Attend ‘Growth Finance: The Good, The Bad, and The Unexpected’ report launch

Join us at Central Working in Whitechapel for the launch of the first Young Guns Barometer tomorrow night. Read on to find out more

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When you pursue growth, what’s the best way to fund it? Might debt actually be better than equity finance? What are your real chances of success with the banks? What happens once you step onto the ‘funding escalator’ – where will it lead?

Are you ready to see your shares diluted again and again as you raise follow-on finance? Will you accept an investor insisting you pivot the business?

Together with haysmacintyre, we interviewed close to 70 owners of some of the UK’s fastest growing businesses about their experiences of growth finance – the good, the bad, and the unexpected.

We’ll be revealing the findings of our first Young Guns Barometer report tomorrow – and we’d like you to be there.

An intimate evening of drinks, canapés, together with a short discussion about the findings, you’ll get to network with members of the Young Guns alumni as well as a sprinkling of other business owners running growth companies.

Details for the event are as follows:

Date: 11 February 2015
Time: Barometer Launch (drinks and networking): 18:00 onwards
Venue: Central Working Whitechapel, 69 – 89 Mile End Road, London E1 4TT

For the launch we’ll have a short intro on the findings followed by a panel discussion with three entrepreneurs, each offering very different perspectives.

  • Entrepreneur-turned-VC Dan Somers, a Young Gun since 2004, built a multi-million turnover business before exiting in 2011 and launching early stage venture capital fund Boundary Capital
  • The organic growth entrepreneur Crispin Moger, MD of young driver insurance brand Marmalade and a Young Gun since 2009 who is only now considering equity finance to accelerate growth.
  • The crowdfunded entrepreneur and founder of Compare and Share Benita Matofska. Having tripled its crowd fundraising target to seed growth she’ll offer an alternative finance perspective.

They’ll reveal their thoughts on talking points like the ‘dread of dilution’, when debt trumps equity, and the need for follow-on finance to keep feeding the monster once you choose equity finance.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Charlotte Gibbons at

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