Why FinanceCamp?

What is FinanceCamp?

FinanceCamp makes it easier and speedier for businesses to get hold of the money they need to grow.

It’s a programme of preparation that culminates in an exciting event – the next on Wednesday 24th May 2017 – at Ramside Hall, Durham, where businesses with bright ideas meet lenders who want to lend and investors who want to invest. Whether you need a £1,000 start-up loan or a multi-million pound equity funding round, you’re on the right path to the right funder.

We’ll give you the knowledge and tools to explore the different sources of funding available to you, weigh up what fits you best and prepare your business for investment. Then, when you’re fully prepared, we’ll introduce you to the people who can make it happen.

Who is it for?

FinanceCamp is open to all enterprises in all sectors: large and small, well established and newly launched, commercial and non-profit making.

The programme is flexible to suit your business’s needs and to get what you want from it. Knowledge. Opportunities. Contacts. Investment.

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Start-ups

Sharpen your funding pitch

Heaps of ambition but short of experience? We’ll guide you through a process that increases your chances of securing the finance you need. Prepare, perfect, pitch.

Growing businesses

Explore new routes to finance

Need to finance your next step? We'll help you consider all viable sources of finance to find the best fit for your business. Then we'll introduce you to the people who have the money you need.

Investors

Meet viable investment opportunities

Ambitious companies with bright ideas and viable business propositions. That's who you'll meet at FinanceCamp. Our preparations mean ideas are watertight and pitches are perfect.

Who’s behind it?

FinanceCamp is delivered by the Innovation SuperNetwork, the people behind the region’s annual innovation conference VentureFest North East, and other activities designed to boost the economic prosperity of the region.

FinanceCamp was designed to build on the popularity of VentureFest’s investor introductions, providing more funding opportunities throughout the year and accelerating the rate of innovation within the region’s businesses.

In 2016 we organised more than 400 investor meetings.

FinanceCamp has been developed with input from businesses and a wide range of enterprise organisations, both local and national.  It’s supported by Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, North East LEP and North East BIC, with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

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What happens next?

Once you apply, we’ll be in touch to discuss how you can make the most of FinanceCamp.

We’ll spend some time getting to know your business and identifying how we can help you to prepare for investment. We’ll find out what type of finance you’re looking for and establish the type of investors you’d like to meet.

Then we’ll invite you to a series of workshops where you’ll be able to:

  • explore your finance options
  • strengthen your proposition
  • prepare your pitch
  • polish your presentation skills

At our Growth Hub Live: Accessing Finance drop-in session you’ll be able to speak to a whole series of experts. They will give you answers to any questions you might have on topics affecting your business plan including intellectual property, law, accountancy and market research.

Then join us for our big event on Wednesday 24 May at Ramside Hall, Durham to:

  • meet face to face with the investors who are matched to your business
  • hear words of wisdom and warning from other companies who’ve raised finance in the past
  • meet new contacts and experts to explore new opportunities

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VENUE: Ramside Hall, Carrville, Durham DH1 1TD

“It was really exciting to see such a spread of opportunities in front of us. It became as much about us choosing the right business partner as it was about selling ourselves to funders. In one afternoon we were able to meet with a wide range of potential investors and immediately narrow down those that were right for us – a task that ordinarily would have taken months of correspondence and meetings.”

Jon Haines, Co-Founder of VEO (Video Enhanced Observation) Ltd which secured £150,000 at Venturefest North East to develop its real-time video tagging technology

“When businesses pitch to investors it’s really important they’re able to succinctly present a compelling investment opportunity. Finance Camp aims to support entrepreneurs and business owners so that they’re well prepared for investor meetings and maximise their chances of securing funding.”

Stephen Price, Investment Manager, Northstar Ventures

Partners

FinanceCamp is only possible with the support of our local and national partners, including Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network, North East LEP and North East BIC, with part funding from the European Regional Development Fund. Huge thanks go to all our partners. Please visit their websites to find out more.

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