Funding Tips and Opportunities

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IBM Cloud Global Entrepreneur

The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program offers: • Up to $120K in free Cloud credits for a year • Meetups, panel discussions, digital learning tools, pitch competitions and networking opportunities • Exposure to potential investors, enterprise clients, mentors and technical experts • One-on-one technical and business mentorship sessions

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Britain's free online gateway for small and medium-size enterprises seeking mentoring services. Search our list of quality-assured mentoring organizations.

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Tech Up Nation

Tech Up Nation connects local young Londoners with apprenticeships that can provide them with the skills they need to shape the future of digital.

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Overseas business looking to set up in London? Get essential information and expert advice on every aspect of locating and doing business in the capital.

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Tech London Advocates

Founded by angel and venture investor Russ Shaw, Tech London Advocates (TLA) is an advocacy group that aims to support technology start-ups in finding new investment, new talent and achieving high growth.

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IBM Bluemix

Leverage IBM's Platform as a Service (PaaS) to build and run key apps for your startup. Access services around Big Data, IoT, Mobile, Watson, Business Analytics, NoSQL DBs and more.

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London Datastore

Do you have ideas for how to use big data to create innovative apps or improve life in London? Access open city data, share ideas and request new data at London Datastore.

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Mayor's Export Programme

Are you ready to go global? The Mayor's Export Programme offers 1-to-1 support to enter an overseas market or participate in a UK exhibition.

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Connectivity Rating Scheme

Endorsed by the Mayor of London, WiredScore is delivering collecting information about the internet connectivity and infrastructure of commercial buildings. This information will be made publicly available to businesses of all sizes looking for office space.


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Smart London Plan

The Smart London Plan is for Londoners, businesses, researchers, investors and everyone who has an interest in the capital’s future. Feedback, ideas and collaboration are welcome!

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IBM developerWorks

Grow your Bluemix skills with sample apps and code, how-to tutorials, quick-starts, and videos—all designed to help you get your apps in the cloud in minutes!

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Public Sector & Government-Backed Resources

  • UK Government Guide to Business Finance

    An overview of financing options, explanation of different types of funding, and the ability to search for finance schemes as well as a list of public funding (government schemes) in the UK.

  • Small Business Research Initiative

    SBRI offers opportunities for early-stage and small to medium-sized enterprises to develop and demonstrate technology to public bodies acting as the lead customer. Successful businesses receive a contract for the full cost of demonstrating the feasibility of their technology and the offer of subsequent funding for prototype development.

  • London Co-Investment Fund

    LCIF funds high-growth tech, science and digital startups in London. Founded and managed by Funding London and Capital Enterprise, the London Co-Investment Fund has raised £25m from the Mayor of London's Growing Places Fund to co-invest in seed rounds between £250,000 - £1,000,000.

  • Start Up Loans

    Start Up Loans is a government-funded scheme to provide advice, business loans and mentoring to startup businesses.

Venture Capital, Angel Investment & Other Sources

  • Better Business Finance

    Set up by a coalition of UK financial institutions, Better Business Finance provides impartial information and support to businesses and entrepreneurs seeking finance, starting out, or exporting abroad.

  • Greater London Enterprise

    The Greater London Enterprise (GLE) delivers high quality innovative services and investment to meet the needs of people who are starting or growing businesses. Their three main areas of service are business finance, business accommodation and business support and advice.

  • Capital List

    Capital List finds, quality assures, and then personally introduces London startups and investors to each other. Capital List also offers a fundraising consultancy service and access to seed capital through the London co-investment fund.

  • Angel News

    News, events and analysis of the angel funding scene for entrepreneurs and investors.

  • UK Business Angels Association

    The UK Business Angels Association is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK. The Entrepreneurs section of the site provides an introduction to angel investing, what business angels look for when making an investment, and how to access sources of angel investment.

  • Seed Capital Guide

    Information from about the various options for raising seed fund, understanding the key rounds of funding, and tips on how to pitch.

  • The Future Fifty Programme

    The Future Ffty is a concierge support programme for growth-stage companies via application. The programme provides support to 50 UK-based companies to connect them to capital markets expertise, government and London's institutional investor base.

  • Fredericks Foundation

    Fredericks is a CDFI (Community Development Finance Institution) and charity that provides loans to people who want to set up a new business or maintain or expand an existing business. Fredericks are open to anyone who has a viable business proposition but cannot obtain mainstream finance.

  • UnLtd

    UnLtd provides support to social entrepreneurs in the UK through its competitive Awards programme.

  • Venture Funding Hub: London

    Venture Funding Hubs support local entrepreneurs by networking and signposting crowd and other sources of finance and professional support.

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