Many start-up businesses are looking to crowdfunding as a route to raising initial capital for their business/project. The idea is that you can collectively source funds from friends, families and supporters online (often in return of a gift and sometimes in return for equity).
This is a fairly recent trend, but techniques for effective crowdfunding campaigns are now being shared. Here is a brief guide, explaining the crowdfunding processes, and provide the basic structure and advice to get you started: http://spsr.me/crowdfunding-handbook. Planning to crowdfund? Here are a few sites that we would recommend:
Venture Capital (and other funding sources)
Beer & Partners – the most successful and active firm of Private Equity Advisors in the UK. They access a wide range of investors – institutional and private – for clients seeking venture capital.
BVCA – British Venture Capital Association – represents venture capital and private equity in the UK
EVCA – European Venture Capital Association
Catalyst Venture Partners – Bath based partnership helping companies to start, grow and develop. They specialise in technology and media sectors
First Tuesday West – the West of England branch of the world’s largest meeting place for high tech entrepreneurs
Investors Chronicle Online
NESTA – National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts – the UK’s first national endowment fund set up with £200m of Lottery money
Private Equity Online – the destination website for Europe’s private equity investors for news and intelligence
Venture Capital Access Online – US site
Venture Capital Online – US site
Venturefest – Oxford’s international fair for entrepreneurs and venture capital
The Wyvern Seedcorn Fund – the joint University of Bristol and Southampton Seedcorn Fund