Ready Steady Grow Leeds

Ready Steady Grow! 2019 Leeds

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Date(s) - Nov 12
8:00 am - 10:30 am

Clarion Solicitors



Big things are happening in the Leeds startup scene and the Enterprise Investment Scheme Association has teamed up with Seedrs and Clarion Solicitors in Leeds to bring together investors, funders, entrepreneurs and business advisers to share expert knowledge, discover the ‘next big thing’ and give startups the opportunity to pitch. 

NorthInvest’s Founding Board Director, Helen Oldham, will join fellow movers-and-shakers within the funding landscape to review a wide range of financing options for SMEs, including the government- backed Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Through practical seminars, Q&As, panel discussions and networking, we will also explore:

  • Funding challenges facing small businesses
  • How to make yourself ‘Investor Ready’
  • How funding options such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme, Venture Debt, R&D tax credits and government funding can support you
  • How investors and advisers can gain access to exciting new companies with strong growth potential!



Helen Oldham, Founder, NorthInvest

Helen Oldham is a Founding Board Director of NorthInvest and currently works with a number of charities as a Non-Executive Director, as well as running her own coaching business, Grow and Thrive. NorthInvest brings together dedicated individuals who are eager to help startups reach their full potential, create meaningful relationships among the community of investors and entrepreneurs, and see the North of England thrive as a global leader in innovative technologies. As a group of entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders, they understand the challenges both startups and investors face when growing a business and are always on hand to help others address these challenges.

Dave Gibson, Co-Founder, Blu Sky Chartered Accountants

Blu Sky Chartered Accountants was established in it’s early form in May 2005. Our 16-strong, award winning team now provide a range of advisory, accounting and tax services to around 350 businesses nationwide. Organic growth has been delivered through excellent client service. Blu Sky has a unique brand based on our mantra that we are a people business, not a numbers business, and my role within the business has focused on business growth and development, development of the service portfolio, client relationship management and, of course, good financial and HR management. As a practice we are proud to say that our services go way beyond the compliance products offered by many of our peers. The historical numbers are used for cash and financial projections, and we work with a number of clients as a virtual FD or business partners, mentoring them not just in finance, but in all aspect of business growth. We’re also keenly involved in Corporate Finance and funding applications, business valuations, exit planning and many other aspects of business.

Charlotte Thompson, The Knowledge Transfer Network

Charlotte Thompson is part of theAccess to Funding and Financeteam, working on early stage investment for the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine. Previously Charlotte was part of the commercial team at Arvia Technology, taking it from lab scale to demonstration plant. She has previously worked in business incubation where she supported start-ups and SMEs in maximising their growth. Charlotte has a BSc in Economics and a MA in Enterprise evaluating the commercial potential of intellectual property at the University of Manchester.

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Judging Panel:

Hemant Bedarkar, Seedrs

Hemant is Head of Investor Services at Seedrs, responsible for the flow of capital from institutional and intermediary investors to Seedrs opportunities. This ranges from securing institutional funding for portfolio and platform companies, through to the creation of fund and portfolio services for B2B and D2C investors.

Hemant began his career in finance at Lehman Brothers and subsequently in asset management as a director at Neuberger Berman. Hemant worked across business development roles covering multiple investor channels including: insurers, pension funds, family offices, asset managers, global financial institutions and wealth managers.

Paul Munn, Par Equity

Par Equity is a venture capital firm created to facilitate investment into smaller companies with high growth potential. Their primary interest is in companies that are innovative and do things in new and better ways, and so gain competitive advantage. The company has been built by investors, for investors.

Simon Green, CEO, Innovation SuperNetwork

Simon Green is CEO of the Innovation SuperNetwork. He started work as a scientist at Procter & Gamble before working at a medical device manufacturer and then becoming head of business support and engagement at Newcastle Science City. He has led the Innovation SuperNetwork since 2015.

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