Tips From The UK’s Top Startup Investors In The New Investor Series Podcast

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Raising capital as an early-stage startup can be extremely challenging but also quite straightforward if you know exactly how to approach a potential investor. That’s the ethos behind the Investor Series.

Through candid conversation, this new podcast provides a unique understanding and insight into the minds of some of the UK’s most experienced startup investors. From Lumaca Capital Director David Battey to Chairman, Director & Board Advisor Margaret Rice-Jones, each interviewee shares thoughts on their professional journey, lessons learned along the way, their proudest achievements as well as biggest regret.

Get Businesses Investor-Ready

“Our ultimate goal is to help founders and entrepreneurs get their business investor-ready, but also encourage new investors to make smarter decisions when looking into the startup space, ” says Stephanie Forrest, Founder and CEO of T/F/D and co-host of the Investor Series. “In every interview, we ask the questions that are front of mind for both these groups and later on make this information available in short videos focused on specific topics such as top tips for investors.”

“Over the years we’ve had the chance and privilege of working with some extremely talented entrepreneurs and are aware of the many challenges when it comes to raising capital,” says Paolo Valdemarin, Partner at Activate and also the co-host of the series. “The Investor Series is a step in the right direction towards providing startups with the insights they need to achieve that initial cash flow that will see them through to the next business level.”

UK investors interviewed on the first season of the Investor Series are:

  • Bruce Beckloff, Co-Founder and CEO of Bloc Ventures
  • David Battey, Director at Lumaca Capital
  • Greg Rice, Founder of Activate
  • Ivailo Jordanov, Venture Partner at 7pc
  • Margaret Rice-Jones, Chairman, Director & Board Advisor

The Investor Series podcast has launched with David Battey and is co-produced by London-based digital startup studio Activate and business impact marketing agency T/F/D. A new episode will be released every two weeks on and videos will be uploaded onto the Investor Series YouTube Channel.



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