FinanceCamp is perfect for growing businesses

Are you considering how to finance your company’s next move? Are you preparing to launch a new product, explore a new market, buy new equipment or expand?

Whatever you need investment for, FinanceCamp will help you to explore your options and find out what’s best suited to your business.

Whether you’re an ambitious young company or have 100 years behind you, we’ll speed up and simplify the investment process to meet your objectives.

Finance your ambitions

FinanceCamp works with you to consider all viable sources of finance. Working with experts including Ward Hadaway, we’ll help you to find to find the best fit for your business. Then we’ll introduce you to the people who can offer it to you.

You’ll leave FinanceCamp with:

  • an overview of funding options open to you
  • an understanding of the offers and expectations of different finance sources
  • a new network of contacts
  • inspiration from other companies that have taken similar paths
  • and even the possibility of a deal

Representatives from potential sources of funding will be waiting to discuss your business needs at the end of the process. We’ll be bringing together dozens of funders and investors including venture capital fund managers, angel investors, social investment funders, banks and crowdfunding platforms.

We’ll introduce you to the contacts you’d like to meet and provide the opportunity to discuss your business needs face to face.

Get prepared

You’ll be invited to take part in workshops designed to get your business investor-ready and help you to begin thinking about the questions funders will ask.

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

Then join us on Wednesday 24 May at Ramside Hall to hear words of wisdom and warning from other companies who’ve raised finance in the past.

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All types of finance for all types of business

We’ll help you choose from the diverse menu of  finance options on the market today by working out what fits your plans and your circumstances best.

Types of finance we’ll consider include:

  • Funding for premises
  • Funding for vehicles and equipment
  • Working capital finance
  • Growth finance
  • Equity finance
  • Venture debt
  • Angel investment

Apply now to attend FinanceCamp

Why FinanceCamp works for me

“Mercia targets regions of the UK that are typically under-served by sources of risk capital. We see events such as this as integral to our deal flow in sourcing high-growth businesses in the North East. We met Refract at FinanceCamp, proof the format works.”

Alex Hoppenbrouwers, Investment Associate, Mercia Fund

“The programme is an excellent platform to bring together ambitious North East businesses with investors dedicated to providing a tailored funding solution appropriate to their stage of development.”

Yvonne Gale, Chief Executive, NEL Fund Managers

“Meeting multiple investors, angels and VCs, in a single afternoon can help identify the right potential funding partner quickly. Last year we met with a number of interested investors and received multiple investment offers. How else could you do that in a single afternoon?”

Kevin Beales, CEO of Refract, which completed a £500k investment round after being matched to investors at FinanceCamp

“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

“As the leading early stage investor in the North East, we’re always looking for regional entrepreneurs with global ambitions. FinanceCamp brings together some of the best start-ups and scale-ups and ensures they are prepared to meet with investors.”

Ian Richards, Director, Northstar Ventures


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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