IM Breakfast Speaker Event – June


0800 Welcome and Registration
0820 Guest Speaker - Justin Grainger
0840 Guest Speaker - Mark Smyth
0900 Further Networking
0930 Close

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Innovation Martlesham, in association with IP Network, would like to invite you to another Breakfast Networking Event

with Guest Speakers


Justin Grainger, CrowdFundMe2 - Professional Access to Crowdfunding

"Beyond Potato Salad - Crowdfunding for Business Finance and Equity"

Justin's talk aims to raise awareness of crowdfunding and share knowledge of the types, how it works for businesses and investors, benefits and tips to access this.

Mark Smyth, Brightstar Innovations Global – Helping Businesses Grow

Mark will give an overview of the various sources of funds available to start-up businesses and introduce some tax incentives available to companies and investors.


PERSONAL PROFILE - Justin Grainger

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Justin is MD of Bury St Edmunds based CrowdFundMe2 which helps businesses with professional access to crowdfunding for businesses finance and equity.  After 25 years of corporate finance experience, Justin set up his own business finance consultancy in 2008, terrible times to coincide with the collapse of the banks !  Bruised, but determined, the consultancy went part-time as he undertook a full-time environmental science degree, to add sustainability services, after which he drew analogies with crowdfunding from his natural ecosystem PhD research at Queen's University Belfast.

Crowdfunding seemed a much healthier and sustainable way to raise finance and CrowdFundMe 2 was born.  CFM2 has close contacts with key platforms, finance and equity expertise and a team with social media, digital and building and selling tech businesses experience.  CFM2 advises clients from solar farms in Chile (Solar 350), Lord of the Fries UK expansion (Hot Chip) and design solutions for people with tremors (handSteady).


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Mark is CFO of Brightstar Innovations Global which helps businesses to make a significant step change in growth by providing advice on strategy, finance and resource management. Mark has worked with two venture capital investment firms in the City investing in SMEs and with ten equity backed start-ups where he has helped raise millions in debt and equity funding.  He has helped hundreds of companies raise grant finance and reclaimed six figure sums in R&D Tax Credits.  


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