Harnessing the Untapped Potential for Businesses, Products, Growth & Startups


"The combination of the theory and all the data was a real eye-opener for us and we can see it becoming more and more a mainstream option for business advisers."

Steve Carroll, FD, Access to Finance Adviser, Mentor and Coach  

Transform your Access to Finance


  • Understand the new routes to investable
  • Learn how to harness modern funding
  • Discover new forms of seed funding
  • Learn How-to-Succeed from the trailblazers
  • Take away new tools and techniques

The funding landscape has changed forever and there are more opportunities than ever before opening up to fund new and existing businesses - if you know where to look.

These changes are here to stay, and this is why we think this years conference Access To Finance: Deep Impact at London South Bank University marks a turning point in the information and know-how available - and will signpost the way.

Getting to grips with all the new routes to funding - as well as ways to use them to unlock more established routes - can be daunting, so join us at Deep Impact 2016 to fast track your understanding about this new landscape.








"So many startups are unnecessarily missing out on funding - I am stunned by the number of people who could be helped with crowdfunding to grow and accelerate their business but do not know it.

All over the country people are going to business advisors and saying could I crowdfund this and we know instances where there's been really bad advice but we know that the by and large the advice is 'well this is new so we don't really know yet'. We want to change that, and we want to be able to plug entrepreneurs into this new form of funding."

Barry E James,
Conference Founder and Chair


Breakthrough - What they're saying about Deep Impact


Excitement is building as the Deep Impact conference approaches with the unveiling of the new Crowdonomic MINT providing the means to take business funding to a new level, according to funding advisors, thoughts leaders and the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group, Barry Sheerman MP:



"Over the last four years the Deep Impact Conferences have made a big impact on where we are and where we’ve been going. But in a world of automation, ‘bots robots and artificial intelligence many traditional jobs are disappearing so we need new SMEs, startups, private enterprises, social enterprises... The early adopter stage has been good - now, together, we need to go to the next level..."

Barry Sheerman MP,
Chair of the Parliamentary Group on Crowdfunding and Alternative Finance
Steve Carroll “Access to Finance” adviser and SFEDI Accredited Mentor said

"From the access to finance viewpoint the combination of the theory and all the data was a real eye-opener for us and we can see this becoming more and more a mainstream option for business advisers, working alongside more traditional routes to funding” and "one of our budding entrepreneurs expressed it as “Oh, That’s how it works”, that was the feeling around the room”
Thought leader Kathleen Minogue, founder of Los Angeles-based Crowdfund Better:

"We have been following development, and piloting, of this very closely and we believe that the Crowdonomic MINT is a breakthrough. It clearly has applications in tackling some of the challenges we have in equity funding, including in the US”



What people have said about our previous conferences...


"Thank you @CrowdfundCentre for having us at #deepimpact yesterday - it was a great event w/ lots of interesting discussion"

"Reflecting upon yesterday's #deepimpact #crowdfunding event! Great content, very excited about our book project now @lidpublishing"

"Great day speaking and listening at #deepimpact #crowdfunding conference. Follow @WeAreYimby to see more stories of #community empowerment."

"Brilliant event @CrowdfundCentre bringing all leaders & stakeholders in UK #crowdfunding together #deepimpact last 2 days - I'm exhausted!"

"Congratulations on hosting such a fantastic, thought provoking, event. It was a great line up of speakers and I am sure that you and the team were delighted with the outcome."

Adam Ross, Private Wealth Director at Jonathanfry PLC

"Well done - it was such a great event, with some stellar speakers, and a really great audience."

Adrian Oldman, Director, The Quiet Agency

"I just wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic event. I'm really impressed at the quality of speaker and the size of audience."

Warren Cass, Founder, Business Scene

"Well done on a fine event again."

