Poptop to begin global roll-out after raising further £440k

Poptop to begin global roll-out after raising further £440k

Poptop – the Newcastle-based events booking platform – has raised a further £440,000 to pursue its global expansion plans. The funding comes from existing investors DSW Ventures and NorthStar Ventures, which was investing from the North East Innovation Fund supported...
Start-up insights: Warranties in Venture Capital

Start-up insights: Warranties in Venture Capital

We focus a lot in this series on the tougher aspects of a venture investment. You might think this reflects deep negativity or anxiety. It is absolutely the opposite. Scope out any problems at the start. Then fix them. Move on. Succeed.  Warranties are...
VC Insights: The re-up

VC Insights: The re-up

Managers in a scale-up business need to be incentivised by having a meaningful stake in the company they run. Often they don’t. This is a big problem which may well be a serious long-term valuation drag. But it can be fixed… A recurring theme in our series is that...
Investor Insights: The Regional Angels Programme – our first year

Investor Insights: The Regional Angels Programme – our first year

DSW Ventures became the first partner in British Business Investments’ Regional Angels Programme a year ago – elevating our investment capability and reach. This post looks at how the Programme is working for DSW Ventures, and the progress we’ve made in delivering...