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MAD MONEY # 28: DRINKING WITH THE CROWD
added on Tuesday, November 11 2014 added on Tuesday, November 11 2014
We’ve all watched the amazing rise of crowdfunding. And now they are heading into drink. As a phenomenon, crowdfunding has come from nothing to £939m in 4 years. And last year in the UK, equity crowdfunding (crowd money in exchange for shares to you and me) rose by a whacking 600% to £28m. Perha ...

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Pure Marine Gen to Pitch at the Palace
added on Friday, November 07 2014 added on Friday, November 07 2014
  Dr Paul Brewster of Pure Marine Gen   Pure Marine Gen Ltd was one of three local companies chosen by the Northern Ireland Science Park’s Halo Business Angel programme to participate in an intensive Pitch@Palace Boot Camp in London earlier this month. Pure Marine was then successfully p ...

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UK Angel CoFund Backs Sophia to Help Brands Tackle Banner Ad Blindness
added on Tuesday, November 04 2014 added on Tuesday, November 04 2014
Lynsey Mallon, Arthur Cox; Stephen Houston, Sophia – winner of the 2013 UK Halo Business Angel of the Year award – and Alan Watts, Director of Halo The Angel CoFund, the UK Government-backed fund supporting high-growth businesses across the UK, has today announced its first investment into North ...

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NI Companies compete to ‘Pitch at the Palace’
added on Friday, October 31 2014 added on Friday, October 31 2014
3 NI companies recently took part in the 2nd Pitch at the Palace bootcamp, hosted by the Duke of York, competing for their chance to present at St James Palace.  The 3 companies that took part from NI were Carritech Research, Pure Marine and See Sense. Pitch@Palace is The Duke of York’s accla ...

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Mad Money #27: Loose Talk
added on Tuesday, October 14 2014 added on Tuesday, October 14 2014
There are certain terms that get bandied about when the public talk about investment. Venture capital, angels, private equity; but they are often misused. I regularly hear the phrase VC when the speaker is really referring to the entire risk capital scene. Venture capital is but one part of the many ...

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A Private Function
added on Wednesday, October 01 2014 added on Wednesday, October 01 2014
It’s all about a pig. The film ‘A Private Function’ that is, featuring an A-list of British actors, a script by Alan Bennett and, of course, the all-important pig in the post war rationing period. But the private function I want to talk about now is a very important one, but which isn’t that ...

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North West’s ‘Acorn Angels’ pledge £1m to fund new start ups
added on Tuesday, September 23 2014 added on Tuesday, September 23 2014
A group of business magnates from Derry~Londonderry has pledged to invest over £1 million into Northern Ireland companies – with a major focus on the North West. This angel group (or syndicate) has come together under the umbrella of Halo, the NI business angel network based at the Northern Irela ...

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Mad Money # 26: Word Up
added on Tuesday, September 23 2014 added on Tuesday, September 23 2014
I don’t know about you, but I don’t often research meanings from the Urban Dictionary – street talk is not something I indulge in, even after a particularly vicious episode of Corrie. But the Dictionary describes itself rather poetically as a “veritable cornucopia of streetwise lingo, posted ...

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