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Funding the future of your business - from bank loans to angel investment

FounderCatalyst is a supporting partner for the Tech South West StartUp Studio, a virtual accelerator for early stage tech companies in the South West.

Whether your business reaches its goals in 2 years or 10 years will probably come down to the availability of cash. At one end of the scale you can bootstrap, sweat the business for all it’s worth and insist everyone brings their own...

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British Business Bank: Funding your startup

All new companies need funding of some sort to get started. So, where can an early-stage business get this support from?

The bank of mum and dad

The first port of call is often friends and family – they know you already and (hopefully) believe in your business. This can be a particularly helpful capital injection for early-stage founders who have no prior track record in business and...

A startup company

Emerging South West tech companies need easier access to funding, says new report

Early stage tech companies in the South West need clearer signposting to the funding opportunities that are available to them in the region, a new report released today has revealed.

The recommendation is one of many laid out in the report, commissioned by Tech South West, that explores how to better support tech startups in the South West.

Tech is the fastest growing part...

Balloons in the sky

FinTech West links with TISAtech to open up opportunities for South West FinTechs

FinTech West has announced a partnership with TISAtech, via its website .

The arrangement is aimed at opening up business development opportunities for South West FinTechs to engage with established financial services organisations.

TISAtech is a global digital platform that connects FinTechs with financial services firms, predominately banks, insurers, retail platforms and...

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#Idea2Pitch returns as part of Bristol Technology Festival to support early-stage tech startups

SETsquared Bristol's free #Idea2Pitch workshop for tech startups is returning in-person at Engine Shed on 13th October 2021 as part of Bristol Technology Festival .

#Idea2Pitch is a chance for novice entrepreneurs to explore the viability of a new business idea or for early-stage companies to enhance and hone their skills before approaching investors.

The event includes a...

 QTEC in Bristol

New programme launched to support deep tech startups

A new 6-month pre-incubator programme has been launched in the South West to support the rapid generation of new quantum, engineering and scientific technology companies.

The QUEST programme will start in October 2021, run by the Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) in Bristol, winners of the People's Choice Award at the Tech South West Awards 2020.

QUEST is a six...

Factory Cheltenham

"Unprecedented" cyber startup campus set for development in Cheltenham

One of the biggest tech startup campuses in Europe is set to be developed in Cheltenham, according to TechCrunch .

The South West city is already home to British spy headquarters GCHQ, large corporations such as IBM, Raytheon, Microsoft and BAE Systems as well as startups like Truststamp, Bamboo Technologies, Ripjar, Hub8 and CYNAM.

In 2019, the Cheltenham Autonomous Region...

Technology Colleagues

Future Fund: Breakthrough breaks free

This is a guest post from Bishop Fleming , a Top 30 accounting firm in the UK and an award winning tax practice.

As announced in the Spring 2021 Budget , a new £375m Future Fund: Breakthrough scheme has been launched to help support high growth, innovative and R&D intensive firms.

The scheme allows the government to co-invest with private investors to help scale-up...

Startup founders working at a desk

Early stage SW tech startups invited to join fully-funded accelerator programme

Pre-seed and seed stage tech startups are being invited to apply to the South West’s only region-wide accelerator for early stage tech companies.

Tech South West StartUp Studio is tailored for up-and-coming tech companies looking to accelerate their growth and secure funding. The fully-funded digital programme takes founders through an intensive and fast-paced programme to develop...

Marty Reid, Engine Shed

Marty Reid: Why the region is a melting pot for fintech innovation

Marty Reid is the director of Bristol tech hub Engine Shed . This is an extract from a talk given by Marty at the UK FinTech Week: Bristol & Bath Fintech Cluster Showcase , originally published on the Engine Shed website .

Fintech is a truly innovative sector in the West of England, not because of its potential to generate revenue for the financial services sector, but because it...