Smedvig insights

A selection of thoughts, news & insights from the Smedvig team and our portfolio.

Profile Pensions: Why is a pension calculator so important?

How much do I need in retirement? A question millions of people in the UK have. It’s a big question. And it deserves a proper answer. Helping people to answer this question is important for us at Profile Pensions. Making this seem less daunting through a simple and easy to understand retirement calculator has huge customer and commercial benefit.

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How much and when should I raise?

The second article of our Navigating VC Series aims to help CEO’s answer the tough question of when and how much capital to raise. Firstly, congratulations! If you’re thinking about raising a Series A, B, or C you are already in an elite group of high performing companies. In 2018, 288, 100, and 40 UK companies raised a Series A, B, or C respectively (Crunchbase).

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Raising Series A, it's a founder's game

On Monday 8th April Smedvig Capital and Episode 1 co-hosted an event delving into the process of raising Series A. Smedvig’s Joe Knowles answered questions from Episode 1’s Siobhan Clarke giving insight and advice on the move from Seed to Series A including when to raise, how to prepare and what to expect from the diligence process.

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Setting yourself up for fundraising success

So, you’ve worked out when to raise and how much you would like to raise (which in itself is not easy) and now it’s time to get out there and raise the cash — but where to start?

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So, you think you want to raise? Navigating VC: A Series by Smedvig Capital

Attend a start-up event and you probably wouldn’t have to look too hard to find one entrepreneur that will tell you raising money from VCs is a critical enabler to success and another who would rather stick red hot needles in their eyes than have a VC involved in their business. What is it really like? How much should you raise? Do the VCs differ much? What is the secret to an enjoyable and lucrative relationship?

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Profile Pensions: Why is a pension calculator so important?

How much do I need in retirement? A question millions of people in the UK have. It’s a big question. And it deserves a proper answer. Helping people to answer this question is important for us at Profile Pensions. Making this seem less daunting through a simple and easy to understand retirement calculator has huge customer and commercial benefit.

Read More

Setting yourself up for fundraising success

So, you’ve worked out when to raise and how much you would like to raise (which in itself is not easy) and now it’s time to get out there and raise the cash — but where to start?

Read More

How much and when should I raise?

The second article of our Navigating VC Series aims to help CEO’s answer the tough question of when and how much capital to raise. Firstly, congratulations! If you’re thinking about raising a Series A, B, or C you are already in an elite group of high performing companies. In 2018, 288, 100, and 40 UK companies raised a Series A, B, or C respectively (Crunchbase).

Read More

Raising Series A, it's a founder's game

On Monday 8th April Smedvig Capital and Episode 1 co-hosted an event delving into the process of raising Series A. Smedvig’s Joe Knowles answered questions from Episode 1’s Siobhan Clarke giving insight and advice on the move from Seed to Series A including when to raise, how to prepare and what to expect from the diligence process.

Read More

So, you think you want to raise? Navigating VC: A Series by Smedvig Capital

Attend a start-up event and you probably wouldn’t have to look too hard to find one entrepreneur that will tell you raising money from VCs is a critical enabler to success and another who would rather stick red hot needles in their eyes than have a VC involved in their business. What is it really like? How much should you raise? Do the VCs differ much? What is the secret to an enjoyable and lucrative relationship?

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