FUNDING GROWTH FOR SMES


Alternative Finance for SMEs: How Can an SME Raise Money for Growth when the Banks Wont Lend?

Scotland's Brewdog recently raised almost £20Million, in their fourth round so far, and are now the biggest independent brewery in Scotland. How did they do it - and could you?

Routes to finance have changed - and there's no map. Modern finance - including Alternative Finance - comes in many forms and can be blended with, and provide better access to, the more traditional forms of finance lending and equity.

Funding for growth has been hard to come by for almost a decade for the UK's SMEs. Yet new forms of funding including enabling your own “crowd” of customers or suppliers to invest and lend directly, as well as other innovative forms such as invoice finance are, as yet, largely untapped and have huge potential to transform businesses - and the business landscape.

As well as guiding you through the maze with unbiased information and deep insights helping to save time and increase opportunity by cutting through this jungle we will

  • Look at case studies such as Brewdog
  • Explore the facilities services now available that Brewdog could only dream of
  • Explain how services and models can be combined and blended to get you where you need to be...
  • ...including using innovative models as a fast-track to access more traditional funding

This conference will focus on how SME’s can use leverage such platforms to raise a cash injection for growth.

The conference will feature world class speakers to inspire, industry expert panels to stimulate discussions and carefully selected exhibitors to provide support and advice. The day will also include the opportunity to network and build connections with attendees and guests experts.


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Capitalism Rebooting - It's time to reach for the reset button!


It must have happened to you? Something on your computer crashed and now it's running so slow it's impossible to get anything done. It's time for a reboot.

Capitalism Rebooting: This time it's PERSONAL
Crowdfunding is capitalism - but not as we've known it. It's personal. Already thousands of people are being equipped to roll their own role - create a job for themselves and others by hitting the Crowdfunding switch. Resetting to what noted thinker and VC Julie Meyer calls individual capitalism. Capitalism on it's head - without all the 'barriers to entry' and the 'gatekeepers'.

Capitalism Rebooting: This time it's DIGITAL
This time it's digital, democratic and hyperconnected. We've all known that the digital revolution holds the key to a new age. That hyperconnectivity can create a new, very different digital, economy. It's here, it's started. These massive paradigm shifts rarely happen in the ways expected or predicted by governments - or anyone else. What seemed a minority interest on closer examination reveals that this really is the new democratic, digital economy in action. Will the UK again throw away world it's world leadership position?

Capitalism Rebooting: This time it's OPEN
The World Wide Web has proved beyond any doubt the economic and social power of openness and 'the network effect'. Crowdfunding builds on the hyperconnected, social, world it has now created to bring that openness to individual capitalists. It's no longer just about the 'goliath' factory owners and gatekeepers running massive VC funds. It's open and everyone can participate - start something, support something or spread the word.

It's time to reboot: nationally, regionally, locally. To regenerate our towns & cities. Communities and people, led by entrepreneurs motivated to deliver what people actually need and want - not just a fatter bottom line, regardless of the consequences.

Come and find out how!

Capitalism Rebooting - It's time to reach for YOUR reset button!

It's up to you to: Start something, support something, spread the word.


Introduction Tickets

Entrepreneurs and Business Owners


Change is in the air. With disruptive change come new challenges, new opportunities. Since the first Deep Impact conference Crowdfunding has, as we predicted, become mainstream. Opening up opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses everywhere.

New, better routes to funding. New, better kinds of funding Crowdfunding has changed the very nature of entrepreneurialism, removed the ‘gatekeepers’ their fixed forms and agenda and opened up immediate access to people, markets and funding.

For entrepreneurs and artists, social entrepreneurs and all ‘the makers’ Crowdfunding, and the innovations following in it’s wake, mean that any energetic, truly committed entrepreneur can now get the funding they need to get started and to grow their business – without the hurdles and distortions of the gatekeepers, their rake-offs and agendas.

On 1st Nov. at The Royal Geographical Society we will be mapping this new landscape led by the pioneers from Crowdfunding and the investment community, as well as the key entrepreneurs who are making some of the biggest waves. Including…

Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge has helped thousands of entrepreneurs in the UK and across the world find the funding to get started and to grow a business. An ex VC and Angel investor he will explain why Crowdfunding changes everything. Not just giving entrepreneurs access to finance, without the gatekeepers, but how the Open Era transforms the entrepreneur’s journey

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angel's Den, will be explaining how Crowdfunding is not replacing but is transforming as well as supporting traditional Angel and VC investing, why they've launched their own Crowdfunding platform and how he sees this transformation affecting opportunities for entrepreneurs as well as investors. The day will provide a golden opportunity to understand how to access new funding to grow a business or start a new one, as well as hear from and meet leading investors face to face.


Briefing Tickets

Investors, Angels and VCs


Change is in the air. With disruptive change comes both new challenges and new opportunities. Since the first Deep Impact conference Crowdfunding has, as we predicted, become part of the mainstream.

The challenges have grown, and crystallised. So have the opportunities.

Crowdfunding is changing the very nature of entrepreneurialism from the ground up. New opportunities for investors and investment strategies are abundant.

On 1st Nov. at The Royal Geographical Society we will be mapping this new landscape led by the pioneers from Crowdfunding and the investment community, as well as the key entrepreneurs who are making some of the biggest waves. Including…

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angel's Den, will be explaining how Crowdfunding is not replacing but is transforming as well as supporting traditional Angel and VC investing, why they've launched their own Crowdfunding platform and how he sees this transformation affecting the entire industry

Angel and erstwhile VC Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge will be explaining why the Open Era is so different, why Crowdfunding ‘starts in a completely different place’ and why this is a good thing – for investors as well as everyone else. He’ll help us explore the implications for the future of Venture Capital, early stage investing, and entrepreneurship. The day will provide a golden opportunity to understand this new wave - including the impact of openness, Open Data and


Briefing Tickets

Academia, Coaches, Mentors and Professional Advisors


Change is in the air. With disruptive change comes both new challenges and new opportunities. Since the first Deep Impact conference Crowdfunding has, as we predicted, become part of the mainstream. The challenges have grown, and crystallised. So have the opportunities.

Crowdfunding is changing the very nature of entrepreneurialism - from the ground up. For entrepreneurs and artists, social entrepreneurs and ‘the makers’ Crowdfunding and the financial innovations following in it’s wake mean that any competent entrepreneur can now get the funding they need to get started and to grow. Without hurdles and distortions of the gatekeepers, their ‘rents’ and agendas.

On 1st Nov. at The Royal Geographical Society we will be mapping this new landscape led by the pioneers from Crowdfunding and the investment community, as well as the key entrepreneurs who are making some of the biggest waves. Including…

Professor Alan Barrell, Entrepreneur in Residence at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge will explain why the Open Era is so different, why Crowdfunding ‘starts in a completely different place’ and why this is a good thing – for entrepreneurs and investors. He’ll explore the implications for the future of Venture Capital, early stage investing & entrepreneurship.

Bill Morrow, Founder and CEO of Angel's Den, will be explaining how Crowdfunding is not replacing but is transforming as well as supporting traditional Angel and VC investing, why they've launched their own Crowdfunding platform and how he sees this transformation affecting the entire industry The day will provide a golden opportunity to understand this new wave - including the impact of openness, Open Data and Big Data as well as open funding - and how it will affect investing in the coming months and years.


Briefing Tickets