Jonathan Bould, Funding Manager, Welsh Government

"Excellent workshop on #crowdfunding courtesy of @TheTSF team. Found a few more bio-businesses on new equity and reward platforms raising capital"

Patrick McCarthy, Director, CGPL Consulting

"I congratulate you on a really interesting and information packed conference yesterday. The speakers were a good choice especially the way they tackled the issues and the way forward should/will be Crowd Funding/Peer to Peer Lending."

Harvy Sandhu, Unity Trust Bank

"Well done for a great conference! "

Simon Dixon, BankToTheFuture

"I really must compliment you on a brillant conference yesterday. There was a very high degree of engagement and having an “Angel” presentation as a counterpoint was inspired."

David Hoare, DJH Associates

Programme

  • 09:00 - 09:30 Registration
  • Barry E James
    Conference Chair and Founder

    Introduction To The Fourth National Deep Impact Conference

    It's past time to modernise business advice - especially for access to finance.

    We'll be hearing from BrewDog who are perhaps the most prominent example, having raised £26Million, and counting, to become the largest independent in their sector - blazing a trail which has since been underpinned by innovators and fintech innovations.

    As a result there are new routes to funding for growth and new ways to become investable as well as more seed funding from a wider diversity of sources and new ways for startups and early stage companies to accelerate to investable. New tools, techniques and new ways to combine new with old.

    This conference will not only offer such inspiring stories hints tips and anecdotes, but crucially offer deeper insights and a new practical framework to understand how to use the new mechanisms and combine them with traditional forms of funding and finance.
  • Sarah Warman
    Task Force; Commander in Chief, BrewDog plc

    Brewing Up A Revolution: When Finance Doesn't Fund Business... And Community Does!

    Scottish startup craft brewery BrewDog is now the country's biggest independent brewer having raised in excess of £26m through four rounds of crowdfunding.

    The craft beer anarchist who has amassed more than 46,000 investors across the planet, now exports to 55 countries, run 44 bars and is now establishing a brewing operation in Ohio says it could have sold it's soul to countless devils in order to become the most popular craft brewery in the UK - but instead turned to its community which provided the company with an international army of Equity Punks who have put their money where their mouth is, invested in the business for ~£95 a pop, and become their brand ambassadors, around the world.
  • Bill Morrow
    AngelsDen

    Shortcuts to Viable? A Half-baked Idea + A Crazy Valuation WILL Get You Funded... But what comes Next?

    94% of Angels Den funded companies are still trading - around double the industry average. How?
  • Break
  • Kathleen Minogue
    Crowdfund Better USA

    Funding: Removing the Barriers, Accelerating Businesses - and Technology Beyond the Speed of Human

    Lessons from America and the Dash for Equity Cash

    Contrary to expectations rewards crowdfunding is streets ahead of equity in creating companies and jobs in both the UK and the USA - will this change as the JOBS Act and equity crowdfunding mature? What do they have in common and how can the still emerging equity ecosystem learn and benefit from almost a decade or experience.
  • Barry E James
    Conference Chair and Founder

    New Routes to Funding - It's Time to Modernise Access to Finance for Business Growth as Well as Startups

    Digital networks are transforming access to finance for startups and growth businesses, but know-how is still scarce.

    Barry will explain the new routes to funding that not only provide finance for entrepreneurial ventures but also how they can unlock Angel and VC funding. Providing new tools and techniques: Including the Crowdonomic MINT - to support the process and help upskill the professionals.
  • Panel Discussion

    • Clive Lewis
      Head of Enterprise at ICAEW
    • Steve Carroll
      Access to Finance advisor, portfolio Finance Director, Business Consultant, Mentor, Coach
    • Jamie Veitch
      Project Manager and Consultant
    • Nigel Adams
      Programme Director Entrepreneurship, University of Buckingham
    • Julian Swan
      Co-Founder The Imagination Factory
    • Tim Wright
      Founder twintangibles
  • Break
  • Jon Terry
    PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Growing Businesses, Unleashing Entrepreneurship: Unconscious Bias - What Might A World Look Like Without It? Can We Get There - or How Close, When and How?

