An event aimed at businesses interested in finding funding brings together a panel of key players to discuss and answer your questions about your cash-raising options.

On the evening of Wednesday 14 September, startups, scaleups and SMEs are invited to the free event to meet and mingle with people who can help you explore different funding avenues.

“It’s as much aimed at startups as scaleups, as well as investors”


Held at Bristol & Bath’s tech incubator, Engine Shed, TechSPARK caught up with Director Nick Sturge. Nick tells us, “It’s as much aimed at startups as scaleups (ie. those looking to scale up their business from seed stage) as well as investors. For professional advisors, angel investors and VCs – it will help with understanding what stage this funding source is so will be very useful for their clients and/or investees.”

Modwenna Rees-Mogg The Pluralists ClubThe panel includes: Modwenna Rees-Mogg (pictured left), Co-founder of crowdfunding-ratings agency Crowdrating, Founder-CEO of Angel News, an Exec Chairman of The Pluralists Club; Darren Westlake, CEO of Exeter-based crowdfunding platform CrowdCube; Henrik Ottosson, Senior Advisor at Invesdor – which connects businesses to investors around the world; Kirsty Ranger, Founder & CEO of IdeaSquares and Founder of Crowd10 – a programme that helps entrepreneurs get funding. And if you are a serial investor or a crowdfunding analyst, there is an opportunity for you to join them on stage.

Nick tells us, “We want to share with the audience views on whether crowdfunding has become a ‘mature’ source of finance – i.e. a means of raising investment in a business that has known and predictable pros and cons, or are we likely to see problems arise further down the line, and will ‘the crowd’ remain a ready supply of cash in the future?”

“The key question is whether it’s the right route for them”


He adds, “For startups the key question is whether it’s the right route for them? And, what they should know and prepare for. It’s a similar question for scaleups but, in addition, will raising their next round via a crowdfunding platform affect their ability to raise their next round of funding?”

They are still looking for a seasoned investor who has experience of traditional and more recent forms of equity finance – if you are interested you can contact Nick here. To reserve your space, you can book online for the event on EventBrite. Keep up to date with announcements by following @EngineShed_BB