Equity funding is an important element in supporting the growth of ambitious businesses. The Investment Conference organised by The Business Funding Show on Nov 13th in London provided entrepreneurs the tools to understand when to consider funding during their life cycle.
Before starting to search for funding is key to understand how much the business needs and how the funds will be used. It is also important to identify the stage the business is at in its growth cycle as this will impact the type of funding it can access. Equity financing can support a range of SMEs from start-up through to later-stage finance.
During the conference crowdfunding platforms explained how to gain traction and early customers and how crowdfunding can bring marketing opportunities.
Business angels, that are the country's largest source of investment for start-ups and early-stage businesses, discussed the right way to approach potential negotiations and to compromise between the capital and relevant expertise of an angel.
Finally, venture capital funding was debated as one of the most challenging of all equity funding options to obtain. The panellists explained how it is important to make the right pitch deck to stand out from the crowd.
Start-up and early stage businesses venture capital can help fund early growth including R&D, product development and testing or commercial trials. Once businesses has achieved profitability and cash generation, private equity firms can help drive further expansion.
Missed this event? Why not fulfil your funding wishes this Xmas and join BFS at their Christmas Networking Soiree with Funders (happening on Dec 11th at WeWork Paddington) where you can meet top investors and lenders and chat your way to business growth!
Alternatively, check out their annual flagship show BFS '19 (happening on Feb 21st at East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf) – the only funding exhibition in the UK & EU – for your one-stop-shop to alternative business funding, no matter your stage or sector.