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Crowdfunding platform Crowdcube recently celebrated 10 years of “Funding the Wonderful”. The platform supports entrepreneurs who dream big, push at the edges and want to challenge the status quo.

In this hub, you’ll find content specifically around funding and investment, covering topics such as finding investors and building your community.

  • The top five ways to get money to start a business

    If bootstrapping your startup isn’t an option, you’ll need to secure other funding to get your idea off the ground.  Navigating the startup funding landscape isn’t easy, especially if you’re a first-time entrepreneur. There are lots of different options to explore, and choosing the best funding source will depend on everything from your personal network […]

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  • Looking for angel investors? Here’s everything you need to know

    Angel investors are one of the many options to fund new businesses. Securing angel investment can be a lengthy process, but finding the right one can really help get your business off the ground. In this article we’ll be covering the main things you need to know about angel investors, including how it works and […]

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  • The power of building a community as a startup

    Most founders work long hours to bring their business to life. It’s no surprise that few have the time or energy to focus on growing their network.  Even if you do have a spare afternoon, the thought of networking can seem less than appealing: stuffy events, small talk by the truckload and awkward cold introductions. […]

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  • What makes a successful Crowdcube campaign?

    The Pitch has seen alumni such as All About the Cooks, Yuup and Small Robot Company triumph in crowdfunding rounds on Crowdcube. So what makes a crowdfunding campaign succeed?  Crowdfunding can be a great way to raise money, but it’s also an amazing opportunity to grow your network, get exposure for your business and strengthen […]

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  • How to prepare a pitch for angel investors

    Raising seed funding usually involves selling your vision to individuals outside your close circle for the first time. Many startups seeking angel investment are pitching without a fully established business and may still be figuring out their product-market fit. It can be a tricky balancing act between convincing someone your business can go the distance […]

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  • Three points your pitch needs to cover to win over angel investors

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    Knowing exactly what investors want from your pitch is difficult, particularly when you’ve only got 90 seconds (or less) to present a convincing case.  We’ve highlighted three key sections that investors will expect you to cover and the information to include in each one. 1. Traction Traction is essential. Anyone can have an idea, but […]

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  • How Khaleelah Jones fought investor bias to build her business

    Khaleelah Jones is the founder of award-winning boutique agency Careful Feet Digital and recently launched tech startup Dime. We spoke to Khaleelah about starting her own business, meeting investors and using the lessons she’s learnt building an agency to launch a digital product. What made you decide to start a business? I got my first […]

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  • Are VCs and angels investing right now?

    The last two weeks have been pivotal for so many tech startups (and most businesses across the board). Quick decisions are being made with incomplete information which could have huge impacts on future operations.  We’ve seen revenue flip from impressive growth to substantial declines. Share prices have fallen off a cliff. Those once realistic targets now look […]

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  • Crowdfunding lessons learned by startup Invite Agents

    When Stephen Berridge set up Invite Agents to offer personalised fee quotations from estate agents, he assumed that raising funds would be straightforward. He tells us about the lessons he’s learned on his crowdfunding journey. “I thought it was simply a case of putting a pitch online and collecting money. But getting pre-funding is so […]

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  • How to line up investors when crowdfunding

    We teamed up with Crowdcube and invited four entrepreneurs to share their crowdfunding success stories. The sessions went beyond the basics, taking a closer look at how to set up a campaign that catches the eye of investors. Meet Daisy Hill, founder of Zzish; Matt Dyson of Rockit; CEO of Genuine Impact Truman Du and […]

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