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Capital Pilot Launches its Summer Special Free Assessment Campaign

By Richard Blakesley | Jul 1, 2020

Today Capital Pilot is launching its £75,000 Summer Special to help 500 startups and scaleups on their funding journey.  Fundraising at the moment is even more difficult for early stage growth businesses, and time-critical for many. That’s why we are giving away £75,000 worth of investability assessments and ratings, all in the month of July,…

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Government Initiatives for Startups

By Sean Clayton | Jun 5, 2020

Equity Initiatives for Early-Stage Business The Government has dramatically expanded its provision to early-stage businesses, but the avalanche of new terms and acronyms has led to some confusion. This article gives an overview of the funding opportunities that the Government is offering to startups that are based in the UK. Links to the gov.uk website…

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How Many Startups Will Actually Receive Government Support?

By Richard Blakesley | May 15, 2020

As we wait for the imminent launch of the Government’s Future Fund we decided to look at how many startups and scaleups will actually benefit from any of the various COVID support measures announced to date. Lots has been written about eligibility criteria; less so about impact. It’s a tricky analysis, and we don’t claim…

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How does the government help startup businesses?

By Shahryar Barati | Apr 20, 2020

A closer look at Government’s Future Fund vs our Rescue Equity Fund There have been many discussions about the need to support startups in the UK since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main theme in all of those discussions has been the fact that existing government schemes such as CBILS do not apply…

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Background to the Capital Pilot Rescue Equity Funding Initiative

By Richard Blakesley | Apr 20, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis will cause the failure of tens of thousands of businesses. It’s already happening, despite the monumental efforts of the public and private sector to help them survive. Early-stage growth businesses, including tech startups and scaleups, are particularly at risk because they don’t typically qualify for Government support initiatives announced to date. By…

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Capital Pilot launches Rescue Equity Fund Initiative

By Richard Blakesley | Apr 14, 2020

Capital Pilot, the investability rating agency, announces the launch of a funding initiative to help thousands of UK startups survive through the COVID-19 crisis. Qualifying companies will receive investment of £50,000 each, using an automated process designed by Capital Pilot, with a plan to support hundreds or even thousands of companies. “Thousands of UK startups…

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Diversification in Startup Investing: The Autopilot Thesis

By Shahryar Barati | Jun 17, 2019

In the past couple of months, we have been busy structuring our co-investment fund, Autopilot. Launching a first-time fund is never an easy job. Amongst the key challenges that need to be addressed is to have a clear and differentiated investment proposition. And for us one of the main differentiators is diversification. We are building…

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Objectives and Key Results Framework: How We’ve Used It and Why You Should Too

By Richard Blakesley | Jun 10, 2019

It is easy to lose focus when working in a startup. New opportunities continually present themselves, and there is tons of opportunity in front of you. However, each new opportunity you pursue comes with a cost. While you may be working hard, and even efficiently, you might also be straying from the strategy and long…

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Your Application Form is Too Long

By Richard Blakesley | May 30, 2019

Accelerators, angel networks, startup competitions, and anyone else who needs to evaluate startups: it’s time to eliminate your unnecessarily long and annoyingly alike but slightly different registration forms. All the info you need already lives in a document that nearly every startup has – their pitch deck. There are several good reasons for this: 1.…

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