Breakfast Networking: Help for your company to get investment (or finance) ready

This breakfast session will focus on hints and tips which should be of value to all start-ups and those scaling up: getting the right team, having a market, good record keeping, contracts, cyber security, insurance and many more.


Date Thursday 27th February 2020
Times 8.00am - 10.00am
Venue Postdoc Centre, 105 Eddington Place, CB3 1AS
Organiser Louise Rushworth
Phone 01223 760102
Cost £15+VAT for Members | £25+VAT for Non-Members

This one-hour session is provided by Simon Portman of Marks & Clerk and Matthew Clark of La Playa who will be sharing their thoughts on many issues that a young (and more mature) company should address, perhaps especially if they’re trying to attract investment.  Financiers (banks, investors) will often give more credence to companies with excellent house-keeping records and a good idea, rather than an excellent idea but poor company records.

This session will cover:

  • Getting the right team: Team dynamics and reasons for team failure
  • Contract negotiation and contract management
  • Good housekeeping  and day to day issues
  • Identifying the market / actually having a market
  • Watching out for the competition
  • Hostile IP and IP infringement
  • Data privacy and cyber security
  • Implications of hitting the US market
  • Managing these risks with insurance cover
  • Different types of insurance policy

Even if not all these points are of direct relevance to your company, there will probably be several that are. This is an excellent chance to hear snapshots about each as well as being able to ask some questions of your own.



08.00am - Registration and networking over coffee and breakfast

08.30am - Speakers: Simon Portman, Marks & Clerk and Matthew Clark, La Playa

09.30am - Further networking and a chance to follow up with the speaker

10.00am - Event close


To attend:


Any Cambridge Network member may attend, there is a small charge of £15+VAT for members. Please log in first to receive your member discount, and then return to this page and click Book Now!


Non-members may also attend this session at a fee of £25+VAT. Please register by clicking Book Now!

You may wish to join as a member from £50+VAT and come along to many other events for free or at member rates!



In order to cover our costs for these meetings we will have to charge members £15 / head to confirm your attendance. Please note that the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event.


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February 27th, 2020 8:00 AM   to   10:00 AM
Postdoc Centre @ Eddington
105 Eddington Place
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 1AS
United Kingdom
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Non-member fee £25 £ 25.00 + £ 5.00 VAT
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