    PwC Have done more than most to combat unconscious bias - what is the potential which might be unleashed if and when this battle can be won
  • Michelle Rodger
    Chief Communications Officer at TheCrowdfundingCenter and Top Cat at TartanCat

    Advice for Advisors (plus Business People & Entrepreneurs): How crowdfunding can make your clients more investable

  • Panel Discussion

    • Kerrie Dorman
      Founder and COO at The Association of Business Mentors
    • Yvonne Bignall
      Award winning International Personal development educator and entrepreneur at YvonneB Limited
    • Kathleen Minogue
      Crowdfund Better USA, Crowdfunding Educator, Speaker & Strategic Business Consultant
    • Penny Etheridge
      Salon Training, Salon Management, Motivator, Educator & Innovator to Hair & Beauty Industry
  • Barry E James
    Conference Chair and Founder

    Closing Remarks

  • 16:30 - 17:30 Networking and Close


Speakers & Panelists

  • Speakers and Panelists
  • Sarah Warman

    Task Force; Commander in Chief, BrewDog plc

    Having worked with the brewery since 2011, she has worked across BrewDog’s marketing team running PR, social media, and the department itself, and now heads up major growth projects including its world-renowned Equity for Punks crowdfunding initiatives.

    Sarah managed the world-record breaking Equity for Punks IV, which closed in April 2016, and capped out at £19m. This brought the Equity for Punks running total, across four rounds, to £26m. She is currently heading up the brewery’s first USA-focused raise, with a maximum potential of $50m potential. Sarah is also a Certified Cicerone.
  • Kathleen Minogue

    Crowdfund Better USA, Crowdfunding Educator, Speaker & Strategic Business Consultant

    Kathleen Minogue is a U.S. based crowdfunding strategist, educator and speaker who assists entrepreneurs, creatives and nonprofits in using crowdfunding to attain their financial, marketing and business goals.

    She is particularly focused on utilizing crowdfunding to encourage economic development and job creation, especially for women and minorities, and has worked alongside project creators on platforms ranging from Kickstarter and Indiegogo to niche platforms like Seed&Spark and Community Funded. Kathleen is a member of the CfPA and has been invited to speak at venues including General Assembly, Impact Hub, Pepperdine University, City of LA, Director’s Guild of America, U.S. Small Business Administration & Global Crowdfunding Conference.

  • Barry James

    Founder of DeepImpact Conferences & TheCrowdfundingCenter

    Instigateur, Connector, Writer, Speaker, Visionary Innovator, Visiting-Fellow, Commentator on #Fintech #Crowdfunding #Entrepreneurship

    As founder of TheCrowdfundingCenter and TheCrowdDataCenter and author of upcoming book 'New Routes To Funding: Crowdfunding Businesses', Barry is a serial entrepreneur, business mentor and consultant who’s ‘seen it all’ when it comes to investments, from both sides of the table, as well as being an acknowledged authority speaking and writing around the world on crowdfunding, fintech and alternative finance.

  • Bill Morrow

    AngelsDen

    Bill started his life as an accountant with Virgin, then moved into investment banking. He set up an international financial recruitment company which he sold to a Wall Street Bank in 2001.

    Determined to lend a hand to small businesses, he co-founded Angels Den in 2007. In 2015, he was named the most influential figure in alternative finance by City AM.

  • Jon Terry

    PricewaterhouseCoopers

    Jon Terry, PwC, is a member of the Global Financial Services Leadership Team with responsibility for strategic people issues, and in addition is PwC's global HR Consulting Financial Services practice leader.
  • Michelle Rodger

    Chief Communications Office, The Crowdfunding Center and Co-Founder Bloom VC

    Michelle is founder and ‘Top Cat’ at Tartan Cat Communications – specialising in communications and crowdfunding.

    At Tartan Cat, Michelle develops and delivers social media and communication strategies and campaigns for a variety of companies from the corporate and financial sector through to new business start-ups, as well as crowdfund marketing strategies and support.

