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InnoRate | How to build relations with early-stage investors and banks

From 12:00 to 13:00
Location: Online,

This 60 - minute webinar session is for European SMEs and start-ups seeking practical tips on how to finance their company’s growth. In the European economy, one clear challenge that hinders the sustainable growth of SMEs relates to their ability to access to right financing solutions required to grow and scale. Our expert will delve into the following key elements: 

  • How to represent your company in front of investors and banks 
  • What are the best strategies for financing my start-up
  • The importance of establishing a banking relationship
  • What characteristics should I look for in my bank/investor
  • How and what type of financial information are you required to provide
  • How to communicate effectively in front of investors and banks 
23 February 2021
12.00 - 13.00 PM (CET)
12:00 – 12:05 Introduction to InnoRate, the webinar structure and our expert Jacopo Losso
12:05 – 12:10 Presentation of the InnoRate platform  
12:10 – 12:40 Presentation on how to build relations with early-stage investors & banks
12:40 – 12: 55 Interactive Q&A session
12:55 – 13:00 Closing remarks 
About the expert: 
David Gill was appointed Managing Director of St John’s Innovation Centre (SJIC) in November 2008. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of ETCapital Limited, following his tenure as a Sloan Fellow at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California. He is also an official Visitor at the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge. David has worked in corporate finance for both US and UK banks, including Chase Investment Bank, Greenwell Montagu and Midland Bank plc (later HSBC). As Head of Technology and Innovation, he set up and ran the Innovation & Technology Unit at HSBC Bank in London.
About InnoRate: 
InnoRate is an H2020 project, aimed at supporting innovative, tech-driven start-ups and SMEs with high growth potential to have easier access to the financing solutions required to scale and grow. The concept is simple: design, develop, test and deploy an EU recognised service platform – the InnoRate Service Platform – to support and improve the decision – making processes of investors for financing innovative start-ups and SMEs, especially those that are driving or providing innovations, which have the potential to disrupt existing or create new markets. 

The InnoRate investment readiness services focus on the investment readiness preparation of Europe’s innovators and SMEs. Thus, the primary target audience of the investment readiness services is European SMEs, start-ups, and innovators from across the EU, who may be at any stage of the funding cycle. Through the investment readiness services, we seek to engage pilot EU SMEs looking for seed/scale-up funding with high investment potential. 

If you are interested in learning more about InnoRate and our platform, please register here
If you have any questions or topics that you would like to be covered in the Q&A, please email them to and we will make sure to ask them during the Q&A session.
Associated project: INNORATE
Associated member: St John's Innovation Centre
Published on 03-02-2021 00:00 by Joao Carvalho. 1408 page views

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