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Funding

Startup Funding Club

Startup Funding Club is an award-winning network of business angels and early-stage investment fund supporting UK-based startups. SFC has already supported over 120 companies.

If you are a young company looking to raise up to £500K of SEIS/EIS funds, visit their website and apply for funding.

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Essential guide to start-up funding stages

Essential guide to start-up funding stages from Innovate UK

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Changemaker Fund (for social enterprise)

Changemaker is a fund to help social enterprises, small charities and community groups to deliver projects in the UK that create innovative solutions to improve communities.

Santander has £200,000 to support Changemakers who turn to the Crowd to make great ideas happen.

The Changemaker Fund has been created to support projects that help disadvantaged people to have confidence in the future by building skills and knowledge or innovative ideas that help communities prosper.

If you have a project which the Crowd support we’ll provide the final 50% to help you reach your target.

Together we can create social change through the power of ideas.

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Britbots – High Growth Robotics Fund

The British Robotics Seed Fund is the only investment fund specialising in UK-based robotics start-ups. As automation and robotisation begin to drive significant productivity improvements across the global economy, the fund looks to invest in and nurture the most innovative and disruptive businesses that are exploiting the next generation of robotic technologies.

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AngelList

Find investors for your startup, find jobs in startups or even invest in a startup.

AngelList is a platform for startups to raise money online, recruit employees, and apply for funding. It was started in Jan 2010 by Babak Nivi and Naval Ravikant, who also wrote Venture Hacks.

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65 Questions Venture Capitalists Will Ask Startups

Entrepreneurs need to be prepared in pitching their startup companies to a venture capitalist by anticipating the questions they will receive. The failure to have thoughtful and reasonable answers to VC questions will decrease the likelihood of the company getting funded. The following is a list of key questions the entrepreneur should answer in the pitch or anticipate getting asked.

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The Ultimate Pitch Deck to Raise Money for Startups

Great startups don’t fund themselves. Raising money from investors for your startup is challenging at any stage and requires a great pitch, even for experienced founders with significant traction in their company.

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Seedcamp

"We believe the most ambitious founders seek out the smartest capital. Smart capital is more than the money to get you started. To realise your vision you need to tap into a global network of the right Advisors and overcome the challenges you'll face in the fastest possible time. You need to put yourself in a position to have your choice of Talent, Advisors and Investors, wherever they are across the globe. At Seedcamp, we are that catalyst. We are your first round of smart capital." The Seedcamp Team

The deadline to apply is 24th April.

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Big Lottery Funding

Every year, millions of pounds of the National Lottery's good cause money is distributed to community groups and charitable projects around the UK.

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Kickstarter

A crowdfunding website. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you.

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Unltd social enterprise funding

A range of different funding opportunities for those looking to set up a social start up.

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Prince’s Trust

Support to apply for a low interest loan of up to £4,000 for a sole trader and up to £5,000 for a partnership to help you to start your business*. This is part of the startup loans offer.

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Start up Loans

A government funded scheme to provide advice, business loans and mentoring to startup businesses. Available to businesses yet to launch or those that have been trading for up to 12 months, although in certain circumstances this may be extended to 24 months.

Local delivery partners for the loan can be found at: http://www.startuploans.co.uk/partners/delivery-partners/

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The Partnership Foundation Fund

One-off grants for social enterprises, voluntary and community organisations to help them grow, adapt to change or merge.

Deadline: 15th June 2018

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Our Advice

There are a range of funding and grants available to start-ups.

You may find that some funding available has strict criteria e.g. age, type of business or how they money can be spent.

It is important make sure the funding you are applying for is related to your business idea. Read all the guidance notes before applying and don’t forget to read the small print.

There is plenty of funding out there for entrepreneurs with well-developed business models, but double-check the terms of any accelerator funds who will ask for a share of equity in your business in return for participation.