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  • Inward Investment | Ship Shape

    Find tech businesses that plan to expand Get Leads on growing tech businesses. Cluster development for ambitious regions. Register Your Interest "We use to enhance our Lead Generation programme and ultimately improve Inward Investment into Cardiff. We are really positive about its potential and while it is primarily used for Lead Generation the depth of information also helps in monitoring market trends in technology sectors." Ken Poole, Head of Economic Development, Cardiff Some of our customers How helps Inward Investment Offices Set criteria for the tech businesses you are targeting Ability to include After-Care and Investor Development Measurable ROI Increase conversion rates by up to 8x Register your interest

  • - Free Investor Search Engine (no credit card required), Ship Shape, Tramshed Tech, Pendyris St, Cardiff CF11 6BH

    Investor Search Engine optimise your investor outreach, for free Search Ship Shape are building a unique AI-powered search engine that answers a genuine need that no one else is solving Associate Director M&A Growth Advisory, BDO Adam Baron Find relevant investors Which investors like your space? Landscape mapping What's going on in your space? Optimise your funnel Increase investor responses by 7x Search Investors increase dealflow with, for free Publish relevant content, get found by relevant dealflow Start now Ship Shape helps you find the right VC investor in seconds, not months Start Searching

  • Start-Up Journey | Ship Shape

    Start-Up Journey Every journey is different, however, we have tried to pinpoint key moments during a start-up lifecycle to help guide you through the process Types of Start-ups The term “start-up” is usually used in reference to Product-oriented companies rather than service companies. However, some companies try to sell services to provide cash, while building products in the background. Product A product orientated startup sells a tangible product that is not directly linked to labour. Advantage: Scalable and can multiply output significantly compared to labour and other input costs. ​ ​ Disadvantage: Needs capital to research, design and produce a viable product (also known as an MVP). Service A service-oriented startup is where sales are driven by labour (or derivations of labour) sold. Advantage: Instant cash flow on sales of the service. Disadvantage: Harder to scale. Staff retention, training. Stages of a Start-up Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Overall Revenue Valley of Death Funding Stages of a Product start-up You need investment funding until you reach profitability: ​ Building out technology products until they can be sold is expensive ​ ​ For e.g. Capital goods, the payback period is usually longer and even more expensive to fund ​ ​ Some product lead times are very long and expensive. The world’s first commercial nuclear fusion reactor will cost billions and come online after a 23-year project! Funding Stages Of A Tech Start Up Varies with the need of the product and market. But typically the biggest need is when product development is near the end and before the money starts coming in - if it does! ​ ​ And don’t forget go-to-market funding e.g. advertising! ​ ​ Many startups initially just “hack”, or have no-code trial versions; you don’t need the full technical development team; however full commercialisation requires full security and reliability in order to maximise success to market. Which costs. Revenue is likely to be minimal at this point. What about Series B, C, D? Typically this is funding either for: significant retail-facing growth; or extensive product development ​ ​ Funding at Series B, C and D is often used to take on significant players. See Fintechs v. incumbent banks. ​ ​ Sometimes code for a new idea (so a new “curve”) Sources of Funds The source of funding varies depending upon which stage the start-up is currently positioned, and the circumstances of the founding team. Ship Shape helps you find the right VC investor in seconds, not months

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  • Inward Investment Insight #1

