Unlocking funding, from startup to scaleup: Informed Funding meetup at Plexal

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While the UK is ranked 3rd among developed nations for when it comes to creating startups, fewer than 3% of our startups still exist after a decade and the UK falls to 13th in a league table for scaleups. So how can early-stage startups transition smoothly into becoming a valuable and profitable business, and what funding can they leverage to ensure they go the distance?

Plexal member Informed Funding will be adressing all these issues and more at a meetup this October. The team will help attendees make sense of the different avenues of funding available at the various stages of a startup, including access to grant and R&D funding.

We’ll also be joined by a panel of special guests:


Malcolm Holloway, director, EFM (chair)

Holloway is a finance director, venture capitalist and director of the EFM Network with years of financial management and business leadership experience.

Matt Penneycard, co-founder, Ada Ventures

Penneycard is the co-founder of Ada Ventures, a seed-stage UK technology investor that backs under-estimated founders building global businesses in over-looked markets. He’s also run investment funds in the UK and US and has invested in over 60 tech startups.

Julia May, senior partner, May Figures Ltd

Voted Best R&D Tax Credits Director (UK) in the Female CEO Excellence Awards 2017, May is an acclaimed chartered accountant and chartered tax advisor who’s worked for a number of software and IT consultancy firms. She’s also personally prepared and reviewed hundreds of R&D tax credit and patent box claims.

Steve Plant, associate finance director,  EFM

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


October 22
11:15 am - 12:15 pm
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