Funding and financing options to support business start-up and growth. This panel-discussion webinar will help you assess whether you are ready for finance and funding; the best routes to that finance; how to get your business in order for investment; and what investors are looking for.

This comprehensive overview of the funding and finance opportunities available to small businesses will help ensure you are on the front foot when it comes to accessing finance for start-up or scale-up.

Event details

Our event will be hosted by Jon Watkins from First Voice and guest speakers will be Leitha Matz from Fin Marie and Adrian Innes from FinPoint.

Jon Watkins – Host , First Voice

Jon Watkins is an editor, writer, and host of events, podcasts and webinars on issues facing businesses, including for FSB. He has 20 years' experience as a business journalist and has worked with brands including FSB, the IoD and Hiscox. He has edited a range of business titles, including Business Life magazine and the IoD's magazine, Director.

Leitha Matz - CPO and Co-founder, Fin Marie

Leitha Matz is CPO and co-founder of FinMarie, the first financial platform in Germany that’s dedicated to helping women focus on investment and financial strength. With more than 20 years of building IT and eCommerce teams, she’s solved complex problems for companies ranging from FedEx to

Recognised as a leader in technology and start-up development, Leitha is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from FinTech gamification and financial health to data management, remote work and start-up management. Leitha is also an EU tech ecosystem connector, a mentor/judge for the METRO Accelerator by Techstars, the eBay Start-up Cup, and the Texx Factor Female FinTech Hackathon.

Adrian Innes - Chief Revenue Officer, Finpoint

Adrian is the chief revenue officer at FinPoint, a free platform that helps businesses get a better deal for finance, insurance and other services. Adrian is a highly accomplished business development leader, with 37 years’ extensive experience in financial services, and a passion for helping small businesses succeed. Prior to Finpoint, he managed and mentored multi-skilled business development teams for LendingCrowd, Clydesdale Bank and RBS.

Section one: Different funding options available for start-ups and scale-ups – the types of investment and finance available and understanding the different options · How funding and finance works – whether you might have to give up part of the business, what stipulations come with investment and different types of investor relationship · Scaling up - How do I know if I’m ready to scale and whether the time is right?

Section two: What do investors look for in a business – more than just the idea, product or service · How can I ensure I appeal to investors – getting my finances in order; do I need a business plan; what else will make me appealing · Where and how can I access investors and get on their radar?

Section three: Q&A – an open discussion inviting questions from attendees

This event is free of charge and open to all businesses regardless of where you are based, both FSB members and non-members are welcome to attend, so feel free to share with your networks. This event is sponsored by Dell Technologies.

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