Alternative Finance for Business

Bridging the equity gap between seed capital and institutional fundraising

The minefield between seed capital and a first institutional fundraising can be tricky to negotiate. GrowthBusiness speaks to entrepreneurs who have successfully bridged the equity gap.

Venture Capital Funding

Fundraising: The first steps

Never mind how you’re going to get funding, what should you be asking for in the first place? We report on how to determine what type – and amount – of finance you need.


Catapult Growth Fund aims investment at Kick Sport

Martial arts retailer Kick Sport has secured an £850,000 investment from the Catapult Growth Fund to accelerate its growth plans.


PrivateFly seeks £1.5 million of funding

Online booking network PrivateFly.com is seeking a second round investment of £1.5 million in order to accelerate international expansion.

Venture Capital Funding

How not to be lazy in raising finance

Matthew Stafford, project leader specialising in technology start-ups and equity investment at Pembridge Partnership, explains how not to be lazy in securing investment.


Advent takes stake in social media marketing

London-based venture capital firm Advent Venture Partners has joined in a $17 million (£10.3 million) Series C fundraising round for social media management software provider Vitrue.


Energy researcher Tokamak adds £170,000

Fusion research company Tokamak Solutions has secured £170,000 in a first round of fundraising to continue development of a device that could lead to cleaner nuclear power.


Re Pet secures £1.2 million fundraising

The North East Accelerator Fund has backed plastics manufacturer Re Pet in a fundraising round that secured £1.2 million for the business ahead of the launch of its products.


Light Blue Optics in Series A extension

Cambridge-based Light Blue Optics has raised an additional $15 million to develop its laser display technology.


Euro Capital raises £0.8m

East European-focused property hopeful Euro Capital Projects, which lost £164,000 in the six months to March, has raised £800,000 at a lowly 1p to provide additional working capital.

Venture Capital Funding

Success on the fundraising trail – Know your institutional investor

Success on the fundraising trail is all about knowing what types of businesses fund managers are looking for, how well connected they are, and what they can offer you once the cash has been injected.


Quorum concludes SWAIN investment

Bristol-based conferencing technology developer Quorum Tools has finally succeeded in raising £300,000 to help finance its growth ambitions, thanks to support from The South West Angel and Investor Network (SWAIN).