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Engine Shed is pleased to welcome Maven Capital Partners (Maven), the UK’s most active private equity house, as the latest to join its successful Investor-in-Residence service from 22nd March 2018.
The Investor-in-Residence service provides entrepreneurs and businesses with non-obligatory consultations from experienced investors. The service is open to everyone in the region looking for support across any aspect on fund raising, from feedback on their pitch to advice on where they can find the right type of investment, as well as insight into what partner investors are looking for.
Melanie Goward, Investment Director at Maven said:
“Bristol is a thriving start-up hub, and we’re keen to support local businesses on their scale up journeys. We’re delighted to be working with entrepreneurs in Bristol in partnership with Engine Shed, as we continue to establish links with businesses in the region and are committed to providing our expertise to support growing SMEs looking for funding and advice.”
Maven is one of the UK’s one of the UK’s most active private equity firms and provides flexible loan and equity funding to UK SMEs. With over £415m of assets under management, Maven also offers opportunities for investors, across a range of VCT funds and participation in private equity co-investment, will draw on its extensive knowledge and networks to give service users exclusive business advice and feedback.
Working with Engine Shed’s Investor-in-Residence scheme, Maven’s expert investors will apply their insights and experience to help entrepreneurs in the West of England become more resilient and better prepared to approach fund raising, supporting Engine Shed’s mission to drive inclusive economic growth in the West of England.
Engine Shed Director Nick Sturge said:
“We’re thrilled to welcome Melanie Goward from Maven to our renowned Investor-in-Residence service. The need for guidance around investment is critical to businesses at any stage of growth, and is reflected in the success of the service so far. Melanie’s commitment to the cluster here is very clear and that is important to build trust with companies.
“There is a wide range of investment opportunities to be had, but businesses often aren’t sure what they need, or where to get it. We’re confident that Maven, along with our other Investors-in-Residence, are able provide this expert advice and support investment in the West of England.”
Maven joins Deepbridge Capital, ADV, and Bristol and Bath Regional Capital on the Investor-in-Residence programme. An experienced investor from each company will spend one day per month at Engine Shed, offering expert advice to anyone in need of investment advice. The popular service often books up quickly, so to avoid disappointment book your free place here.