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SPARKUp School for Entrepreneurs: Funding for Startups

We were pleased to support the recent "Funding for Startups" event with SPARKUp at the University of Bath Innovation Centre ("UBIC").

SPARKUp, a collaboration between Techspark and UBIC, offers a series of educational and motivational workshops tailored for people who have just launched, or are thinking about launching, a startup company.

Ashfords' Chris Dyson provided a comprehensive overview of the equity funding landscape from crowd and peer platforms to angel investment and venture finance. Tara Gillam from Business West delivered a presentation on startup loans and grant funding, followed by Simon Brown from ForrestBrown talking about R&D tax credits. Chris then chaired an engaging panel discussion between experienced investors and entrepreneurs including the founders of Zynstra, IdeaSquares and LifeJak.

This event provided a good opportunity for Ashfords to draw on its significant experience working with high growth technology companies and investors and proved a great success, with overwhelmingly positive feedbacks from delegates.  We look forward to working with SPARKUp on other upcoming programs - watch this space!

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