Prepare to Raise with HOST and GC Angels is a half day event for digital and tech Greater Manchester companies looking to learn how to become investor ready to accelerate their growth.
We had a great turnout, with aboudfsjkjldsfljsdfjklt 40+ entrepreneurs and capital partners, showing up to learn more about becoming investor-ready and listen to the line-up of exciting ventures pitching on the day.
We started the day with a talk from the Keynote speaker Kevin McAvoy the Co-Founder of SEVEN BRO7HERS brewing. SEVEN BRO7HERS are an amazing brewing company and bar chain in Manchester. Their first beers sold in 2014 and they raised £1.6 million.
They were starting the company with limited knowledge but eagerness to learn the craft. As a result, Seven Brothers are now one of the biggest craft beer brewers in the UK. Using crowdfunding to help gain investment is a proven method thanks to companies like Brewdog to raise investments and give the customers something back with rewards for investing.
Some great quotes from the Kevin McAvoy that I’m going to take away from this event were:
“Listened too and surrounded ourselves with talented people”
“If you want to raise that kind of money, you've got to act seriously.”
Next, we had a Q&A with panelists
We answered some preplanned questions and some from the members of the audience.
We were giving the audience the best advice on becoming investor-ready.
Here are inspiring quotes from each member of the panel that you should take away.
"The reality is you will always be changing things" - Andy Beaden
"Just because someone's done it, doesn't mean you have to" - Jessica Jackson
"It’s all about a credible team that can deliver a great product" - Artur Grzybowski
"Here is what it cost to make, and here's how much gross profit you can make" - Heather Waters.
Finally, we had an insightly pitching session with HOST brilliant tech startups.
Once again, thank you everyone for joining us on the day, and for anyone who'd like to learn more about The HOST and GC Angels, please follow below links.