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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.

Delicately solve shareholder disputes

Disarming the rebels

They are the investors who bankroll public companies, but what happens when shareholders rebel? We report on what causes revolts, how to pre-empt them, and what to do if you are faced with trouble from within.

Osborne: Growth fund receives extra £1 billion

Chancellor George Osborne has injected another £1 billion into the Regional Growth Fund that will be invested in high-growth businesses across England.

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Comment & Analysis

Why follow-on investment is crucial to fulfilling business potential

Funding constraints can be terminal for growth businesses, which is why follow-on support must become a key component of an investor and company relationship.

Research

What moves small-cap share prices?

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