Virgin StartUp is the not-for-profit company for entrepreneurs within the Virgin Group. It provides government-backed start up loans, one-to-one business advice, mentoring, masterclasses and accelerator programmes to entrepreneurs launching or growing a business in England or Scotland. With loans ranging from £500 - £25,000, every entrepreneur who receives funding through Virgin StartUp is matched with a mentor. To date, Virgin StartUp has distributed more than £22m in loan funding to over 1,800 entrepreneurs.
Crowdcube is thrilled to announce the new partnership with Virgin StartUp, which creates an exciting platform for startups and entrepreneurs within the Virgin StartUp family to access a wealth of knowledge, coaching and venture opportunities to take their fast-growth companies to the next level. With a national focus, Virgin StartUp focusses on very early stage debt funding. Crowdcube offers Virgin StartUp companies the opportunity to continue their growth with larger sums of financing up to £5m in exchange for equity.
Through this relationship, Crowdcube’s Equity Coaches will plug into Virgins StartUp’s learning programme, with Venture Labs, workshops and Founder Talks. This new partnership is in line with Crowdcube’s vision of helping the teams behind early-stage businesses get access to all the resources they need to execute smart venture strategies, raising anything from £50k to £5m. Businesses that are part of Virgin StartUp network will benefit from hands-on learning sessions that shine a light on ways to strategically tap into the largest equity investor base in Europe, alongside powerful VC networks and angel investors.
Jonathon Spanos, Head of Innovation for Virgin StartUp commented:
“Giving the entrepreneurs in our network greater insights into funding options compliments our commitment to support their growth journey beyond early-stage, but also through scale up and acquisition.”
Exclusive Partnership Perks:
Discount on Crowdcube fees when Virgin StartUp companies successfully fund on the Crowdcube platform
Bespoke mentoring, Venture Labs and content for Virgin StartUp companies
Events and Founder Talks with more exciting announcements to come!
If you are part of Virgin StartUp's community and would like to hear more, please register your interest here.