The Strategic Funding Plan – 30th May 2017

For Investor Directors, Chairs and NXDs

Too many companies fail to meet their initial business plan objectives and as a result struggle to secure necessary follow on funding. Many others meet their self-set objectives, only to find “no one cares” and they also struggle to secure follow on funding. The founding team of a business have to spend more time raising funds than running the business which often makes it impossible to meet key business plan milestones. This workshop focuses on realistically planning for future funding needs by setting objectives that create value in the eyes of future funders and potential acquirers. It looks at how investor and non-executive directors can add value to this process; ensuring key business decisions are aligned with achieving as many of the three “steady states” that ensure company survival, value creation and founder / investor strategic choice. It will review the changing funding landscape and how new sources of funding such as crowdfunding, and traditional ones such as venture capital can be both beneficial, and dangerous. It will look at how a well-structured “life of investment” funding strategy can add value and reduce risk for founders and investors.

Key Outcomes

  • What you really need to achieve with every funding round – the three “steady States”.
  • Structuring round 1, to achieve round 2 (and 3 and 4….).
  • Using appropriate KPI’s to optimise future funding options.
  • Using data to identify future funding requirements and sources
  • Understanding the impact of different funding strategies on the business and stakeholders
  • Key factors in selecting an investment partner
  • The practicalities of raising additional funding rounds,
  • Vetting appropriateness of crowdfunding, VCs and other funding partners


Nelson an Angel investor for 20 years is a member of groups in Scotland and the USA. Presently with 16 live investments (9 in the US, 7 in the UK) 8 winners and a bunch of “learning experiences”. A director of LINC Scotland, a trustee of the USA based Angel Resource Institute, a charitable organisation devoted to providing education and information on best practices on angel investing and a former Vice President of EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, Nelson is recognised internationally as a “thought leader”. He has provided advice to Angel investors, government and entrepreneurs and in many counties across Europe and further afield, including the USA, Chile, India, Australia, Kazakhstan and New Zealand and helped to build Angel investment groups in Scotland, Latvia, Jordan, Russia and the Caribbean. He was European Angel of the Year in 2008, is a member of the investment committee for the British Governments £100 million UK Angel Co-investment fund and is tasked by the World Bank to develop Angel investing in developing regions. He has contributed to a number of recent publications including “Creating Angel Investor Groups: International Edition”, The World Bank, 2014 and “Angels without Boarders, Trends and Policies Shaping Angel Investing Worldwide”, World Scientific, 2015.Awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015.

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