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Connect Yorkshire Launches Autumn Investment Forum

Published: 8th October 2007

Connect Yorkshire Investment Forum, 28th November 2007, sponsored by South Yorkshire Investment Fund

Connect Yorkshire is seeking science, technology or knowledge based businesses to make presentations at its Investment Forum on the 28th November 2007 at the Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Sheffield.

The event, sponsored by South Yorkshire Investment Fund and Business Link South Yorkshire, showcases the very best regional science, technology or knowledge-based companies seeking finance and offers them the chance to meet potential investors.

In the run up to the event, each company pitching for finance receives intensive help and mentoring from Connect Yorkshire’s advisors to make sure the companies capture the attention of investors.

Over 160 companies have now benefited from Connect Yorkshire’s assistance and between them have raised over £22million of international investment.

Matthew Smith managing partner, CMM Technology LLP, who pitched for investment at Connect Yorkshire's Investment Forum in 2006, said: "It was great exposure for us. We received some really good feedback but even better, we met a business angel who has subsequently invested £150,000 in the business."

Neil McCutcheon, managing director, Lattice Voice Technologies Ltd said: "Connect Yorkshire’s advice and mentoring has been invaluable helping us secure £150,000 in investment from Yorkshire Fund Managers. Connect Yorkshire is a fantastic resource and I urge any young science or technology company seeking investment to attend its Investment Forum."

For further details of the event see the events page, or visit Connect Yorkshire’s website (www.connectyorkshire.org) or telephone 0113 384 5640.

The deadline for applications is the 10th October 2007.

For more information on how South Yorkshire Investment Fund can help your business please call 01709 386 377.


Connect Yorkshire's Autumn Investment Forum

The Royal Victoria Holiday Inn, Victoria Station Road, Sheffield
Wednesday, 28th November 2007

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).