Planning tool for Tech Founders

Over the years, I have tried many planning tools. I have never found one I liked. There’s nothing wrong with any of them. Yet I struggled to stay with any for a longer time. I keep switching back and forth. At present, I use a combination of tools from Asana to Trello. Yet, I keep […]

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5 Tech Company Investment Stages

Having classified the investment rounds last month for our own sanity, I have been thinking further about the key investment stages of a tech product company from inception to its eventual exit. I believe there are four key stages with the fifth being acquired, which of course does not result in raising investment: Seed – […]

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Tech Companies: Is it ok to get it spectacularly wrong?

I have grown up in business, and I have ‘grown up’ in business. Throughout my childhood, I moved around with my parents as they explored and often succeeded in their business ventures, from pubs to cafes, an off-licence to a deli and sandwich shop, it was my education to a degree. Now it’s fair to […]

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Classifying investment rounds

There are so many words used to describe investment rounds and it’s just getting crazy, especially if you are trying to understand the venture capital investment market for the first time. Given that we have now released 26 weekly editions of Techcelerte Investment Deal News of UK technology companies, it makes sense to rationalise the […]

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The 10x return model of VC funding

General Rule of Thumb If you plan to raise investment from Venture Capitalists (VCs) for your tech company, you need to understand the 10x return model practised by most of the VCs. As you very well know, tech startup investing is inherently risky. The general rule of thumb for early-stage investment is that: 1/3rd of […]

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Northern Tech Awards 2019 is open for entries

Northern Tech Awards (NTA) was founded in 2011 by Techcelerate to celebrate tech entrepreneurship in style. It was acquired by GP Bullhound in 2013 and continues to be the major tech event in the North. Having toured Liverpool (2014), Leeds (2015), Newcastle (2016) and Edinburgh (2017),  NTA is back in Manchester for 2019.   A […]

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Report on Techcelerate Coffees London #1

Joan Lockwood, Stewart Townsend and I hosted our first ever Techcelerate Coffees London (TCLDN) meetup on 6th November 2018 at White Collar Factory of London. It was attended by seasoned tech entrepreneurs to newbies. Even a family office dropped in.   Mini Reunion TCLDN provided the ideal opportunity for some of my old fellow tech […]

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The birth of the Punt Investor #PuntInvestor

Over a month ago, I wrote the following post on Linkedin (slightly modified for this blog post): Is Crowdcube the greatest market intelligence platform? How many of you take tiny punts (from £10 onwards) on Crowdcube simply to get insights?  It’s a great resource to understand new entrants, as well as easily reuse market analysis done by […]

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Manchester Angel Investor Volker Hirsch joins Amadeus Capital

I’ve known Volker Hirsch for many years since he was part of the Techcelerate Network during our previous tenure from 2006 to 2013. In February 2010, Volker spoke eloquently at Techcelerate Event on Mobile Social, Advertising, Shopping, Payments, Application Development and Acquisitions (what a title!) with Keith Curran, Charles Weir and Barry Sharples. Volker started out as a corporate […]

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Do you like what we do? #Sponsorship

Techcelerate is at a very early stage of our 5-year operational plan. Everyone wants to wait until a business matures before spending money on the business. What they do not realise is that those who engage with a young business at early stages has an opportunity to build a special relationship that a mature business […]

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