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Secure £150,000 of funding for your start-up

The Start-Up Series is designed to uncover new UK businesses with bright teams & smart ideas.
Each month we aim to select one business to qualify for an equity investment of £150,000 along with expert support from experienced entrepreneurs. In partnership with startups.co.uk, we’re open for entries from the 1st to the 14th each month.

The Start-Up Series SEIS Fund One entries

#1 ENTRIES

Simple online entry – just a two page summary or two minute video outlining your business model, market & team.

The Start-Up Series SEIS Fund One qualifiers

#2 QUALIFIERS

Comprehensive online business plan submissions followed by telephone interviews with our investment team for pre-finalists.

The Start-Up Series SEIS Fund One winner

#3 FINALISTS

A half-day deep dive with our team to explore the true potential of your business and properly get to know one another.

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#4 WINNER

Technical due diligence by our Fund Manager before an investment is made, then publicity & on-going support help to you grow.

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competition criteria

SEIS ELIGIBLITY

Winners are required to have secured SEIS assurance from the HMRC before an investment can be made. If you’ve not yet received this assurance, you must ensure your business meets the following criteria before you enter:

  • Less than 2 years trading
  • Less than £200,000 in gross assets
  • Fewer than 25 full time employees (or part time equivalent)
  • A ‘qualifying trade’: most trades are qualifying but certain financial services and property businesses are unlikely to qualify

Fair, consistent and objective

As we review our entries and talk to the founding teams, we look for clues across a comprehensive set of criteria. We consider the market you are looking to operate in, your business model, the team who keep the wheels moving, your marketing approach and of course, how excited we get about the overall business ‘idea’. These are the rough weightings we give to each area we explore.

Feedback we hope is valuable

We love looking at new business ideas. We also hope that our perspective as investors can be useful for businesses that don’t win our competition. So we take time to provide feedback to all applicants.
We don’t have much information to go from in the early stage of the competition, so we just send an email picking out something we liked about the business. But as an entrant progresses through our process we provide progressively more detailed feedback on our criteria and what we saw as strengths & weaknesses.

COMPETITION WINNERS

These entrepreneurs took the plunge, entered their start-up into one of our competitions – and won.

ENTREPRENEUR FEEDBACK

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What are you waiting for? Head over to startups.co.uk to enter…