With the end of the tax year just around the corner, investors will soon be able to take advantage of the benefits of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS). Both schemes were introduced by HMRC to help small, early-stage companies raise equity finance, by offering a range of tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase shares in those companies.
Go to any bookshop and you'll see that shelves groan under the weight of any number of guides telling you how to write a novel, a CV or even a will, but penning a letter to a business angel involves a different set of skills altogether.
At Shadow Foundr we see thousands of business plans every year. A lot of these businesses are great ideas and fulfil a real need in the marketplace. But most of the time, to take your business to the next level or even just to launch it, you'll need to secure some investment.
Some interesting statistics were released late last month about the state of crowdfunded companies in the UK. Industry website AltFi and law firm Nabarro produced a report looking at the performance of 431 equity crowdfunding campaigns from 367 companies on various UK platforms, over a 4 year period to June 2015.
Shadow Foundr is aiming to become one of the UK's leading Private Investor and Crowdfunding Platforms, by focusing on the needs of investors and challenging entrepreneurs on their valuations. Being investor-focused is something we feel very strongly about.Read More
With the importance of climate change being highlighted so passionately at the recent COP 21 Climate Summit in Paris, and the World's governments never more united and committed to curbing global warming, Chilltech's proposition for investors is extremely timely.Read More
Shadow Foundr is now part of Loughborough University's Science and Enterprise Park's (LUSEP) dynamic innovation community, where almost 50 knowledge-based companies and world-class research centres thrive alongside each other, in an environment that encourages collaboration.Read More
The Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona last week was a resounding success for Cityzenith, with their booth one of the most visited in the entire show.
During the show, Cityzenith received a firm commitment from the Chief Digital Officer of Rio de Janeiro, and also 2 letters of intent from top Smart City players in China to jointly go to market in Q1 next year. China recently announced that it was developing 293 smart cities. There will also be a big announcement about a new partnership in India very soon.
Aqua Africa has made very positive strides, with management believing all bases are now covered and the project is now firmly shaped for delivery in 2016. The project value is $24.7m USD and they have structured 100% funding for the Government of Ghana.Read More