    More >

  • Tim Wright

    twintangibles

    A respected and sought after speaker, presenter, writer and commentator Tim has anchored and keynoted events around the world.

    Tim has worked as a consultant, practitioner and senior manager with a number of global commercial organisations including Egon Zehnder International and McKinsey & Co. For five years he was part of the executive management team of ITI Scotland – a £500M innovation programme based around a highly collaborative open innovation model.

    More >

  • Julian Swan

    Co-Founder The Imagination Factory

    Julian graduated from Queens University Belfast with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering and a Master of Science in Computer Aided Mechanical Engineering Design.

    He is the engineering lead at The Imagination Factory, providing expertise in innovation & production engineering.

    More >

  • Nigel Adams

    Programme Director Entrepreneurship, University of Buckingham

    Nigel is Programme Director of the BSc Business Enterprise at the University of Buckingham, where he teaches, advises, supports and mentors students taking the innovative two year (8 term) honours degree in Business Enterprise.

    This is one of only 3 similar honours degree programmes in the world which offer undergraduate students the opportunity to study for their degree in Business Enterprise, whilst also starting and developing their own company. These types of degree are called Venture Creation Programmes (www.vcplist.com) , Within 4 months of starting the BBE Programme students must "pitch" for "seed-corn" capital from "Buckingham Angels".

    More >

  • Clive Lewis

    Head of Enterprise at ICAEW

    Clive Lewis is ICAEW's head of enterprise. ICAEW is a professional membership organisation, supporting over 142,000 chartered accountants around the world. ICAEW Chartered Accountants are the biggest source of business advice, reaching over 1.5m businesses from more than 20,000 offices across the UK.


  • Steve Carroll

    Access to Finance advisor, portfolio Finance Director, Business Consultant, Mentor, Coach

    An experienced Finance Director, I now enjoy supporting business owners on a consultancy basis, especially those facing a step change in the development of their start up to £25m turnover companies.

    My advisory roles include Sheffield City Region Growth Hub (advisor at the Access to Finance Centre of Expertise) where I am part of a team providing free support to businesses looking to raise finance for growth projects.

    More >

  • Kerrie Dorman

    Founder and COO at The Association of Business Mentors

    I started the first of five businesses at the age of 20 and have real-world experience both in Australia and the UK. Successful and not so successful. I have the ability to spot strategic flaws in business models and rectify them.


  • Jamie Veitch

    Project Manager and Business Consultant

    Provider of consultancy to businesses, social enterprises and charities, in external affairs, communications, project and interim management, research, business development, marketing, and social impact measurement.

    • Experience in business, media, social enterprise; and have worked within a major plc running a commercial portfolio.

    • Co-ordinated UK's first "community share issue" into media in 2014. This helped Sheffield Community Media Ltd raise £185,000 (recently updated from £165k after secured a further £20k in June 2015) for the development of community owned media in the UK: Sheffield Live! TV and Sheffield Live! radio, of which £115,000 was from community shareholders.

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  • Yvonne Bignall

    Award winning International Personal development educator and entrepreneur at YvonneB Limited

    Yvonne works with women entering the world of self-employment and businesses in the health & leisure industry with a focus on team performance. She is also the co-founder of the Bath based business network, Love Entrepreneurs.

    Working with early year entrepreneurs Yvonne has a deep interest in the development of crowdfunding and its place in financing micro and small businesses. As a qualified ASTD training designer, Yvonne sees an opportunity to develop training materials based on the latest findings that assist individuals in creating successful crowdfunding campaigns.


  • Penny Etheridge

    Salon Training, Salon Management, Motivator, Educator & Innovator to Hair & Beauty Industry

    Penny knows all there is to know about the hairdressing industry, starting as a salon and apprentice and working through the ranks, she has over 30 years of experience in the industry.

    Her salon business expertise spans managing a busy salon for a leading hairdressing group, growing a business from a single salon to a thriving group and transforming a struggling business into an award-winning salon.

    More >



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