initiative launched by UK bank NatWest in an effort to boost funding support for female founders. The nationwide programme is in partnership with Crowdfunder and it’s part of the bank’s wider ambition to reduce the gender gap and support 400,000 female-led businesses by 2025. Named as the […]

Business Growth - Essential Guide To Startup Funding Stages

Business Growth – Essential Guide To Startup Funding Stages

Funding is essential for any business to grow but trying to raise startup funds can prove to be tricky especially if you don’t know how to get investment. To help you maximise your business success, you need to know where you are and where you are going in relation to funding. Knowing what investment stage you’re […]

Crowdfunding

Successful Crowdfunding Is More Than Just Raising Funds

There is a great opportunity for UK entrepreneurs but working smart is key to growth and success. Although crowdfunding ticks the funding box, it can bolster other crucial aspects of your business as you grow. You have your business idea or even a prototype of your product, but you’ve hit a stumbling block: Money. VCs […]

Crowdfund

How Does The New SEIS/EIS Guidelines Affect Businesses Planning To Crowdfund Soon

HMRC recently issued a new and stricter Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)/Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) guidelines for businesses planning to crowdfund soon and its effect on crowdfunding could see the chances of success become ultimately higher. John Auckland – founder of global crowdfunding communications agency ‘TribeFirst’ – explores the new guidelines and how this can […]

Equity Crowdfunding

Virgin StartUp Launches Equity Crowdfunding Accelerator – CrowdBoost

Virgin StartUp launches equity crowdfunding accelerator – CrowdBoost – for start-up entrepreneurs looking to scale their business. CrowdBoost aims to address the “critical funding gap” for start-ups looking to scale, by teaching entrepreneurs how to maximise  opportunities available through equity crowdfunding. According to Virgin, 42% of start-ups fail in their fourth year due to lack […]

Gender Bias

Defying Gender Bias As A Young Female Founder

One thing I’ve realised is that too many investment decisions are made based on judgments influenced by widely held beliefs about someone’s age, gender, education, and race. Yang Liu, the founder of JustWears – a high performing men’s underwear company – and a former a VC, shares her experience of how she defies gender bias […]

Equity Crowdfunding

A Young Investor’s Guide To Equity Crowdfunding

For young investors looking to enter the world of crowdfunding as your first investment venture – We invited Luke Lang, co-founder of leading equity crowdfunding platform ‘Crowdcube’, to share his tips on what to look for before supporting a startup financially. Equity crowdfunding has grown at a rapid pace since it came into being just five […]

Alternative Finance

Female Entrepreneurs and Alternative Finance

Female business owners are still not fully aware of the alternative finance options available to them.  Last year, the alternative finance market grew to £3.2 billion with a range of different crowdfunding and peer-to-business lending platforms entering the space. The alternative business lending sector is beginning to take an increasing share of SME lending through investing […]

Cavendish Crowd

Cavendish Enterprise launches its own crowdfunding platform – Cavendish Crowd

Cavendish Enterprise launches ‘Cavendish Crowd’ as a response to demand from small businesses for alternative funding options other than bank loans.  Cavendish Crowd, launched by Cavendish Enterprise with Crowdfunder UK, is said to be the “first UK Enterprise Agency crowdfunding platform”. The new initiative aims to support small businesses at a ‘start up’ stage to those looking to grow […]

goHenry

goHenry raises “record breaking” £3.9m crowdfunding to help young people manage their pocket money

goHenry, a new digital banking solution helping kids manage their money better than their parents – raises almost £4m investment on Crowdcube. Said to be the “largest crowdfunded deal on the platform to date”, goHenry beats the previous record holder JustPark, which raised £3.5m in 2015. goHenry uses a Pre-paid Debit Card, coupled with parental controls, to help young […]