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Introduction to Equity Investment for SMEs
University of Central Lancashire

Need finance for growth?

Want to understand what venture capital is and how to successfully apply?

Perhaps unsure whether venture capital or business angel finance is right for you?

Led by experienced investors, the University of Central Lancashire’s Investment Readiness programme is designed to demystify the world of equity finance and prepare ambitious businesses with growth potential to apply for much needed investment.

Join us at our group introductory workshop to ensure you are well equipped to clearly present your proposition and demonstrate you have a credible plan to deliver the results that investors are looking for.

Event format

  • An overview of private and institutional investors
  • What investors are looking for and what they are not looking for
  • The venture capital and angel investment process
  • Introduction to due diligence, the term sheet and legal process
  • The importance of your investment pitch
  • Contributions from investors and nationally recognised experts in their fields.

Who should attend

Anyone actively seeking equity investment for their business or wanting to gain an insight into the investment process in preparation for future needs.

Following the introductory workshop, participants have the opportunity to receive one-to-one assistance from experienced investors and attend further specialist workshops.

Purpose of programme

The purpose of the programme is to help businesses prepare themselves for investment from business angels and venture capitalists. This structured programme of investor-led input and investment readiness guidance, takes growth businesses through all aspects of the investment process and helps management build a compelling investment case.

For further information on the programme please call +44 (0)1772 895656 or email

*Eligibility: The event and programme are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and so is only eligible to Lancashire based SME's seeking equity investment into their business.

Upon receiving your Eventbrite booking request, the team will contact you to confirm eligibility and liaise with you about registering for the programme in advance of attending.

Date and time: Thursday 14 September 2017 12 noon – 4.30pm

Location: The University of Central Lancashire, Media Factory, Kirkham Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2XQ

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Date and time: Thursday 12 October 2017 12 noon – 4.30pm

Location: The Globe Arena, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

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UCLan Business Breakfast

Thursday 21st September 2017

UCLan Media Factory
Media Innovation Studio (MIS)

This free session will ensure that you are kept up-to-date with the latest business news from UCLan, further details on the topic will be released soon.

Find out more information about the event and register here

Lancashire Forum Creative Think Tank – Digital Networking

21 September 10.30-13.00
This event is free.
Location is the Media Factory

Book on Eventbrite.

We are delighted to invite you to the latest Lancashire Forum Creative Think Tank which takes place on Thursday 21st September 2017, from 10:30am – 1.00pm, in the Media Factory at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), Preston.  More than ever, businesses rely on their networks to survive and thrive and for this event we are delighted to have renowned digital networking expert Dan Knowles as our guest speaker.