Most active UK seed, venture and growth investors of 2013

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

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

Roman Abramovich's Minden investment fund led the biggest round 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

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

Ian Milbourn was on hand to pick up the Equity Gap Fund of the Year award

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.

How to seduce a VC

Now daNow dating: Bonanzinga has been wooed by Wooga, Tictail and Psykosoft

Roberto Bonanzinga is a partner at Balderton Capital and has spent over 15 years working with entrepreneurs in the US and in Europe. He gives some candid advice on how to approach a VC.

Investment for business growth video: Deciding when and how to take on backing

Knowing the right time to take on an external investor was the question posed to four companies already backed by the Business Growth Fund.

Why the rise of angel investors provides a halo for the UK VC industry 

Future finance: MacPherson points out that most angels are serial entrepreneurs

In an era dominated by the struggles of SME funding, Alex MacPherson, head of ventures team at Octopus Investments, looks at how the rise of angels could be divine intervention.

Entrepreneur's guide to embarking on a private equity 'marriage'

Clive Kahn, CEO of business payments company CardSave, offers some advice to business owners considering a private equity deal.

Video: Shutl CEO Tom Allason on corporate venturing

E-commerce entrepreneur: Tom Allason, founder and CEO of Shutl

Having closed its second funding round of the year, Tom Allason explains why the business has taken on a corporate venture backer.

Industry focus at Investor AllStars 2012

With the awards recognising some outstanding achievements in the world of venture capital and private equity, GrowthBusiness speaks to the evening's sponsors to find out their views on the market.

Exit by buy-out

There are a number of options that are available to business owners looking to sell their business: Stephen Campbell, partner at Panoramic Growth Equity, presents a case for the management buy-out.

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