The 10 types of investors you’ll meet when crowdfunding

I have two crowdfunding experiences - and over the years have met 100s of investors. I found that the investors you meet when crowdfunding fall broadly into ten categories. Some good, some not so good. If you’re crowdfunding, read on for a useful heads-up. If you have experienced crowdfunding, my views may resonate! If you invest in crowdfunding businesses and you identify yourself in one of the categories, this message is ...

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10 quick tips for a successful funding round

You've decided that you need to raise money! Growing some thick skin is a good start but read on for 10 other tips on how to successfully close your funding round.   1. Your deck. Know every last detail but don't always include it Expect it to take a long time to perfect your pitchdeck. It makes you think deeply about all parts of your business and pushes you to do more research ...

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Dinner with Forward Partners #AfterDinnerRoundup by Victoria Burlacu of Faber Novella

We love hearing first hand from our members about their experiences at our dinners. It helps us do better - and it gives a useful insight into the experience for people thinking about dining with us. Great to hear from regular diner, Victoria Burlacu, founder of Faber Novella.... "There are so many events taking place in London that networking can easily turn into a full-time job. While I am a great believer ...

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Dinner with Carlos Espinal – #AfterDinnerRoundup by Alex Price, 93digital

We always enjoy reading about our dinners through the eyes of our members and this write-up is no exception! "Anyone who runs a business will quickly discover what their most valuable asset is - time. Balancing time and choosing where to spend those extremely rare spare bits is a challenge at best, especially when it comes to networking. But when the opportunity comes along to have dinner with Carlos Espinal, Partner at ...

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Tom Maddocks and Tracy Doree – #AfterDinnerRoundups

This week's dinners covered the topics of marketing and fundraising, with speakers from the investment and media worlds. Tom Maddocks, ex-BBC2 reporter and now one of the UK's leading authorities on media training and presentation coaching. Dinner with Tracy Doree, founding partner at Spring Partners As part of our 'Meet the investor' series, Tracy Doree spoke extensively about the fundraising process and how to do it successfully. Having experienced fundraising from both ...

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Want to join 500 Startups?

Speaking with Matt Lerner, London Partner of 500 startups at dinner last week, he covered the topic of how startups can get a big, fat yes for their application to join their accelerator programme. Here's what you need to know: How 500 Startups invests To date, 500 Startups has Invested in 1500 startups, in 52 countries, with offices in 29 countries. That's a total of $250M invested, with the biggest investment being ...

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Public Speaking & 500 Startups #AfterDinnerRoundup

We had two fab dinners this week with none other than 500 startups' Matt Lerner talking on things growth and the MetaSpeech ladies helping their fellow diners to perfect that pitch and own the room. Public Speaking dinner with MetaSpeech We mixed it up a little on Monday night when Emma and Marianna, co-founders of MetaSpeech joined us for dinner at The Anthologist. With a wonderfully intimate group, Emma and Marianna wove ...

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Perfect your pitch with MetaSpeech next week

Speaking in front of people can be incredibly nerve-racking for even the most seasoned public speakers. And we have to do it all the time, whether pitching for investment or new business, selling an idea or ourselves or presenting information to others. Cue MetaSpeech founders, Emma Zangs and Mariana Marque, who've built a business that helps people become relaxed and confident speakers for pitch presentations, job interviews, or even in front of a camera. Their ...

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Crowdcube Dinner #AfterDinnerRoundup

The Anthologist in The Square Mile is a beautifully trendy venue with a crowd that is winding down from a days work blending in nicely with the smart restaurant goers. Tuesday night's TableCrowd dinner saw Jonathan Keeling, Head of Partnerships, talk to his fellow diners about the importance of partnerships for new businesses with limited resources, as well as how to maximise this for your growth strategy. Jonathan worked previously at ...

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