WELCOME TO A FURTHER WEEK’S FOCUS ON EARLY STAGE CAPITAL PROVIDERS
The largest number of enquiries from our small company clients focus around connecting with early stage and angel investors. We’ve done a deep-dive into the investors profiled on our website who have the words “SEIS”, “EIS”, “early”, “start”, “seed” or “angel” in their title, to zone in on those funds and networks who look at investing into very early stage companies. See if any are a fit for you, and find out more by signing into our site (https://www.matchcapitaluk.com/sign-up/), or logging back (https://www.matchcapitaluk.com/login/) in if you’re already a subscriber.
Startup Funding Club combines an active angel investor network with its early-stage investment funds focusing on British startups across all sectors. SFC’s team of entrepreneurs, mentors and business angels work closely with startups to provide them with financial, operational and strategic support required to bring their visionary technologies to the world. Since their inception, they have supported over 50 companies across the UK and Europe including Emoov, Onfido, Pariti and Future Mobile Technology, alongside dozens of other startups that they have co-invested through their angel syndicate.
SoftBank Capital makes early and growth stage investments in companies that connect people, devices and the world. They invest in category leaders in consumer and enterprise mobile, online advertising, ecommerce, social media and cloud computing. They have been making investments since 1995, with recent exits including Bluefin Labs, Buddy Media, Hyperpublic, Huffington Post, OMGPOP, Pivot and ZipList.
They seek to be the seed investment partner for the best and most ambitious entrepreneurial founding teams in Northern Ireland. As a team, they work tirelessly to help their companies win customers, make key hires, and develop strategies and tactics to achieve the fastest possible growth in the value of the company. If a team is trying to raise a first round of up to £250,000 (which can be greater with syndication) to fund the Company for up to 18 months to a Series A funding event and beyond, then please do talk with them. Among the many partners they have co-invested with – funds such as Schroders and KKR; VCs such as NEA, Balderton, DN Capital, SEP, Octopus, DFJ/DFJ Esprit, Paladin, Partech and Corporate Ventures such as NTT DoCoMo, Intel, Qualcomm and Google – they have access to networks of capital to help fuel the most ambitious of global plans.
Firestartr is a place to build revolutionary digital businesses. Firestartr helps the most promising Internet and software entrepreneurs take their companies from seed stage to Series A and beyond. Beyond providing seed-stage capital, they draw on their entrepreneurial successes and senior operational experience with leading technology companies to support sustainable growth in our portfolio. Their deep domain expertise, combined with an unrivaled network of advisors, enable them to make meaningful connections at the right time and propel companies to Series A and beyond. Firestartr operates as a venture platform that syndicates investments with a curated network of domain experts. Their flexible pledge structure benefits both entrepreneurs (one line on the cap table) and investors (greater deal choice, tax advantages such as EIS, no lock in).