Posted by Tom Ponting – 03.05.18
We’ve been in the world of tech recruitment for over 10 years, and in that time we’ve seen clients such as Uber and ASOS go from strength to strength, blooming from ambitious startups into multinational corporations.
Both companies began as simple ideas powered by online technology, and their success has inspired thousands of tech entrepreneurs to put plans into action and seek investment.
If that sounds like you, and you’re confident you’ve got what it takes to launch the next big thing, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve been busy researching tech investors in each of the regions we operate, so take note of these organisations and one day we could be working together, forming your long-term talent strategy for global success.
Here’s a whistle-stop tour of where to go for funding and advice:
The Opus empire is headquartered in Bristol, UK, and our home city lies at the heart of so-called Silicon Gorge - the South West region that has been compared to California’s Silicon Valley due to the vast number of tech companies setting up here.
We’ve got a fantastic talent pool on our doorstep, and partnering with local tech startups is what accelerated our growth in the early years.
The Engine Shed, adjacent to Brunel’s iconic Temple Meads station, is a thriving tech hub, housing multiple startups and hosting numerous events. The regular ‘Investor in Residence’ drop-in sessions will be of particular interest to wannabe ‘technopreneurs’, allowing you to sit down and discuss your ideas with experienced backers.
You can find out more and book your slot by completing the registration form here.
There are no shortage of angel investors in the UK’s financial capital, all keen to unearth rough diamonds and knock them into shape.
Check out this comprehensive directory of London tech investors, allowing you to filter your search by keywords (such as ‘app’ or ‘robotics’), making it easy to hunt down the perfect potential partner.
There’s also a huge number of London ‘Tech Talk’ Meetup groups, presenting great networking opportunities where important contacts can be made and life-changing deals struck.
Ideally situated on the M4 corridor between London and Bristol, Reading has long been home to the likes of Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco Systems.
The ConnectTVT (Thames Valley Tech) community should be a primary port of call for budding entrepreneurs in the region, putting you in touch with like-minded people who are well placed to push you forward.
When it comes to funding, the Finance South East Group list a number of generous funds for Berkshire-based businesses.
In a similar fashion to the London directory noted above, Tech Manchester has published its own list of established tech investors, again allowing you to filter for areas of expertise.
Understandably, this database isn’t as extensive as its London counterpart, but new investors are looking north all the time, keen to tap into creative talent outside the capital.
The website also has information on mentoring and events, all with a vision of promoting Manchester as a world-class tech hub. The closely-related Manchester Tech Trust is also a fantastic resource, packed with startup toolkits and information about investors.
The Dutch capital is another city that has been labelled ‘The new Silicon Valley’ due to its thriving tech sector, which is why we opened an office here in 2015.
The Amsterdam Capital Week is hosted every September, billed as an exciting time for founders and investors to connect. Angels can learn all about seed investment, youthful startups can pitch for funds and those looking to scale-up can can develop a strategy with seasoned entrepreneurs.
The Sydney Startup Hub is based in the CBD with a mission to encourage innovation and improve the effectiveness of local startups. Those in residence range from international organisations to local accelerators.
If you’re looking for seed investment, check out the Sydney Seed Fund, which is dedicated to tech startups. Their portfolio ranges from an interactive medical device to a platform that empowers digital marketers, and their manifesto outlines exactly what they’re looking for.
One Ventures have also recently expanded their remit to include tech companies.
StartupsHK is looking to build relationships between startups and investors. As long as you’re primarily focused on the Asian market, you can apply, but your business needs to have moved pass the idea stage and be in a solid position to grow.
121 Tech Investments are inviting applications for their upcoming event on in June. The goal is to connect investors with business opportunities. If you’re successful, investors have the opportunity to arrange private one-on-one meetings where you can discuss opportunities to grow your business.
Those based in New York should be monitoring AlleyWatch regularly with its wealth of news and information for nurturing startups. Get to know some of the city’s key angel investors, find accelerators to launch your business and keep abreast of upcoming tech events.
Towards the end of 2017, New York become the most highly funded region in the US for venture capital funds, with Great Oaks and Arc Angel leading the way, offering investments between $50,000 and $500,000.
Finally, having found north of $100 million in funds New York Angels are ‘one of the longest running active angel groups in New York City’. You can submit a business plan and sign up to the network through their website.
Opus Talent Solutions operates internationally, forming long-term client partnerships to help organisations manage every stage of the talent lifecycle.
We love teaming-up with tech companies because they’re so fast-paced, vibrant and creative, and we want to do all we can to help startups succeed.
We’re also striving to encourage more women into the tech sector, as a more diverse talent pool can only mean greater innovation. If you work in tech, we’d appreciate you taking five minutes to participate in our Gender Diversity in STEM survey.
Sharing your insights and experiences will go a long way in helping us develop practical solutions for positive change.
Posted by Tom Ponting – 03.05.18