Venture Funding Hub Launches In Manchester 


The first Venture Funding Hubs were launched on Monday 23 February from Parliament (Committee Room 6) and will see the first hubs rolled out in Manchester and Sheffield.

Venture Funding Hubs have been launched by The Social Foundation, led by Barry James, Director of The Crowd Data Centre. Findings by The Social Foundation and SME Insider found that the SME sector is ready for massive expansion but currently lacks the funding to do so. The Funding Hubs will connect local entrepreneurs with local experts who can help signpost them to different forms of financing as well as inspire and empower them so helping to build local economies. The first two Venture Funding Hubs will be launched in Manchester and Sheffield with further hubs being rolled out at up to one a week across Liverpool, Leicester, Glasgow, Cambridge and Hull.

The Manchester hub will be led by its co-founders who include Chris Moss, Head of Corporate at JMW, Martin Manning of The Swot Team and Anne Strachan of CrowdFundUK. Chris Moss is well known for advising Channel 4’s, Dave Fishwick from the series Bank of Dave as well advising on several high profile Peer to Peer and Crowdfunding projects.

Commenting on the Manchester Venture Funding Hub, Chris Moss, Partner and Head of Corporate at JMW said:

"Central to Venture Funding Hubs is bringing people together to learn from one another and together build the local economy, gaining new skills in the process. JMW is Manchester based so we're delighted to be involved in pioneering one of the very first hubs right here, helping established businesses and budding entrepreneurs get advice both online and in-person from pioneers and experts in this new field of alternative finance."

Barry James, CEO and Founder of said:

"We are delighted that Manchester is joining Sheffield in leading the way with Venture Funding hubs across the north of England. Manchester co-founders Chris Moss, Martin Manning of TheSwotTeam, and Anne Strachan of CrowdfundUK, whose collective enthusiasm is infectious, have helped greatly in refining a model with which we hope to help reinvigorate towns and cities across the UK. I'm delighted that today, thanks to their energy and commitment, we are able to launch hubs for both Sheffield and Manchester.

The Venture Funding Hub project has been backed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Barry Sheerman MP who is Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Crowdfunding and non-banking finance.

To see further details or to pre-register go to the websiteYou can also request or join a hub - or become one if the cofounders.


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