TechForge Accelerator 6: Bagging Your First Investment - Raising Funds from Personal Connections, Angels, Banks and The Crowd

The TechForge Accelerator from Business Sheffield comprises of 6 in-person workshop sessions designed to support the needs of technology-centred startups, especially those involving software. The TechForge Accelerator is best suited to founders who are at an early stage – for example you might just have an idea, be working on a prototype (or MVP), or have done some initial trading. You can book into one or more workshops in the series, depending on your needs. The workshops last just over 2 hours with an opportunity to network at the end.

In this final session of the TechForge Accelerator for tech startups, we discuss a range of options for raising investment into your business. Whether you need £5,000 or £500,000, many founders find that they just cannot move forward without some external investment. Thankfully, there are several options out there including Debt (borrowing), Equity (sale of shares in the business) and Crowdfunding (from the general public). This session gives you a tour of these options and helps you understand which are for you. We look at more detail on equity investment too and cover some of the things you will need to know, to pull off your first deal.

The session will feature both of our highly experienced Tech Scale-Up Advisors and we are delighted to be joined by Emma Cassidy, Investment Manager at DSW Ventures, who invest in rounds of up to £3m in (S)EIS-qualifying Startups and Scaleups, with a focus on the UK regions outside London.

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