    Issue Date: 13 August 2023 UK Rising: 22% of Non-UK Tech Firms Eye Expansion Our latest figures show promise for the UK's inward investment position. We surveyed ~400 high-tech businesses planning to expand, who are planning to invest over £1.5bn. They shared their growth plans with us: 22% of non-UK tech businesses plan to expand operations to the UK The UK is a very popular destination for tech businesses from certain markets; specifically tech firms from the US, India, Australia and a number of Asian countries (if you would like precise statistics on this, there's information on how to get in touch at the end of this issue). It's evident that the British Isles are a hub for technological innovation and growth. This not only highlights the attractiveness of the UK market, but it also emphasizes the broader global trend towards tech-driven business expansion. Why is this? Global Tech has a Proactive Approach to International Expansion Traditionally, businesses would consolidate their domestic position before setting their sights overseas. Today's tech landscape, however, paints a different picture. More and more, tech enterprises – from startups to established players – seem to be looking at international expansion early in their life cycles. This global outlook enables these companies to tap into new markets, harness international talent, and diversify their operations, positioning them for sustained growth in an increasingly interconnected world. The UK's VC Landscape: A deeper pool Perhaps a big reason for this, is that the UK is the third largest Venture Capital market in the world. This is after powerhouses USA and China (though the Chinese VC market is largely insular). The deep VC ecosystem (approaching 800 early stage funds), is complemented by supportive regulatory frameworks and recent moves such as the Mansion House Compact. This makes the UK an attractive market to not just raise capital but also to innovate, collaborate, and expand. Closing Remarks: The UK’s unique blend of a deep VC ecosystem, ease of doing business, tax incentives and a forward-looking regulatory frameworks offer it a significant opportunity on the global tech scene. As these results suggest, now may be the most opportune time for inward investment professionals to capitalize on the UK's burgeoning tech marketplace. Stay tuned for our next issue where we dive into other trends and interview those in the Inward Investment Community. Inward Investment Insight is a newsletter, bringing the latest news, insights, and trends from the world of inward investments to professionals like you. This one is very UK focused, we'll be bringing different geographic perspectives in future. Get involved: 2 minute survey We'd love to hear about what you look for in early stage tech-businesses, we have a 2 minute survey that asks what criteria you look for when assessing businesses. For feedback and inquiries: please write to us at, or book a call to discuss more on our research here.

  • Building relationships in Cardiff

    How have we benefitted from choosing Tramshed Tech in Cardiff? Ranging from community or networking events to helping other startups search for funding, the relationship between and Tramshed Tech has been reciprocal for both. Company Intro was started in the middle of the pandemic in Swansea. It’s a free to use investor search engine - enabling founders to search investors by topics. We ended up putting our head office in Tramshed Tech, Cardiff after an Accelerator Programme based there. Tramshed Tech sits at the heart of the tech start-up community in Wales. We access collaborative working spaces, recording studios, a meeting/event space that has brilliant convening power (the First Minister, Ambassadors, VCs, Stock Exchanges, Private Equity firms etc. all visit!) as well as a range of business support programmes. So if you’re a startup, you can quickly build a great network that helps you navigate. And that’s mainly because Tramshed Tech have established a unique community that allows founders to connect with valuable individuals such as investors and advisors who can make a difference. Problem and Goal It’s hard for startups to find relevant investors. We make part of that easier by giving a free, powerful search engine to founders. Instead of trawling through investor lists, we enable founders to have targeted outreach. This enables founders to build relationships with the investors that can actually help them on their journey. Solution As a start-up, support is key to growing and more importantly learning. Being part of the Tramshed Tech ecosystem enables us to obtain user feedback. This in turn helps us improve our search engine and find other common problems founders experience. As a start-up that needs feedback to provide direction, being in and amongst our user base means we benefit directly. And it means we also get exposed to some of the tech breakthroughs that startups at Tramshed tech are making. Tramshed Tech have been brilliant at facilitating win-win introductions and relationships within their broad reach as ecosystem enablers with significant convening power. Results and Benefits We’ve made brilliant connections with the likes of Barclays Eagle Labs, the Cardiff Capital Region, the Welsh Government - including Minister for Economy Vaughan Gething, meeting Mubadala (UAE Sovereign Wealth Fund), Deloitte, University of South Wales, Angel Investors (a number of whom have since invested), meeting with the Badem-Wurttemberg Trade Mission, being involved with the Tech Export Cluster, and dozens more start-ups and ecosystem members. Tramshed Tech has continued its mission to support start-ups of which below are some of the ways that Tramshed Tech has directly helped Access to shared working space and collaborative working environment. Access to technical tools and podcasting studio that make our operations more efficient Exposure of to the greater Welsh ecosystem, Welsh Government and international partners. Ability to work with large established companies that in themselves have created opportunities that otherwise would not be possible Support from key individuals internal and external to Tramshed Tech that has provided insight and learning from previous experience Mature advice from those who have ‘been there and done that’ on the direction and future of Future vision and aims continues to improve, with newly implemented features such as viewing portfolio and investment entities, including the addition of U.S investor data. In July 2023, will be three years old and to celebrate this anniversary and recognition; we’ll have expanded the coverage to include new geographies, so that founders have more relevant investors to reach out to in a targeted way. Summary In summary, the relationship between and Tramshed Tech has been beneficial for both parties. It’s fair to say that start-ups benefit substantially in a number of areas by being involved with Tramshed Tech - it is a brilliant location for the tech industry across South Wales. We’ve benefitted from being part of this valuable community, and bringing others to it too! Being involved and becoming part of the Welsh start-up ecosystem has given us a great network and ability to navigate to where we need to be, quickly. It’s great to see Tramshed Tech expand across South Wales and to other locations. It’s been great working with Cai, Sophie, Sara, Gwenno, Eulalee, Mark and Louise and plenty of other members of the Tramshed Tech Team, who have really been friends to us from the very early days - we’re looking forward to where the future takes us! Notes to editor Ship Shape was founded by Daniel Sawko and Alistair Baillie and is currently based in Cardiff, Wales. To discover Ship Shape please visit: Co-founder and CEO, Daniel Sawko: Co-founder and COO, Alistair Baillie: For more information about this press release please contact: This release was published by Bradley Evans Ship Shape is the search engine for VC. Tramshed Tech was founded in 2016 and currently operates in Newport, Barry with the main co-working and headquarters based in Grangetowm, Cardiff. To discover Tramshed Tech, please visit: Tramshed Tech supports local start-ups through co-working space, creative studios, meeting rooms and community events. Become a member today:

