Free Investment Readiness Workshop Will Help Start-ups Secure Funding


The free two-day investment Readiness Workshop hosted by Midven, part of Future Planet Capital, returns to Birmingham for its sixth time.

It will equip business owners with everything they need to know to raise investment and give them the opportunity to apply what they have learned and pitch to a panel of venture capitalists and angel investors.

The Investment Readiness Workshop takes place on 6 and 13 September 2022 at 1 Colmore Square, Birmingham, B4 6AA, and is hosted in partnership with the law firm, Shakespeare Martineau.

The workshop will equip entrepreneurs with the tools they need to take their growing business to the next level. Across the two days, attendees will have access to a wealth of knowledge from experts in their fields and will be able to pick up a host of practical tips on:

  • Venture capital investment
  • Pitch decks
  • Business planning
  • Employment law
  • Budgeting and forecasting
  • Marketing plans
  • Investment legals

Huw Sparkes, Investment Manager at Midven, said,

“It’s great to be able to support the vibrant and innovative businesses in the Midlands with the Investment Readiness Workshop. I’m looking forward to connecting with businesses with a fresh approach and exciting solutions. I hope that we are able to offer growing businesses the opportunity to get practical tools they can use to further develop their businesses.”

Jennifer Young founder of the cancer skincare brand of the same name, and Baljinder Kuller, founder of the supply teacher platform, The Supply Register, both secured funding through Midven after attending previous workshops. Furthermore, Kameese Davies, of haircare brand Nylah’s Naturals used the knowledge she gained at the workshop in 2019, to pitch and secure an offer from Sara Davies on BBC’s Dragon’s Den.

Kameese Davies, the founder of Nylah’s Naturals, said,

“I attended Midven’s Investment Readiness Workshop which was instrumental in understanding the process of structuring and pitching for investment for your business. I would definitely recommend the Investment Readiness Workshop as it is paramount to being able to navigate the ecosystem to secure funding.”

Places are limited. To secure your place on 6 and 13 September 2022, register for free via Eventbrite here:


For more than 25 years, leading Birmingham-based venture capital firm Midven has been supporting Midlands SMEs, investing more than £60m into the region and raising £200m co-investment into its portfolio. Midven’s ‘more than money’ approach helps to build strong and successful companies and supports businesses every step of the way. Midven continues to extend its reach to invest in the Midlands’ most ambitious entrepreneurs through its appointment to manage the £40 million equity portion of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), as well as the launch of the firm’s first Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund. Midven was acquired by Future Planet Capital in April 2021. For more information about Midven, please visit


Future Planet Capital Limited is a global venture capital and impacts investors, connecting

the world’s largest investors to the best minds in order to address global challenges. The firm is focused on providing growth capital to leading entrepreneurs and businesses from the world’s top universities and has deployed over $100M on behalf of institutional investors to date. Future Planet Capital’s goal is to profitably solve the world’s greatest challenges in climate change, education, health, sustainable growth & security. For more information about Future Planet please visit

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