How to fund your startup: the differences between seed, angel and VC investors.

Looking to take your startup’s growth to the next level? 

It’s likely you’ll need investment. It feels like a big decision - and that's because it is. It’s a great way to unlock growth - but every route has upsides and downsides that affect how you structure your business and how it grows. This little guide outlines the basic types of investment that you can seek. 

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12 Top London FinTech Disruptors To Watch In 2018

FinTech is booming in the UK. London’s Silicon Roundabout - just down from our offices - is bustling with startups transforming the technologies and customer experience behind financial services. 

Here’s a lowdown of some of the most exciting FinTech companies around London right now: from the young disruptors to the later stage almost-unicorns eyeing an IPO. 

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Imogen Berman
What you need to know about the Open Banking revolution.

‘Open Banking’, aka ‘PSD2’ launched in mid Jan. We believe it’s a silent revolution in the making. Driven by a new EU directive and new UK competition rules, it means that banks will have to share customer financial data like transaction history and spending patterns when an account holder requests it. 

Here’s our top list of resources to get you up to speed on the start of a FinTech revolution

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Jared Ruddy
4 ways to create meetings that don’t suck.

When you’re busy, meetings feel like a black hole of time and energy. They stop you getting on with what’s important. They’re a talking-shop. They’re draining. Frustrating.

But it doesn’t have to be like that. We think it’s all in the set up. That meetings can be fun. Energising. Short, punchy and effective. Here are some of our tips on making a lot out of just a little.

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Jared Ruddy
What can innovators learn from the Chatham House Rule?

We are constantly trying to design new tools and tricks for creating the perfect environment for innovation. How do we uncover the most valuable insight? Get people to really open up within a group? To think broadly? To collaborate? 

Could it be that a simple rule devised in the 1920s can help us by challenging social barriers and structures that so often get in the way of innovation?

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Imogen Berman
5 inspiring reads for entrepreneurial leaders.

A little new thinking can go a long way. If you’re leading a startup or a team in an organisation to create change and challenge the norm, don’t do it alone. There are some great things to be learnt from those who came before you. 

Here are our essential picks on new thinking, high-impact tools and confidence inspiring pragmatism.

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Jared Ruddy
The Secret to a Winning Investment Pitch.

A great pitch doesn’t just get you in front of investors. Or even just get you the money. It sets investor expectations of growth. Of confidence in you and your team. Of risk and reward. These are the cornerstones of the terms of your investment and equity agreements. But is there a one-size-fits-all formula for an investment pitch? We think not. . .

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Imogen Berman
How to use research to develop great products that sell.

The secret to growing a successful business is finding the right 'fit'. 

No matter what stage you’re at, staying in-tune with the needs, wants and beliefs of your customers is incredibly important. We'll show you  our favourite tools through an example. From spotting an exciting potential opportunity to really validating a value proposition.

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Jared Ruddy
Realising the power of inclusive design.

Over the past months we have had the privilege of working with the team behind the inclusively designed ADDITION Collection from Blue Badge Style

We are delighted to announce that the collection’s first product, DRINK, has been awarded a second round of investment from the Design Council ‘Spark’ program, to take the product to market.

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Imogen Berman
The economic value of social enterprise.

This is unlikely to be the first time you've seen a title like this - there has been a great deal of discussion in recent years around the potential economic value of social enterprise.

But it's not always easy to relate this to real life. To see how and where it is happening.

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Imogen Berman