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Alex Macpherson had worked with the founding team of Zoopla previously

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.

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

The lure of private equity investment to fuel growth

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.

Patrick Butler has experience of providing family offices with investment advice

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.

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

Index Ventures endorses growing European tech scene with new investment pot

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.

Patrick Sheehan was part of the team at 3i that set up its venture capital practice

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.

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

Most active UK seed, venture and growth investors of 2013

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

Roman Abramovich's Minden investment fund led the biggest round of 2013

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Early cash: London-based app venture YPlan has gained from the Angel CoFund

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.

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

How to seduce a VC

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.

Chewing the fat: The roundtable discussion centred on why funding was taken

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.

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

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

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.

Special bond: Kahn likens a private equity relationship to that of a marriage

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.

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

Video: Shutl CEO Tom Allason on corporate venturing

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

Investor AllStars 2012: The awards celebrated its tenth year

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.

Equity investor: Campbell set up Panoramic in 2009 to invest in the mid-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.

Tech Tour founder Sven Lingjaerde

Sven Lingjaerde on Tech Tour

The founder of the European Tech Tour Association talks to GB about the state of venture capital in Europe and his mission to forge connections between VCs and entrepreneurs. 

Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus Investments

Video: Alex Macpherson of Octopus Investments

Alex Macpherson, head of the ventures team at Octopus Investments, meets with GrowthBusiness to give some insight on how best to nurture a VC relationship.

Stephen Welton, CEO of the Business Growth Fund

Video: Stephen Welton of the Business Growth Fund

Ahead of GrowthBusiness' profile of Stephen Welton, CEO of the Business Growth Fund, appearing next week, we speak to him about how the private equity and venture capital world has changed during his career.

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