Unlocking Funding – From Start Up to Scale Up – iFMeetup at Plexal : Informed Funding : London

EFM and Informed Funding Presents: Unlocking Funding – From Start Up to Scale Up – iFMeetup at Plexal

Followed by a complimentary networking lunch sponsored by Plexal

When: Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Time: 11:15 – 12:15 BST

Where: Innovation Hub, Plexal, 14 East Bay Lane, The Press Centre, Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3BS

Cost: Free for EFM guests

We are great at creating startups in the UK – ranked 3rd amongst developed nations. Yet fewer than 3% of our startups still exist after a decade and the UK falls to 13th in a league table for scaleups. It can be a major challenge financing a startup from “early-stage” through to a valuable and profitable business with commercialised products or services.

Join this meetup as Informed Funding’s attendees make sense of the different avenues of funding available at the various stages of a startups, including access to grant and R&D funding.

This meetup is free to access for all but with limited places. Please email Natalia@efm.uk.com to  register your interest in attending

The Panel:

Malcolm Holloway, Director at EFM (Chair)

Malcolm is a finance director, venture capitalist and director of the EFM Network and provides hands on, on-site finance support, operating either as finance director or by providing team members to assist in other finance roles.

He shares his professional and practical experience, gained through many years of financial management and business leadership.


Matt Penneycard, Co-founder at Ada Ventures

Matt is the co-founder of Ada Ventures a seed-stage UK technology investor, backing under-estimated founders building global businesses in over-looked markets.

Prior to Ada Ventures, Matt ran investment funds in the UK and US and has invested in over 60 tech startups.

Julia May, Senior Partner at May Figures Ltd

Voted Best R&D Tax Credits Director (UK) in the Female CEO Excellence Awards 2017

Julia is a prize-winning Chartered Accountant and Chartered Tax Advisor (ex, Arthur Andersen Corporation Taxation specialist). She has a BEng Honours Degree in Engineering Science (specialising in Electrical, Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering) and broad-based industry experience working for a number of software and IT consultancy firms. One of the UK’s leading R&D Tax Credit tax advisors, a delegate of the HMRC’s Research & Development Consultative Committee and a member of the HMRC i-File Working Party she has personally prepared and reviewed hundreds of R&D tax credit and Patent Box claims.

Specialising in handling HMRC Inquiries, she has successfully advised clients who have received queries from HMRC on issues ranging from complications over offshore shareholder structures and taxation of capitalisation of intangible assets to basics such as inadequate record-keeping. She is able to provide clients and their accountants with pragmatic commercial advice when faced with multiple interactive issues, always prioritising the overall needs of the business holistically.

Steve Plant, Associate Finance Director at EFM

Steve is an experienced and approachable finance director who has a passion for working with a portfolio of growing SMEs. In addition to strategic and operational responsibilities, he has experience in business start-ups, acquisitions, disposals, business rollouts, and international investment.

As a Chartered Accountant, Steve has put his skills to good use in countries as diverse as India, Russia and Singapore and relishes working in different cultural environments as well as the UK.

Steve works with early stage businesses on their funding journey and has  helped 3 businesses raise £1.85m in the last three months. Steve is part-time CFO of 3 businesses who have received Northern Powerhouse Funding and is the finance Trustee of the Octagon Theatre Bolton.

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