An investor’s perspective: What do they look for?

3 March @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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We are delighted to be joined by serial investor and entrepreneur, David Murray-Hundley.

About this Event
If investment features in your growth strategy, either in the short, medium or long-term, you will gain so much from eScalate’s session with David Murray-Hundley, otherwise known as the “Grumpy Entrepreneur”.

We will be asking David all about what investors are looking for, how to attract their attention, pitching tips, insight into the current investment climate, and much, much more. There is so much to pack into our usual 60-minute ‘lunch and learn’, we hope you can join us and hear first-hand from a seasoned investor who sits on both sides of the fence, with experience of both raising capital and investing.

And now a little bit about David … He entered into the series start-up scene at the age of 21, getting involved with Europe’s first online B2B procurement system which was later acquired by Chase Manhattan Bank. He headed to the US and ended up working for another start-up called Commerce One that went through all stages to IPO in 1999, at $22bn on NASDAQ (was a lot of money back then).

When the dotcom bubble burst, so did his own bubble and he was declared bankrupt by the age of 30. He then took on a US company called Utility One for $100, that had run out of investment when the bubble burst and later got that company acquired.

Since then, he has tried his hand at holding director roles at “grown-up” companies but now understands he is a maverick and not very good at doing what he is told. He built a social enterprise business back in 2009 which was engaged into the NHS and acquired in 2017. He invested in a number of companies, these days at early revenue stage, growth expansion stage but also also done ideas. He has been lucky to have some exits, but not every deal has had a great outcome.

David is now Chairman of a number of growth companies. One of which he was involved with before it had made a single sale and is now expanding into the US and doing a Series B. Another has a young CEO who, at the age of 23, had already done £1m turnover on 100k funding. For me it’s about the people in the early stages and then being realistic.

During the global COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, David stepped in to provide support to over 2300 companies and founders to help them and their businesses get through these challenging times. Occasionally, time-permitting, he adds to his YouTube channels, head up Mobility and Automotive for Tech London Advocates and is continuously looking to upgrade his Ofsted rating while home-schooling his two young daughters.

Please note that the event is part-funded by European Regional Development Funded (ERDF)

 

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