Equity and Fundraising
Is your startup looking to raise money yet? What do you need to know about giving away equity? What should you consider before you start thinking about fundraising?
For Leicester Startup Week, we’ve invited a panel of investment experts to answer your questions on equity and fundraising.
Sandy Reid is an Investment Director at Mercia Asset Management PLC. She has hands-on experience of early-stage companies having founded and worked as CEO for a university spinout for eight years. She also has experience of acting as a consultant on spinout formation in the HE sector as well as most recently managing the spinout portfolio at the University of Leicester. In addition, Sandy has acted as both director and observer on a number of early-stage company boards, and holds the Certificate in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors.
Russell Copley is the Director, Greenborough Management Limited. He’s worked with growing businesses since setting up his own business in 2003. Russell has led a publicly funded investment readiness programme since 2012 and has helped many businesses secure external funding. He has been Regional Manager for Angels Den (Europe’s largest business angel network); sits on the Regional Advisory Board of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund; has coached businesses through TV’s “Dragons Den” and is a business angel investor himself. He is also an investment adviser and mentor for the European Start Up Association.
Locky Wright is the Investment Analyst at Creator Fund. Creator Fund is a £1.5m SEIS VC fund looking to invest in the best student, academic, and recent graduate businesses across the UK.
Victoria Copestake is Business Operations Manager at First Enterprise – Enterprise Loans, will be discussing the different funding options available to businesses, including grant match funding.