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Partners: Rory Stirling, Bruce Macfarlane and Jon Coker pick up their prize

Partners: Rory Stirling, Bruce Macfarlane and Jon Coker pick up their prize

Fresh from picking up Equity Gap Fund of the Year at Investor Allstars, GrowthBusiness finds out from partner Rory Stirling how MMC Ventures is building an impressive portfolio.

From recession start-up to £50 million exit in seven years

Vested party: Rory Stirling has helped oversee the Base79 growth journey

When MMC Ventures partner Rory Stirling first came into contact with Base79 the online video market was in its infancy. Now the investor has exited a business leading the market and looks back on the growth story.

Why I invested in Zoopla

After watching one of the firm's early investments join the London Stock Exchange, Alex Macpherson, head of the Ventures team at Octopus Investments, explains what he saw in Zoopla that first excited him.

The lure of private equity investment to fuel growth

Business investor: Giles Derry is one of the partners at private equity firm Dunedin

As a private equity house dedicated to building companies in the financial services, industrial and business services sectors, Dunedin partner Giles Derry tells GrowthBusiness more about the firm's approach.

Expert advice on how SMEs can attract funding from family offices

Patrick Butler, CEO of Prime Wealth Group and CIO of Omada Capital, unlocks the secrets of securing capital from the family office source.

Index Ventures endorses growing European tech scene with new investment pot

Ben Holmes has led investments into King.com, Mind Candy and Just Eat

With $550 million of new funds at its disposal, we discover why Index Ventures has never been more sure of the European technology market and what it looks for from investable entrepreneurs.

Environmental Technologies Fund's quest to find returns in resource efficiency

Fresh from picking up Investor of the Year at the New Energy & Cleantech Awards, GrowthBusiness speaks to the Environmental Technologies Fund and managing partner Patrick Sheehan to find out why the firm’s approach is working.

Most active UK seed, venture and growth investors of 2013

Businesses are increasingly turning to equity capital as a way to fuel growth

On the back one of the strongest investment years for angel and venture capital commitments, GrowthBusiness looks at which firms were the busiest.

The ten largest UK and Ireland technology venture capital investments of 2013

On the back of a year which saw £937 million injected into 260 UK and Irish technology companies, GrowthBusiness looks at the ten biggest fundraisings including Truphone, Shazam and Funding Circle.

The £150,000 Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme threshold is not enough

Timely cash: Access to early-stage capital is vital for start-up success

Mark Payton, managing director of Mercia Fund Management, explains why the venture capital firm is campaigning to increase the level of tax-efficient seed funding for start-ups.

Banking on the cloud and SaaS rise in Europe

Entrepreneurial experience is something that lots of start-ups looking for investment resonate with, and Notion Capital has no shortage of it.

Angel CoFund spreads its wings and looks to involve new investor networks

As the Angel CoFund begins to take its co-investment scheme to all corners of the UK, GrowthBusiness catches up with the fund’s non-executive chairman, George Whitehead, to find out how progress has been so far.

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