CEN launches Accelerate podcast

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We’ve launched the first series of our new podcast!

CEN Accelerate is a podcast for our members wanting practical tips about starting a business. Episode 1 is available to download now from Soundcloud or Podomatic.

It was produced for CEN by Kim Schönrock and Nehal El Sherif who are graduates from the City University journalism school. They have done a great job interviewing experts from around London for the four episode series.

In episode 1 Kim and Nehal find out about the options to fund a venture.

Many start-ups begin self-funded, and some continue that way. Jackie Fast, who is interviewed, has built her successful business, Slingshot Sponsorship, entirely using profits generated from sales.

However, many very early stage startups needing funds first turn to friends and family to help get the venture off the ground. Some ventures will also qualify for grants. Kim and Nehal also hear about how Angel investors can help.

Venture capitalist (and CEN member), Leo Castellanos explains how SAATCHiNVEST and other venture capitalists can help more established businesses who have a good team and something to show.

Another option is joining an accelerator to build your business quicker. Experienced entrepreneur Riaz Kanani, who is the the Chair of CEN, provides advice on how to choose the right accelerator programme and what that might mean for your start-up.

During the Accelerate podcast we’ll also be telling you about the great support for entrepreneurs at Cass Business School and City University. In episode 1 Kim and Nehal interview Helen Reynolds who runs the £10 million Cass Entrepreneurship Fund.

We hope you enjoy episode 1 of the podcast. Do sign up for updates and share the links on social media. Episode 2, about the advisers who can help your venture grow, will be available next month!

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