Financing your business
ONLINE: Wednesday, 29th November • 3pm-4pm GMT
A free funding event with Paul Grant & Tony Ryan
Funding clinic: Q&A with an angel investor
ONLINE: Back again 2024
With special guest, top angel investor Colin Coghlan
The Kite Method: Traction & Capital
ONLINE: Coming soon 2023
With Paul Grant & the British Library Business & IP Centre
How to Secure Capital in 90 Days
IN-PERSON: Returning 2024
With Paul Grant at the British Library Business & IP Centre
New live dates soon...
British Library Business & IP Centre.
At this practical workshop we’ll explore how to secure investment through: Crowdfunding, Angel Investors or Venture Capital. If you’ve decided to launch or grow your business and need investment but don't know where to start, this is the workshop for you. We'll help you come to a quick decision about the right options for your business. This engaging workshop, run in partnership with the British Library Business & IP Centre, packs a massive amount of valuable content into just half a day to equip you with a simple-to-follow, step-by-step approach to securing investment. The event also includes guest speakers from the angel investment community. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for promotional codes and discounts for this event.
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LIVE WEBINARS: Fast-Growth Series
This special webinar series from The Funding Game, run in partnership with the British Library Business & IP Centre, takes you through a proven, step-by-step approach to creating your own pitch documents, so that you'll be pitch-perfect when you're ready to reach out to investors.
Depending on the stage you're at on your funding journey, you can choose to attend just one webinar or the whole series. At each webinar you'll receive access to road-tested formulas and templates that have been evolved over a decade, and validated by hundreds of investors.
Join me to learn how to fund a start-up. Are you confused about the multitude of funding options open to you and your business in the UK? This engaging online course, will give you a clear road map to finding funding for your business. Importantly, it will also help you identify what is right for YOUR business and what practical steps you need to take next.
Why should you attend?
As well as finding out about the latest approaches to business financing, you’ll discover the best ways to secure funding and retain ownership of your business.
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Join me to learn how to pitch a start-up. Take this practical online course and learn the valuable skill of how to pitch your business to investors, Joint-Venture partners and potential key team members.
Why should you attend?
Most entrepreneurs fail to deliver a compelling pitch to investors and lose out on a chance of investment. By the end of this course you'll have a proven step-by-step system for creating your own compelling pitch through documents, video and face-to-face communication.
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Join me to learn how to bootstrap your start-up. How do you self-fund a start up when you can't get investors or banks interested?
Why should you attend?
Many of today's most successful entrepreneurs didn't launch their business with large private equity funding or heavy bank debt. They learned how to create value from minimal resources. They learned how to bootstrap their company. This is a skill and it can be learned by you too on this online course.
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How to Fund Your Startup
Why aren't investors interested? You've dreamed it, you've planned it, you've pitched it and still... no money. You need to turn the business plan into capital. And it all comes down to just one thing: your ability to successfully play The Funding Game. This short workshop is designed for entrepreneurs who want to save time and money in their search for capital and avoid the common pitfalls. Subscribe for course dates and discounts.
Funding for Fast Growth
The Funding for Fast Growth workshop is ideal for ambitious entrepreneurs who have created a company and are looking for growth capital, or are in the start-up phase and unsure of how to go about raising the capital to launch. This workshop packs two-day’s worth of valuable content into one informative afternoon and includes guest speakers from the angel investment community. Subscribe for course dates and discounts.
How to Create a Winning Investment Proposal
What is an executive summary? How do you go about writing one? What will grab an investor's attention? What are the common errors? After reviewing thousands of business plans, I've found that there's a unique approach that will significantly increase your chances of getting your plan noticed. For this workshop you'll be asked to bring your current business plan or, if you don't have one yet, create a draft at the workshop. Subscribe for course dates and discounts.
How to Bootstrap a Start-up
Many of today's most successful entrepreneurs did not launch their business with large private equity funding or heavy bank debt. They created value from minimal resources - they learnt how to bootstrap their company. This is a skill - and it can be learnt by you too. This workshop is for entrepreneurs who want to explore the ways they can launch their start-up with little or no capital and learn how successful companies have achieved this. This course is also available online.
How to Find an Angel Investor
How do you find an angel investor that is right for your business? When is your business "investor-ready"? How do you attract investment and then negotiate a financing agreement? This two-hour seminar is for entrepreneurs who want to know what angel investors are really looking for and learn some techniques and approaches. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for course dates and discounts.
