Knowledge of finance options in the East and South-East Midlands.
obtaining funding, grants, investment, loans;
generating a Portfolio of all Intellectual Property rights & issues;
commercialising the intellectual Property Portfolio;
general issues on setting up a start-up;
seeking & preparing for Angel & Private Equity investment.
I have a creative industries background, with over 20 years of experience in managing theatres, festivals, concert halls, museums, tourism and marketing agencies. I’m now Managing Director at https://www.advantagecreative.co.uk which has a track record of investing into and supporting creative startups, where I lead on coaching and mentoring projects.
When I’m engaged in mentoring or one-to-one support with a Founder or Start-up team, I tend to be engaged in the first instance in supporting them through the stages of a planned fundraising campaign, or on developing their fundraising strategy, often (but not always) with a focus on equity fundraising.
Alongside my professional practice in the creative industries, I have built a property investment business as a “side hustle” in the first instance, developing this into a more professional and diversified investment portfolio in more recent years, learning lots from the “school of hard knocks” along the way!
I”m always happy to have an initial chat with Founders to see if there are ways I can bring value.
I’ve spent 18+ years working in start-ups, businesses, charities and social enterprises. This involved leading programmes, managing grant funds, operations, fundraising, strategic planning and building partnerships across Senior Management Teams.
Advice on fundraising generally and on Fintech particularly
Launched my own startup and worked at early stage startups, so have experience most aspects of launching and growing a business. Happy to help with product ideation, business models, sales and business development and fundraising strategies.
Assistance and expertise in investment readiness
Help with connections to funders
Advice around what funding is suitable and realistic
Assistance in preparing relevant documents
2 startups, 2 exits, ran an accelerator, run a fund. I can help with most things relating to startups. I am really good at founder coaching/mentoring and with helping people preparing their pitches.
Short video describing the key components of a well written investor pitch deck for startups. Lots of real world examples included.
MBA, bootstrapping, strategic planning, non executive, investor,