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Accessing Business Finance workshop 26 th February 2014. W e a r e the only o r ganisation which has been tasked by both Gove r nments to boost North/South economic co-operation for the mutual benefit of Northe r n I r eland and I r eland. Who we a r e & what we do.

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We are the only organisation which has been tasked by both Governments to boost North/South economic co-operation for the mutual benefit of Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Who we are

& what we do.

We support SMEs across the island to identify and develop North/South trade and innovation opportunities. We do this through:

Business programmes Research & statistics Networks and partnerships


At a glance business support

Our range of cross-border business initiatives offer practical funding, information, advice and support to help SMEs.

Sales & Marketing

Innovation & Collaboration

Equity Finance

nSales and marketing support - Acumen

nCompany-graduate-academic partnership - Fusion

nAll-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition

nSales development support for small business - Elevate

nBusiness Angel Networks and Syndicate groups

nBusiness transformation and strategic planning - Challenge

nTenderworkshops, training and mentoring –Go-2-Tender

nEquity advisory service -one to one advice from our equity expert

nHorizon 2020 supports - voucher scheme and information service

nVenture Capital Conference annual event

nMeet the Buyer events

nBusiness plan workshops, guides and events

nTrade accelerator voucher scheme for cross-border business advice on legal, financial and regulation issues

nInnovation events, workshops and masterclasses - All Island Innovation Programme

nRegional Equity Advisory clinics

nEntrepreneurship master classes

venture capital business angel finance
Venture Capital & Business Angel Finance
  • €285m venture capital raised by SMEs on the island in 2013
  • What is Venture Capital?
  • Investor invests £1 and hopes for a £10+ return
  • Importance of the relationship between investor and company
  • Would you rather own 100% of something small or 20% of something much greater?
advantages disadvantages of venture capital
Advantages & disadvantages of Venture Capital
  • Advantages: Accelerates growth
  • Adds credibility
  • Unsecured finance
  • No cash flow impact
  • Potential for higher exit valuation
  • Discipline & strategic focus
  • Potential for follow on funding
  • Disadvantages: Reduction in shareholding
  • VC has control over major decisions
  • VC exit requirement may cause conflict
  • One of the most expensive sources of finance and only suitable for a small number of companies
raising business angel finance
Raising Business Angel Finance
  • What is a business angel & how can they help my company grow?
  • How do I find a business angel?
  • 2013 50 deals facilitated by the Halo networks €8m angel/total funding €26m
  • Is my company suitable for business angel finance?
  • What is a business angel syndicate?
  • Resources available
  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Syndicates

All-island Seedcorn Investor Readiness Competition

n Annual business competition for the best early-stage companies on the island with a cash prize fund of €280,000

n Improve your business plan and get ‘investor ready’ - all entrants join an exclusive all-island community of entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders

Raise Venture Capital

Benefits of entering:

Independent feedback at all stages

Assistance with pitch preparation

Assistance with preparing a solid business plan

(Business Planning workshop, Derry 22nd August 2014)

Independent validation of your business case

Make contacts and gain exposure to investors

PR and media opportunities

Get your company known  - fast

No equity stake taken in exchange for prize money


Closing date Friday 30th May 2014


Information, Advice and Events

n Annual all-island venture capital conference:– 11 March Titanic, Belfast

Raise Venture Capital

n Business plan workshops, investment pitch master classes and entrepreneurship master classes throughout the year

n Free one-to-one regional equity advisory clinics for eligible companies (e.g. Derry 21st August 2014)

n Free online guides on venture capital and business planning



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