Bootstrapping for Sales
For any start-up, making that first sale is a big milestone. And the chances of gaining funding increase dramatically once your company is producing revenue - however small. At this two-hour seminar you will learn some highly practical and creative bootstrapping approaches to securing sales for your business with little or no capital. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for course dates and discounts.
FREE Webinar: How to Raise Funding
Why is it that following the traditional route to raising capital doesn't work? How can you raise capital successfully during an economic downturn? How do you retain a majority stake in your business? This free 30-minute webinar answers some of the most common questions new business-owners ask when starting on the road to funding. Follow me on Twitter or Facebook for webinar dates.
The Funding Game runs several events throughout the year in partnership with our associates, on topics ranging from innovation, intellectual property and crowdfunding to sustainability, investment and staff motivation. To hear about the latest events and to receive free tips, discounts and alerts, subscribe to our newsletter:
I offer confidential one-to-one coaching and consulting services for those who wish to discuss their plans in more detail and receive more personalised guidance and support. Sessions are entrepreneur-led and can include advice about: strategy, marketing, executive summaries, valuation, pitching, team management, USP, negotiating with business angels, sales, exit strategies, recruitment, bootstrapping, business plans, forecasting and anything else related to growing an early-stage business. All discussions are entirely in confidence.
You can read more here, or to discuss your specific needs please get in touch.
"Paul is one of those advisors that is talking from experience rather than from a textbook. These events will save most people a fortune." - Managing Director at Arated.com Corp. Ltd.
"Paul was highly recommended to us at Onedox whilst we researched fundraising options for our business. After an initial consultation session we could see Paul's knowledge about fundraising was both in depth and up to date, which is crucial given the fundraising landscape changes so quickly. As importantly, Paul is very personable so we knew that in the months to follow we would be able to get along well.
We ultimately decided to undertake a crowdfunding round via Crowdcube, and Paul provided invaluable help as a mentor for us. He provided a framework to ensure that we were well prepared ahead of the launch of the campaign, and regularly throughout the campaign he provided calm advice, challenged our thinking where appropriate, and provided insights about how to maximise the campaign's effectiveness.
Our campaign was very successful. We hit our minimum raise in less than three days, before overfunding the campaign, hitting our stretch goal of £550k and closing the campaign early. Paul was an integral part of that process and I cannot recommend him highly enough." - Co-founder at CEO at Onedox
"I first attended Paul’s ‘How to find the right investors’ workshop at the British Library. This course adds massive value and I highly recommend attending it as a first step. Paul then supported me through the arduous funding journey by helping me to create a standout pitch, getting the business funding ready, finding the right investors and crucially increasing my confidence in our business proposition and deal. Within 3 months I had found an incredible lead investor, pitched at the London Stock Exchange and had 7 other investors vying to put in the remaining funds. I’m so grateful to Paul for the continuous support and excellent advice and guidance, it made the whole process a joy." - Radha Vyas, Co-Founder at The Flash Pack
"I just thought I'd let you know I used your tools from both courses to write a brand concept and business plan for a hairdresser client in five days, which resulted in raising over £2m of start up funding! Sadly it's not my own personal project (it needs four times as much) but it was good practice/trial run." - Owner at Girl Friday Consulting
“A fantastic course! Having taken personal coaching from Paul I would definitely encourage anyone to take this programme. Paul's unique insights have been invaluable to our progress in setting up a funding drive and he continues to be a goto source of advice and guidance to our startup.” - Your10
“My business partner and I had a fantastic coaching session with Paul in advance of our crowdfunding efforts. He helped us work through the main investment challenges and advised us on some potential pitfalls. Paul also delivered a fantastic talk at a recent Escape the City event. He talked entertainingly and informatively about "How to Fund Your Startup" in front of an eager audience of eighty people. He's also an extremely nice guy.” - Co-founder at esc
“I can thoroughly recommend Paul for his execution skills in raising private finance for a wide range of businesses. He possesses an excellent insight into the needs of entrepreneurs and deal structure. He adds significant value to his clients through excellent advice and guidance.” - Senior Commercial Manager, HSBC Bank Plc
"Probably one of the things that made Paul's presentation so useful is not that he has been there and done it (he has) but he generally steers clear of technical speak and simply tells you the steps involved in gaining funding." - Ian Kaye, Business Consultant, Charity Through Action
“For me, Paul is one of the few reliable and affordable sources of information around on funding startups, a "game" which few UK entrepreneurs ever manage to win. His recent shift in emphasis towards bootstrapping is a pragmatic response to the increasing funding difficulties all start-ups face. Recommended!” Director of Nanodome Ltd
"Paul has a wealth of experience behind him, not to mention a host of useful contacts and potential speakers. His well-rounded approach makes the event well worth the outlay." - Business Training News
"If you're looking for help with funding and have not been on one of Paul's programmes then I recommend that you put that right asap." - Director Savex ESL Limited
"Paul puts together highly valuable content that brings clarity to important matters for anyone trying to build a fast growth business. I highly recommend Paul's events. Valuable insights and sound advice from someone who has been there and is now on the other side." - Natasha Hussein, Initial AF Data Gatherer, FFCS PPI, Deloitte LLP
“Paul is hugely knowledgeable about the whole field of start-ups and raising funds. He is a fount of good advice – both down-to-earth, street-smart advice and advice on a broader, more strategic level. I would highly recommend him.” - Director of Thinking at Think Inc.
