Tag: investment

Newcastle entrepreneur secures six figure investment to create “Safest Dating App in the World”

A Newcastle-based entrepreneur with ambitions to disrupt the online dating industry has raised £225,000 in a bid to create a dating platform with user safety at its heart.  Safer Date was founded by Elaine Parker following a harrowing online dating experience that spiralled out of control with a man that had a long history of […]

Building an Investment Ecosystem: What did we learn at the Accelerating Investment and Innovation Summit?

Estelle Blanks, CEO, Innovation SuperNetwork Over the last several years, we’ve worked hard at the Innovation SuperNetwork to develop an Access to Finance Programme which supports regional businesses to secure the innovation funding they need to realise their business ambitions.    We’ve seen much success in helping businesses, including ParkingPerx, Rarecan, Dyman, Power Roll and many more develop connections, raise finance and […]

The North East creative industries: unleashing the power and potential of creativity.

By Carol Bell OBE Strategic Engagement Lead – Creative England First, an introduction. Creative England and the Creative Industries Federation are part of the Creative UK Group. Our purpose is to harness the power of the creative industries to build a fairer and more prosperous world. We champion, convene, support and invest in creative businesses […]

Pitching to investors in four steps: Step one – Research your prospects

By Estelle Blanks, Executive Director at Innovation SuperNetwork Welcome to the first in a series of articles designed to help you build the skills and tools you need for successfully pitching to investors. We live in unprecedented times and with a great deal of uncertainty. But for many of us, the show must go on […]

Celebrating the boring; a pragmatic approach to growth and investment

By Simon Green, CEO Innovation SuperNetwork Last week, I was part of a panel discussion at the Connected Investing event run by UK Business Angels Association and Innovate UK. The panel, which was expertly hosted by James Bedford from Tech Nation, highlighted some important points that I think are worth sharing more widely. Conversations about […]

The North is brimming with opportunity for active national investors looking for fresh prospects and innovative new projects

By Estelle Blanks Estelle is Executive Director of the Innovation SuperNetwork, who’s work to support business growth by embedding innovative practice includes delivering access to finance events, including Entrepreneurs of the North and FinanceCamp. According to research by Beauhurst, UK businesses saw the highest levels of investment on record in 2017. Despite this, investment levels […]

Dragon leaves the den to give North businesses advice on securing investment

One of the UK’s most successful business people and panel member on BBC’s Dragon’s Den, Jenny Campbell, will head to Sunderland this month to speak to fledging start-ups and growing businesses about securing investment. Keynote at the region’s annual investor matching conference, FinanceCamp, Jenny will join Chris Reed from ProxiSmart, the North East business to […]

Supply Chain, You’re Invited

Alan Whittaker, Programme Manager at Supply Chain North East explains how businesses can benefit from learning more about the supply chain.  I know in my experience of working alongside businesses which want to grow in their existing or supporting new supply chains there are a number of challenges which exist. Aside from the current political […]

Alex Marsh from Maven speaks to Boiler Plan MD, Ian Henderson

Alex Marsh, Investment Manager at Maven, caught up with Boiler Plan Managing Director, Ian Henderson, to find out how the £2.15m investment from Maven’s VCTs and North East Development Capital Fund has helped the business accelerate the growth of its disruptive ‘digital first’ service for the sale and installation of boilers. Boiler Plan has achieved […]

Why it makes sense to signpost clients to FinanceCamp

Are you often asked for advice from clients on how they can raise funding or meet new investors? Many businesses turn first to their trusted contacts and professional service provides for recommendations when reaching that crucial next phase of growth or looking to innovate. The importance of signposting Signposting to the most appropriate type and […]