More help at hand for London tech ventures

The London Development Agency (LDA) is to invest a further £1.7 million in a programme which supports early-stage technology ventures in their search for funding. gateway2investment (g2i) will now expand its operations to assist a wider range of London-based enterprises.

Heather Lindsay, senior SME finance manager at the LDA, says: ‘This extra funding will enable g2i to extend its reach into the creative and other key sectors, helping companies to raise the investment they need.’

g2i was launched in 2005 to advise technology companies seeking development capital of between £50,000 and £2 million. Its original three-year contract has now been extended to December 2008.

Its programme is led by accountancy and advisory firm Grant Thornton, and supported by other partners including venture capitalist E-Synergy. With the new funding, advisory firm Pembridge Partners, which focuses on the creative sector, will join the programme.

Manager of g2i, Grant Thornton’s Simon Littlewood, comments: ‘In today’s market it makes sense to broaden [g2i’s] remit into new sectors. Convergence is a real force in the business world and the overlap in sectors such as media, technology and creativity is increasing.’

Marc Barber

Marc Barber

Marc was editor of GrowthBusiness from 2006 to 2010. He specialised in writing about entrepreneurs, private equity and venture capital, mid-market M&A, small caps and high-growth businesses.

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