Startup Funding and Support 101 and Q&As

03 Mar'20
Startup Funding and Support 101 and Q&As

For our March meetup, we have talks focusing on  funding and a Q&A session.1. Startup funding and support 101
– Brian Prescott

Skill level: Beginner, intermediate

You might be working for a startup or early-stage business. You may have clients or customers who are in startup mode or you may have spotted a gap for something new and be thinking about creating a startup around an innovative business idea.

If you are a web designer or developer, content specialist or online marketer, you may find your next opportunity in a startup. Alternatively, you may not be working at the moment and are looking for potential businesses to work for and startups might fit the bill.

All of these scenarios involve a degree of business or personal career and financial risk. So what do you need to know when working with startups and how can a knowledge of funding and support help you deal with this riskiness and create positive long-term outcomes?

This presentation aims to answer the questions you might already have about working with startups and hopefully will point some of those you really should be asking!

About Brian

Brian is the newly-appointed Director of the SETsquared University of Bath Innovation Centre and looks after a membership of 40 plus early stage businesses and a range of ERDF-funded startup and scale-up programmes supporting around 1,000 small businesses. A self-taught web designer and developer working mainly in PHP, MySQL and JavaScript, he has been coding for a quarter of a century!

Since discovering WordPress seven years ago he has strongly favoured the platform and his business, BSpark, manages sites for a few long-term clients. He is a veteran founder of several startups and has secured several million in raises from a wide range of funding sources. He is currently helping one of the region’s fastest growing AI tech startups with a £2m seed round.

Slides from this talk can be found here



🍴 We provide a free healthy buffet with a wide range of dietary requirements (veggie, vegan, gluten-free and lactose free) thanks to our generous sponsors, and Atomic Smash.

🍻 There is a well-stocked and licensed bar at the venue, so please feel free to buy a drink to enjoy at our event. If you would like water, think of the environment 🌍 and bring a bottle 🙂

Located in the heart of Bristol, just on the edge of Bristol Bridge, our venue Runway East is easy to get to.

🚂 From Bristol Temple Meads it is a 10 minute (flat!) walk

🚘 For cars, there are pay and display spaces outside the venue on Redcliff Street at a cost of around £3 for the evening. Alternatively there is an NCP on Queen Charlotte Street (five minute walk) costing a fixed £4.50 for the evening (5pm – 2am).

🚲 For bikes, there are plenty of bike stands just across the road on the other side of Victoria Street.

⌚Please arrive from 6.30pm. You will be greeted by our friendly and knowledgeable volunteers who will give you your name badge and get settled in. Talks start around 7pm.

After the first talk we take a break and then have our second talk. The talks usually finish around 9.15pm (ish) and we aim to leave by 9.45pm (ish).

*If you find you can no longer make this meeting please do change your RSVP. As we provide food for these events it is helpful to know what number to cater for and to ensure that the waitlist is kept short. Thanks.

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