Seed Academy is back once again and pleased to announce our third event, ‘Buyouts, Exit Strategies and Raising Finance' which will be held in the big events room on the ground floor of Google Campus on 3 April 2013.
This time we are very fortunate to have:
- Daryl Woodhouse of Advantage Business Partnerships Limited. Advance Business Partnership are focused on helping business owners, directors and investors address their business issues, take on the challenges, improve results, secure funding and kick start growth. Daryl is a founding director of Advance and focuses on creative strategic and performance management initiatives designed to motivate and inspire greater results for companies and individuals
- Leo Castellanos of London City Incubator - Leo is a previous Seed Academy Panelist and Incubation and New Ventures Manager at The London City Incubator (LCI). LCI helps early-stage high-growth start-up businesses to prepare for investment.
- Neil McClure, Partner at City Adviser Limited and finance director of Hanzo Archives Limited. City Adviser works closely and independently with Boards of Directors to ensure that they have the best team of city advisers in place whether it is Corporate Brokers, NOMADS or Financial Public Relations firms.
- Phil McConnell Partner at CMC Partners. Phil works with owner managers to drive business growth, prepare for exit or succession, secure competitive advantage and improve efficiency. Phil is an experienced director, with over 25 years experience gained in senior IT roles with a variety of UK based companies. During this time he successfully grew a financial software trading company which went through three rounds of private equity investment before being sold as a trade sale to a USA company.
All very experienced guys with a lot to say.
Like our previous events, we'll follow the same 'BBC Question Time' format, with the guys above as panellists and the focus being on the opportunities and challenges that surround buyouts and/or company exits. Please message us via meetup beforehand to let us know of any particular questions you'd like to put to the panel.
Some of the areas we'll be looking to investigate are as follows:
- What ways can business owners leave a company?
- What type of exit strategies best suit start-ups?
- Who typically buys a company?
- What sort of company should you be looking to buy?
- When are the circumstances right for a management buyout?
- What factors can worry potential buyers? How do you address these worries?
- What things should a buyer look out for?
- How do a buyer and a seller ensure a smooth transition?
This is by no means an exhaustive list however, and we encourage you to come prepared to ask any topical question that you may have.
We will start at 6.30pm with some general networking on the ground floor before holding our formal 'Question Time' forum between 7 and 8.00/8.15pm, followed by more networking at Campus (we have to be out by 9pm) and then the pub! As before, we'll provide you with beer and other drinks, as well as plenty of food.
To help cover costs, please pay £10 through Meetup before the 2th April (preferred) or bring £10 in cash with you on the day to pay at the door.
We are actively searching for a good sponsor for this event and future ones. We had great sponsors at the last event and if anyone knows of any companies who may be interested in being involved with our group, in whatever way, please send them our way!
Seed Academy and Bargate Murray
Seed Academy is produced by Bargate Murray, a streamlined and networked firm of solicitors based on Curtain Road in Shoreditch. The firm is keen to work with excisting new companies and entrepreneurs whether by putting together contracts and deals or resolving disputes, directing them to the right sources of information, or helping make introductions to useful contacts.