Need up to £150,000 to fund your start-up?
Looking for great tax incentives to fund a start-up?
Heard about SEIS and want to find out more?
Startups United presents an expert discussion on the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. Join us for an informative and enjoyable exposé on this new, exciting development in start-up investment.
The evening will feature talks and presentations from experts with different, essential perspectives on SEIS – investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and professional advisers – followed by audience Q&A, networking, and free beer and pizza.
- How SEIS changes the investment landscape
- A clear and concise explanation of the key elements of SEIS, its objectives, who it is for and how to maximise its benefits
- What sophisticated angels look for in a start-up - and 10 reasons they walk away
- A VC's view of the impact of SEIS, and how VCs assess potential investment companies and develop them to increase value
- Advice and experiences from a start-up which has successfully raised grant, angel and VC investment
- What both start-ups and angels should consider when negotiating and structuring a deal
The Policy Maker – Kathryn Robertson, HMRC
Kathryn Robertson has worked for HMRC since 1986 in a variety of tax technical, management and policy roles. She has been a senior policy and technical adviser on the venture capital schemes (Enterprise Investment Scheme, Venture Capital Trust scheme and the new Seed Enterprise Investment scheme) since 2009.
The Angel Investor – Colin Coghlan
Colin Coghlan is a business angel and private investor, who advises both entrepreneurs and investors, and speaks on the subject at various events. Colin’s early career was in the energy industry before moving to the wireless infrastructure sector. He was General Manager of one of the founding companies of the Freeview television service, before becoming CEO of one of the others and ultimately leading it through a trade sale. Colin’s portfolio is focused on the TMT sector including television, mobile and cloud computing.
The Venture Capitalist – George Mills, Analyst, Arts Alliance
George Mills is an analyst at Arts Alliance, a venture capital organisation focusing on European technology-enabled service companies. Its current portfolio includes Shazam and Graze, and exits include LOVEFiLM and lastminute.com. Before joining Arts Alliance, George was Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Bristol and the founder of a mobile commerce start-up.
The Lawyer – Howard Palmer, Partner, Taylor Wessing
Howard Palmer is a partner in the Corporate department of international law firm Taylor Wessing. Howard specialises in advising on venture capital investments, for both companies and investors, acquisitions and disposals as well as IPOs, particularly on AIM. He primarily works with companies in the media, technology and cleantech sectors. Howard is recognised by Chambers and Partners, Legal 500 and PLC for his work on venture capital investment.
The Start-Up – Jude Ower, Founder, PlayMob
Jude Ower is the founder and CEO of PlayMob, using game play to make the world a better place. Jude’s background includes creating educational-based games for the corporate, education and government sectors. PlayMob is currently working on games platform GiverBoard, which connects existing games to good causes, and allows players to collect a history of all the good they do across games. Causes bring huge benefits in terms of conversions and engagement, and PlayMob are making GiverBoard the central giving platform for the gaming industry, which benefits all. In 2011, Jude became a BAFTA judge for games and is also a member of NEXTERS for Big Society, the Stone Club, and UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment) . Jude has spoken at various events such as Iod, SXSW, Women in Games and Games for Brands.
Specifically targeted at smaller, early stage companies and individual private investors, SEIS is designed to stimulate investment in promising businesses which find it hard to raise external finance because they are regarded as high risk. The Government has identified the Digital and Creative Industries as key growth sectors and expects technology/digital start-ups to benefit significantly from this new incentive.
SEIS allows individuals to invest up to £100,000 per year in a new start-up business (up to a maximum cumulative investment in one firm of £150,000), and claim income tax relief equal to 50% of the amount invested.
More on how to qualify for SEIS: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/seedeis/how-to-qualify.htm
6 Mitre Passage is at the heart of London’s newest business and tech district, Peninsula Central. North Greenwich is booming, with a range of cutting edge digital start-ups based at Ravensbourne and Mitre Passage. Cisco also founded its British Innovation Gateway here to attract high-potential technology start-ups, seeking investment and support to accelerate their development.