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Venture capital and business angels

Learn about financing your business through venture capital and business angels with our selection of guides, links, books and articles.

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The Business Finance Guide
The business finance guide from ICAEW is an invaluable tool for entrepreneurs starting a business, or directors managing established or growing companies of all sizes. The guide provides a comprehensive overview of the financing options available to growing businesses.

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Playing in the big leagues 
Corporate venture capital funds are looking to invest in innovative startups - here's how to attract capital investments from major companies. 

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Mergers and acquisitions: a practical guide for private companies

Introduction to M&A for companies contemplating a merger or acquisition.

Raising venture capital

Guide to the fundamentals of the venture capital industry.

Venture capital funding: a practical guide to raising finance

Deals with the process and consequences of raising venture capital for a business.

Online articles

The ICAEW Library & Information Service provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. This resource is available to ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users.

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Diversity data on venture capital

Ten British venture capital firms are to begin sharing gender diversity data on startups. The article includes the views of Alice Hu-Wagner of the British Business Bank on improving the investment process with data collection.

Playing in the big leagues

Corporate venture capital funds are looking to invest in innovative startups - here's how to attract capital investments from major companies. Research their motivation, prove you'll add value and ensure you weigh the business risks involved if you secure a deal.

When unicorns want more

Buzzy startups are beginning to ask venture capital investors what else they can offer besides cash. Google Capital's growth-equity investment fund has one answer - access to a pool of 30,000+ people who can provide mentorship and expert advice.

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Useful links

Government funding

Enterprise Capital Fund Programme (ECF)
UK government scheme encouraging innovation in small businesses by providing funding to venture capitalists and business angels investing in high-growth SMEs.

Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS)
A new form of tax relief for investors in small companies, introduced by the government in 2012. Investors can put in up to £100,000 a year in qualifying shares and claim 50% of the cost against income tax. The scheme is intended to benefit early stage companies which find it difficult to raise money.

Organisations

Business Venture Capital Association (BVCA)
Industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. The site includes information on training courses and events, useful guides to the sector and a directory of members (there is a charge for non-member access).

European Business Angels Network (EBAN)
Non-profit association serving European business angel and seed fund networks. Resources include reports, glossary and directory searchable by location.

Invest Europe
Organisation representing the European private equity and venture capital industry. Invest Europe promotes private equity investment to investors, policy makers, entrepreneurs and industry. Resources include statistics, surveys and a monthly publication. The following search tools are also available:
Find an investor - search 532 institutional investors by country, investment sector and stage of financing.
Find an Invest Europe member - search over 1000 organisations by type and location.

UK Business Angels Association
The national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK. Its website features fact sheets, legal guides, industry news, market research, and a directory of members and services.

Directories

Business Angels (Australia)
Introduction service for firms and private investors that provides a central register of angel investors and businesses.

Business Angels Netzwerk Deutschland (BAND)
Directory for Germany, supported by the German government.

Entrepreneur's VC 100 top venture capital firms
Listing of 100 top early-stage venture capital firms by the US magazine.

Pratt's Guide to Private Equity & Venture Capital Sources
Online and hard copy directory of private equity and venture capital firms.

Databases

Capital IQ
Subscription product from Standard & Poor's with data on private equity funds and other investment information.

Prequin
A subscription-based service providing data and analysis of private equity.

VentureSource
Subscription service from Dow Jones giving news and analytics from the venture capital industry.

Publications and news

The Deal
Beauhurst's annual summary report analysing UK equity investment activity. Requires free registration. 

Startups: Raising Finance
Online business magazine featuring a series of articles and 60-second guides on grants and venture capital.

Private Equity Valuation
Guidelines developed by the Association Française des Investisseurs en Capital (AFIC), the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) and the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA).

Money Tree Report
Quarterly study of venture capital investment activity in the US conducted by PwC in collaboration with the National Venture Capital Association, based upon data from Thomson Reuters. The website contains information on emerging companies in receipt of financing and the venture capital firms providing funds.

Real Deals
Private equity and venture capital news and subscription-based data service.

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Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

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Venture capital tax reliefs: the VCT, EIS and SEIS schemes 
(Bloomsbury Professional, 2018)
A detailed guide to the venture capital trust (VCT) scheme, the enterprise investment scheme (EIS) and the seed enterprise investment scheme (SEIS).

Private equity: law and practice
(Sweet & Maxwell, 2015)
Covers the major legal and business aspects of funding via private equity.

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