  • Why SPVs are important for founders

    An article from Sydecar Guest Author: Sam Loui As we enter the summer in a market downturn, the thought of finding capital may be daunting. However, there are great capital opportunities for founders who look beyond raising exclusively from VC funds. Founders who have built a loyal community, customers, or network can expand their pool of capital through SPVs. As a founder, fundraising from your community of customers and community is a great source of capital and further aligns your network with your business and its mission. However, when taking all of these checks from angel investors, it can very easily become an administrative headache and even a deterrent for investors in your future funding rounds. Too many lines on your captable can leave your startup dealing with agonizing, slow processes when speed matters most. This is where Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) come in - they help keep your cap table clean and streamline coordination with your investors for the life of your business. An SPV is a company that is formed specifically for the purpose of pooling money from a group of investors to then invest in a single company (such as your startup). By creating an SPV or working with a syndicate lead, you can accept investments from investors with smaller check sizes, which helps you reach a wider audience of potential investors who may not have been able to participate otherwise. Additionally, using an SPV will help keep your cap table clean, which will save you time and money and stay appealing to future investors. Sydecar's SPV enables you to easily spin up an SPV and save thousands of dollars and hours of back and forth with lawyers and accountants. The platform allows you to create a deal page that shows off what makes your company unique, invite investors via easy-to-use invitation links, and manage funding options through ACH or wire. With Sydecar's SPV, there are no upfront fees, and your investors only pay when you close the SPV. Link to Sydecar: Notes: was founded by Daniel Sawko and Alistair Baillie and is based in Cardiff, Wales. To discover more visit: This article features a guest writer hosted on Sydecar is a frictionless deal execution platform for venture investors. The CEO of Sydecar is Nik Talreja. Sam Loui from Sydecar wrote this article. Sydecar's Website: Sydecar's Linkedin:

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