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Join the interactive workshop to explore the opportunities and challenges in the world of fundraising

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    2 hours, Wed 10:00 AM BST - Wed 12:00 PM BST


    Are you a startup or an SME navigating the complex and diverse ecosystem of fundraising?

    Historically, high growth SMEs have tended to want access to bank finance rather than equity finance to fund growth.

    With a desire to retain autonomy in their business, what effect does this have on growth? What are the options open to these SMEs in the current economic climate?

    The early-stage financing landscape has become ever more complex seemingly providing a plethora of funding options: from traditional Venture Capitalists, Independent Angels, to family and crowd funding, bank lending and now, even corporate investment.

    This two hour workshop aims to help you understand the options available to you to decide how best to proceed with choosing the best route for your business.  This will be an interactive session where you will have the opportunity to learn from and interact with a panel of experts representing academia, some of the leading Venture Capitalists, active Angel Networks in London, and explore the different kinds of flexible capital support available from the Banking sector.

    The workshop will provide:

    • An overview of the various opportunities and challenges in different funding sectors.
    • An opportunity to interact with representatives from the different funding landscapes.
    • A case study of an LWIN member/health-tech startup, demonstrating their journey of navigating the different funding options.

    About the Speakers

    Andrew Dakers (West London Business)

    Co-chair, London West Innovation Network and CEO, West London Business. Andrew has twenty years of experience working on corporate responsibility initiatives and is a tireless campaigner on local and global issues.

    Robyn Owen (Middlesex University)

    Robyn, a board member of London West Innovation Network, is Associate Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance, at the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) at the Middlesex University Business School. Robyn, along with colleague Dr Amy Burnett would provide insights on the different funding mechanisms for green innovative businesses, particularly in the local freight and logistics sector. They have significant interests in the financing of early-stage innovative ventures and access to alternative sources of funding.

    Laura Daniel (HSBC)

    Laura is the Deputy Regional Director of Business Banking Portfolio Management, in the South Region. With over 16 years of experience in banking both on personal and commercial levels, she is passionate about supporting businesses achieve their ambitions by opening up opportunities for them whilst connecting them to likeminded businesses. She will talk about the different support available to SMEs and startups in the banking sector, and how to navigate them effectively.

    Alexis Toft (Minerva Business Angels)

    Alexis is Head of Minerva Business Angels, a network of Business Angels with ten investment groups based in London. Established in 1994, and part of the University of Warwick Science Park Ltd, they have, in their current format supported more than 90 companies raise over £63 million. Alexis will throw light on how to get approached and secure investments from the world of Angel networks.

    Alyssa Gilbert (Undaunted)

    Alyssa Gilbert is the Director of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment and has as strong background in climate policy. She also leads on innovation at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College and focuses on speeding up the creation, development and scale up of innovative solutions to the climate crisis. She will talk about how to access funding and secure connections to the research community inorder to support innovation and growth of SMEs.Mirjana Prokic (hangAIR Global)

    Mirjana Prokic (hangAIR Global)

    Mirjana is the founder and CEO of hangAIR global, a Health Tech startup with offices in London and New York, with the world’s first forward incliner, delivering optimal rest and recuperation for people suffering from physical and mental burn-out. They winner of Hillingdon Enterprises Fund Grant in 2020 through LWIN. She will talk about her experiences navigating the fundraising journey of her hangAIR.