L Marks partners with Crowdcube to offer co-funding opportunities to its network of 130 startups

We are thrilled to announce that we have partnered with L Marks, innovation specialists and early-stage investors, who work with the likes of John Lewis, Bupa and Capital One. Through this partnership L Marks aim to support their network of startups with crowdfunding services, as well as co-investing in businesses on Crowdcube.

Matteo Scarabelli, Head of Investment at L Marks explains more.

Getting the attention of a corporate business can seem like an impossible task, unless you already have a foot in the door: L Marks is your opportunity broker. Being innovation specialists and early-stage investors, our tailored programmes help startups facilitate a corporate relationship, nurture it through expert mentorship and preserve it by exploring investment opportunities.

We work with some of the UK's best known brands to identify the challenges in their business, then create bespoke partnership and scouting projects to turn these into opportunities for improvement and innovation. We’ve now expanded to five cities around the world, worked with over 130 startups and invested in more than 30 from all over the world.

We are open to receiving applications from startups at any stage. However, we are best equipped to help startups at an MVP stage or startups that have a team and product that they would like to test with a large partner in order to refine it and prepare it for market.

Every startup needs to attract customers, build a brand and become profitable. This is where we step in. Success requires network, mentoring and capital: we match startups with a major player in the market so they can develop their strategy and create relationships.

We’re not a typical accelerator, we’re a catalyst for change.

All the startups in our network have been selected and validated by leading UK and international corporates so, through this relationship with Crowdcube, startups will have access to knowledge and expertise to help companies manage the process of raising finance, and a platform to raise capital.

Our goal is to help corporates embrace disruption by working with incredible startups, enabling them to build a trusted relationship. We nurture it through expert mentorship, exploring commercial opportunities, and enhancing the startup ability to fundraise rapidly with a partner like Crowdcube.

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Matteo Scarabelli | Head of Investment at L Marks

Guest author: Matteo Scarabelli | Head of Investment at L Marks

As Head of Investment, Matteo is ensuring we make the smartest investments across all the programmes, and supporting our portfolio in their growth. His previous role in L Marks was Head of Startup Support, where he leveraged his broad experience of the startup world, having held in the past operational roles at VC-backed startups, and supported numerous startups from due diligence to further investment.