Meet Lizzie McCloy. Lizzie is a Senior Manager in the Growth Team at KPMG, the international accounting and business advisory firm. Through her work at KPMG, Lizzie has been seconded to work at both Nexus at the University of Leeds who we featured in episode 6, and NorthInvest. NorthInvest is a not for profit company that connects businesses to mentors and investors with the aim to promote equitable investment in the North of the UK. Listen on to find out:
The importance of a vibrant angel investment network to the tech ecosystem in the North.
How NorthInvest filters their 20-30 inbound funding requests.
How Northinvest manages to charge entrepreneurs zero fees for their services.
The value add that the angel investor can bring to the company other than money.
What investors are looking for in return for their investment.
How Northinvest ensures that the due diligence process and the legal process is appropriate for the size of companies.
Some of the steps a company can take to ensure a smooth due diligence process.
How one event is pioneering early stage support in Leeds.
How the festival helped to attract an early stage business into Leeds.
What Lizzie sees as the changing face of the funding landscape in the north of England.
You can connect with Lizzie on LinkedIn and with NorthInvest on Twitter at @NorthInvestUK and at https://northinvest.co.uk/ . You can also keep up to date with the tech scene in Leeds on Twitter at @LeedsDigiFest.