Strategic partners


Barclays-logoWith 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

As banking partner to some of the most disruptive and innovative businesses in the UK and beyond, we understand entrepreneurs and what it takes to help make a venture successful. For the ambitious entrepreneur growth can sometimes happen so quickly that you have little time to focus on your financial strategy – that’s why it’s so important to have a banking partner who can keep pace with your business.

Barclays is uniquely placed to help and support businesses, their founders and investors at all stages of growth, particularly during scale-up but also at IPO and exit stage. We have innovative funding solutions and our experienced team will help you to develop a holistic financial approach to reach the goals you have set for your business as well as your personal financial goals. We can connect the most ambitious entrepreneurs to our wide-reaching network through our strategically aligned partnerships and to Barclays’ own initiatives and events. Find out how Barclays can help you and your business at



The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for private equity and venture capital. We communicate the industry’s impact to policymakers, the media, regulators and the public at large and reinforce the crucial role our members play in the global economy as a catalyst for changes and growth.

For three decades we have represented the industry and delivered authoritative research and analysis, proprietary publications, specialist training, topical conferences and best practice standards. We represent over 600 influential firms, including more than 260 General Partners with an accumulated total of over £500 billion funds under management. Our members work together to provide capital and expertise to growing businesses, to unlock potential and to deliver enhanced returns to the millions who directly and indirectly invest in our industry.

Cisco EIR


Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (Cisco EIR) is a global corporate development programme aimed at startups and scale-ups – a hyper-efficient platform to build long-term strategic relationships andbusiness outcomes with Cisco Business Units (BUs). Cisco EIR is aimed at early-stage companies working on disruptive technologies in the Internet of Everything/Things (IoE/IoT), Collaboration, AI/Deep Learning/Big Data, Cloud, Enterprise Mobility, Security and Blockchain.

Cisco EIR provides startups/scale-ups with opportunities to build strategic relationships with Cisco BUs and executives, co-working space, software, financial support and potential strategic investments or M&A opportunities from Cisco.

Originally launched in Silicon Valley in 2013, Cisco EIR now has presence in the US and the UK. 33 companies to date have become part of Cisco EIR, and over 20% of them have found successful exits. Cisco EIR startups currently have over 60 strategic engagements inside Cisco.

Lloyds Bank


Lloyds Bank has more than one million business clients, ranging from very small enterprises all the way up to global corporates, so we have an important role to play in helping SMEs seize opportunities for growth as part of the Group’s aim of helping Britain prosper.

Lloyds Bank has been particularly focused on supporting the angel community in recent years. We joined forces with the City of London Corporation and the London Business Angels to support the Angels in the City initiative. This was funding to attract up to 300 new angel investors from the City and support seed/early stage businesses with high growth potential. We are also pleased that the bank has been a cornerstone investor in the Business Growth Fund and facilitating links between BGF and the UKBAA.

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