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Pinsent Masons: commentary on the FCA regulatory approach to crowdfunding

Pinsent Masons recently published a paper on the crowdfunding regulations- follow link for a copy including contact details: ...

IP Group launch £30m venture fund

An article from the venerable Yorkshire Post on the IP group launching a £30m venture fund (ts second) for commercialisation of University research ...

Nesta launch review and directory of crowdfunding platforms

Following on from work done over the last year by NESTA, the website ( http://www.nesta.org.uk/assets/blog_entries/working_the_crowd ) now provides links to their Working the Crowd overview ...

Nesta report on peer-to-peer lending

See Nigel's blog for links /web/investment-network/articles/-/blogs/banking-on-each-other-nesta-p2p-lending-report;jsessionid=D0BECFFD5B1B2531CA903B220C948EAE.2dd13a02eab  

FT articles on life science investing outside London

From Manchester-based Aquarius http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2c125f08-8d98-11e2-9a8a-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2RVkUln5E

Opportunity for companies seeking finance to get ready for crowdfunding

The KTN have recently run two workshops looking at the possible role of crowdfunding for supporting the start-up and development of biosciences-based companies. From these events it became clear...

Let me have your thoughts on crowdfunding bio-businesses

I've created a survey which Bioventures folk can access from the following url. http://www.sogosurvey.com/k/SsWWRPsRsPsPsP   Jayne has been teasing me about how...

BIS booklet on schemes for SMEs

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has published advice on how to access finance schemes for SMEs.   Whilst this guide is principally aimed at people who work in or with...

Deep Impact Update

The organisers of next weeks Deep Impact conference, described as the UK's first National CF conference have released " a number of tickets at £49 - for members of the BioVentures...

More about Crowdfunding

I've decided to sign up to attend a workshop at the University of Hertfordshire on Tuesday 26th called Deep Impact. Advertised as the UK's first national conference examining the...

Lessons from Crowdsourcing discussion at January workshop

At our recent Crowdfunding workshop held at the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms courtesy of sponsorship from the Roslin BioCentre Ltd, the Bioscience Knowledge Transfer Network BioVentures Group, the...

"Show Me The Money In 7 Steps" Discovery Event, 7 Feb 2013, London

Get The Finance You Need To Grow Your Business In 2013 In 7 Steps...(& Save Yourself Thousands In Professional Fees At The Same Time)...   To get you fully investment ready...

BioVentures Event: update

Just on the way back from a very interesting event considering crowdfunding as a mechanism for funding of bioscience companies (all companies within the broad bioscience space- not just...

Free guide to SME Finance available

From NIgel Walker: ICAEW and BIS have published a guide SME Finance which explains the various types of funding available for smaller businesses.  [And I cannot recommend it...

Event: Equity-Based Crowd Funding: Will it Work for Early-Stage Bioscience Companies?

“Crowdfunding is a new tool through which start-up and young companies and entrepreneurs can seek funding for their business or idea. In the simplest form, if these individuals or...

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) is  a new tax scheme designed to reduce the risk of investment in early-stage businesses and to make investment more attractive. SEIS is...

FT Comment on AIM Investment and tax breaks

Kate Burgess from the FT says that "Treasury is right to deny an Isa wrapper" see the short article on the FT website (registration required but article is free) ...

Crowd funding website launches in UK

A US-based crowdsourcing funding website, called “ Kickstarter ”, has now launched in the UK boosting access to this type of non-conventional finance. Kickstarter is not the first...

£180 m TSB/MRC Biomedical Catalyst fund open

Biomedical Catalyst The £180 million Biomedical Catalyst, announced by David Cameron in December 2011, will see the Medical Research Council and the Technology Strategy Board working...

New Equity Investment Fund for Life Science businesses in Wales

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced a new Life Sciences Wales Investment Fund  for investments in life sciences businesses located in Wales. The Welsh Government is putting...
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