"Those 'Starting your own business' books are right - starting your own business can be a daunting and lonely place to be. However, to a significant extent, not so much if you have one Paul Grant in your corner." - Owner at Shinaii Limited
"I just wanted to email to say "Thank You" for a really, really helpful meeting last Friday morning. It was great to talk through everything with you and to plan for the next stages of growth for the business. I am very excited about getting everything on the 3-6 month Action Plan (Holy Grail!!) underway." - Owner Studio E2R
"I' recommend Paul Grant. Super-knowledgable business advisor and instructor. I attended the 'Funding For Fast Growth' workshop - a great training day that helped me in all of my entrepreneurial endeavours. Paul's one-page executive summary template remains the single best material on executive summaries I've come across."
- Product & Biz Development at PleaseCycle | Class of 2014 at New Entrepreneurs Foundation
"That was SO helpful. Best £45 I've spent this year. Look forward to some one to ones!" - Founder of Disobedient Management
“I have now been to two of Paul's excellent business seminars and also found his one-to-one coaching to be incisive and extremely helpful. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Paul as a business consultant or mentor as I know that his experience, insight and sheer enthusiasm can be of enormous benefit.” - Founder of CleverCarBuyer
"I met Paul when attending The Funding Game workshops, which I found very informative and useful. Following that I asked Paul for one-to-one sessions and soon after I joined Paul's coaching programme. Paul has great knowledge of how to raise funds, when to raise them and how to bootstrap, along with many other areas in managing business.He is a very passionate and generous coach. I trust him fully and thanks to Paul my start-up is going well after very rocky stage. Paul knows how to listen, how to give good advice straight to the point and keep people motivated. I hope we will stay in touch after the programme and after my website launch. I can highly recommend Paul with no hesitation." - Director/Owner at Onyx Connections Ltd. and Director/Owner at Morgan Tech Co Ltd.
"Everything you ever wanted to know about funding but were afraid to ask, Paul has the answers - short and to the point. Generous with his time and with a genuine respect for those who choose to go into business for themselves and who have their eyes on growth." - Brand & Marketing consultant The Natural Popcorn co.
"Paul is an astute advisor to young companies. He explains the complexities of funding in a simple way that enables you to make good decisions. After receiving his advice I was much more confident in my ability to understand, source and attract the right types of funding for all my endeavours moving forward."
- Lan Huang
"Paul has an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to pitching to Angel Investors. My consultants and interns at the London City Incubator find his presentations very insightful when we work towards investment-readiness for our own projects." - Incubator Manager, London City Incubator
"Paul has a full understanding of what investors are looking for and through his advice I was able to write an outstanding executive summary and improve my business plan, resulting in investment." - Director at Breathing Relief Ltd.
"A great introduction for the uninitiated. Not knowing how to raise funding for an idea and turn it into a reality is a common barrier for not starting a business. Paul Grant provides a clear and concise introduction that not only deals with the starting but also with growing. Its refreshing to find an introduction course that provides idea of how to get started relative whilst looking into the future." - Natasha Hussein