March, 2019

World Book Day

The first Thursday in March is World Book Day in the UK: https://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/wbd-2019 It is a while since I wrote my book “Raising Venture Capital Finance in Europe” (Kogan Page), although I have of course since written my PhD thesis ( a very different exercise and for a very different audience) and I am about to commence [...]

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An Introduction to Venture Capital Deals

I will be presenting a one-day course on Venture Capital Deals in London on Friday 28 March 2019 in association with Ascentium Associates. An Introduction to Venture Capital Deals is a one day interactive executive education course tailored specifically to the venture capital industry. It is aimed at investment executives who are relatively new to [...]

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Potential problems for SMEs and high growth companies in raising finance post Brexit

  There should not be too much impact on SME’s post Brexit from a raising finance viewpoint as the usual sources of early-stage finance from the local high-street banks, crowdfunding and business angels should still be available. Where they may be a problem is with finance from the so-called 3 Fs (friends, family and “fools”). [...]

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Key messages from my research into VC fund performance in Europe and USA

Research into venture capital fund performance and investment practices in Europe and USA (“Exploring the difference in performance between UK/European venture capital funds and USA venture capital funds”: PhD thesis, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow) Key messages 1) The research is the most up to date, complete and extensive qualitative review of the [...]

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Adam Smith Business School Prize

I am delighted, and honoured, to have been awarded an Adam Smith Business School prize for PhD excellence in 2018. Up to three prizes are awarded each year on the basis of the excellence and significance of the contribution of the thesis.  I certainly enjoyed carrying out my research into venture capital fund performance and investment [...]

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