Individual academics, spin-outs and SME directors are invited to present their business plans (whether early or late stage) in private round table sessions to obtain constructive, in-depth feedback from members of our growing panel of advisors.

Finance & Investment

Chris Backhouse, Richard Miner, FD Solutions

Peter Jelfs, Philip Waller, Mazars

Tim Dempsey, Epiphany Capital

David Edmonds, Advantage Creative Fund

Giovanni Finocchio, Duncan Kerr, Andrew Muir, Midven

Tom Hawkins, Talis

Tim Hazell, Everard Mascarenhas, Andrew Oldfield, Mercia Fund

Paul Heaven, Blue Sky Corporate Finance

Robert Heed, Beer & Partners

Mike Loftus, News from the Future

Neil MacKay, Advantage Business Angels

Legal & IP

Chris Moore, HGF

Chris Bond, Jagvir Purewal, Forresters

Ben Appleton, Wilson Gunn

Jennifer Bailey, Alan Bhimani, Yvonne Booth, Pamela Bryer, Tina Rees-Pedlar, Marks & Clerk

Richard Brooks, David Hall, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Catherine Burke, Freeth Cartwright

Patrick Duxbury, Richard Goold, Peter Hall, Luke Kempton, Wragge & Co

Jon Gill, Eversheds LLP

Juliet Hibbert, Kilburn & Strode

Christian Lowis, Marie McMorrow, DWF LLP

Paul Mountain, Martineau

Business Strategy

Giles Brindley, Quarto Perspective

Martin Green, Blueberry Consultants

Bob Johnson, RWJ Associates

John Slack, PharMomentum

Jerel Whittingham, Amphion Innovations

Anne Wilkinson, Growth Accelerator

Geoffrey Beanland, Beanland Consulting

Nick Brown, Martin Saunders, Grant Slatter, Bright Star

Francesco Colacino, Start- Up Advisor

Alan Cornwall, Marshvale Investments

Tony Davis, Chris Dyke, MedilinkWM

Malcolm Gylee, Gylee and Associates

Simon Hague, Think Share Create

Chris Hand, Bioscience Ventures

Paul Jonsen, TalaveraScience

Peter Kemp, The ICT Practice

Theodoros Koutroukides, Atlantic Accelerator

Egan O’Callaghan, The Penn Group

Basil Sawczuk, Potentialise

Eleanor Watson, Poikos

Mike Wood, SME Advisor

Join our panel of advisors by contacting us or joining as a new member.

Present your plan

If you would like to present your innovative idea or business plan to obtain free advice during 1-1 meetings with an advisor or in a round-table consultation at one of our events please check out the details or contact us.

We'll need a short summary describing the following:

You can also simply apply for a free business plan ticket at one of our upcoming events.

We offer a uniquely supportive community that is designed to help launch and grow companies, our directors know the struggles and successes from the inside.

Presenters obtain:

Over 30 spin outs, start ups and growing companies have presented already, and have had great things to say.

Expert panel

Our advisors provide constructive feedback to individuals who may have valuable intellectual property and initial funding for commercial development but are looking for support and guidance at an early and vulnerable stage of translating their innovations into marketable solutions.


Presenter Feedback

"This was my first experience of real investors and business advisors. I did not go looking for money, just advice. They provided a critical but helpful view of my potential business." - Tim

"It was my first opportunity to pitch the idea and being able to do this in a ‘non-threatening’ environment was great" - Liz

"It illuminated some key issues and focussed our IP strategy" - Shaun

"After the presentation we were approached by a potential investor who offered to invest a significant amount into the company."- Will

"The broad range of experienced perspectives gave honest and critical feedback on our product. We learnt during the afternoon about very practical aspects of getting our message across" - Chad

"The panel offered great advice which was helpful in analysing our strategy for growth, they provided interesting insights into managing the business through a steep growth curve." - Penny

Testimonials from business plan presenters.