Early Stage Funding

Articles, guides and news on early stage funding for UK growth companies and start-ups.


Enterprise Ireland teams up with Kernel Capital to back Amartus

Kernel Capital has closed a new deal through the Bank of Ireland Seed and Early Stage Equity Fund.


Friends and family or venture capital?

Negotiating the gap between relatives support and institutional firepower in business funding.


In Hand Guides navigates its way to Kernel Capital deal

A Cork-based business which provides hand-held audio players to the tourism market has netted €400,000 of development capital.

Alternative Finance for Business

Early-stage finance is making a comeback

Abandoned by the venture capital industry in the era of cheap debt and easy returns, early-stage finance is making a comeback. GrowthBusiness talks to investors active in the space.


Angels launch £37.5 million seed fund

Three prominent angel investors have raised £37.5 million for a new UK-based fund that aims to make up to 50 seed investments in ‘ambitious’ digital media and technology startups.


Mycitydeal.co.uk receives €4 million

Discount restaurant and local activities website mycitydeal.co.uk has received €4 million (£3.5 million) from early-stage investors. 

Alternative Finance for Business

Early-stage funding for startups – The personal approach

Proverbially, start-ups are funded by one or more of the ‘four Fs’: friends, family, founders and fools.