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Antisoma

CrowdCube directors Darren Westlake and Luke Lang

Armchair Dragons

The directors of Crowdcube give us the lowdown on their start-up crowdfunding business.

Early-stage finance

The need for seed

Abandoned by the venture capital industry in the era of cheap debt and easy returns, early-stage finance is making a comeback. GrowthBusiness talks to investors active in the space.

Maven Capital Partners

Marwyn Capital II

Better Capital

Wellfield Partners

Crowdcube

Index Ventures leads $35 million round for Outbrain

Content discovery platform Outbrain has announced funding of $35 million (£22.5 million) led by Index Ventures which brings its total funding to $64 million (£41.2 million).

Duedil

On the edge

With the Eurozone in crisis and economists putting the chances of a double-dip recession at 50-50, entrepreneurs and experts give their outlook for 2012.

Securing a loan from the EIB could be a wise decision

Euro cash

How to get a low-interest loan from the European Investment Bank.

Equistone sells Firstassist 

Private equity and VCT firm Equistone (previously Barclays Private Equity) has sold after-the-event insurance provider Firstassist Legal Assistance for £28 million.

LDC completes first deal from specialist fund

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has invested in mechanical engineering company PJD Group using capital from a recently-launched £200 million specialist manufacturing and engineering fund.

ISIS Equity Partners

Clampdown on EIS and VCT criteria

The government is tightening the rules on the enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and venture capital trusts (VCTs) in a bid to focus the initiatives more at higher risk companies.

PowerOasis secures £4.5m funding

YFM Equity Partners has invested in a £4.5 million round of equity funding into wireless power specialists, PowerOasis. 

Black Eagle Capital

Santander tackles equity gap with £200 million fund

High street bank Santander has launched a £200 million mezzanine debt fund that will compete against the Business Growth Fund in making investments to high-growth regional UK companies.

DFJ Esprit chief executive Simon Cook

Angels 'replacing' VCs: Cook

Business angels are replacing venture capital firms as the key players in early-stage investment, says Simon Cook, chief executive at DFJ Esprit.

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The Duke of York has turned his attention to the start-up community

Start-up pitching: By his royal appointment

Pitching to a room full of peers is difficult enough, but imagine doing it with the scrutinising eye of HRH Duke of York less than 10 feet away.

Growing A Business

Great Tech Expedition to the US – Nineteen British companies, three American cities, five days

George Burgess, founder of Gojimo and recipient of a $1 million capital injection from Index Ventures and JamJar Investments, relives his trade mission for GrowthBusiness.

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Time for The Apprentice to decide its purpose

What started as a TV show attempting to find the next superstar of Alan Sugar's business empire has turned into a tit-for-tat 12-week cat fight culminating in an angel investment you'd never find in the business world.

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Research report into the top-performing 100 companies below the FTSE 350 and on AIM.