Equity newsletter: Finding new opportunities for investment

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      We’ve been thinking about where we might find new opportunities in the coming 12 months. With central London still not seeing the footfall it was used to pre-pandemic, businesses are looking at customers outside the capital. And where businesses go, investors may wish to follow.

      In this edition of Swoop’s equity newsletter:

      Happy reading!

      Investor Q&A May 2022: Mike from Fuel Ventures

      This month in our Investor Interview Series we have Mike Stevenson from Fuel Ventures. Mike tells us how he went from Venture Builder to Venture Capitalist and about the interesting companies he has invested in since making the move. 

      What we’re reading

      Beauhurst’s recent Equity Market Update

      The team at Beauhurst always do a great job of diving into the latest data on UK equity investment. 

      We found it hard to ignore that 53% of deals in Q1 of this year went to London based companies with less than 3% going to the Midlands. Swoop wants to help change these stats – if you are a business looking to raise equity in the East or West Midlands please sign up to Swoop and upload your pitch deck for our team to review and see where we can help. 

      From ghosting to discrimnation

      At Swoop we aim to work with passionate and fair VCs, but it’s not always the case. We hear from the founders and how they are treated by VCs.

      Mental Health Awareness Month

      This year, the focus for Mental Health Awareness Month is raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on mental health and how it can be addressed practically. StartUps Magazine have shared some of their favourite startups tackling the space here including Komp – a one-button computer bridging the communication gap between those struggling to use modern technology, and their more tech-savvy family and friends.

      On the Mental Health note, our friends over at Paranimo are hiring a Software Developer and B2B Business Development Manager. Paranimo helps companies to better understand and improve employee mental wellbeing through their mental health platform that understands an individual’s unique mental health needs and matches them to the right support. They have recently raised investment in addition to being awarded grant funding by Innovate UK.

      Upcoming events

      • London Tech Week returns on the 13th to 17th of June with an impressive lineup of speakers across a number of different areas such as Edtech, Climate Tech and Future of Work. Watch the trailer and register here

      • If you are a founder in the Pet Care industry looking to meet investors, partners, retailers and suppliers, the Pet Care Innovation Summit is back in London (in real life!!) this week with a great lineup of speakers and events. 

      Swoop’s Neil Dillion will join Tide for their Masterclass series at 11am on June 9th. This unmissable masterclass will focus on how to attract investment to take your business to the next level with Swoop’s Head of Equity.

      Join Swoop Equity Manager Tom Butterworth and Seedlegals account manager Julia Toper for an educational webinar on what investors look for in your company. Tom will discuss what investors look for; encompassing traction, market size, team and pitch deck preparation, Julia will cover a variety of topics from cap tables to term sheet preparation. Join us online at 13.00 on June 16th using this link:

      Join Tom Butterworth and Karina Mazur (Seedrs) on June 23rd at 12.30pm for an interactive session on how to raise funds from your community. Tom will take founders through the process of finding a lead investor and Karina will lead the discussion on crowdfunding. There will be the opportunity for a Q&A session at the end of the webinar. Register here and submit any questions for consideration:  

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