For Businesses

Connect East gives you free access to knowledgeable and entrepreneurial angel investors offering early stage seedcorn funding.

Many investors are already highly successful business people and therefore can add both working capital and considerable value and experience to a business, without the demands of bank finance or the costs of venture capital. Our members are interested in investable propositions from across all business sectors.

If your executive summary or overview meets the Connect East criteria, it will made available to our highly connected investor community through our secure, password-protected extranet, providing greater and faster visibility for your proposition. If appropriate, businesses applying for funding can participate in Connect East’s regular presentation days in front of a panel of investors. These are high net worth individuals and sophisticated investors.

It is important to note that members of Connect East are only investors and their personal representatives, not professional intermediaries or business advisors or other companies selling services.

Companies can also get guidance on how to prepare thoroughly for funding and where to access additional expertise and support for sustainable post-investment growth.

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SEIS – mostly sensible, flexible and very tax efficient!

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (‘SEIS’) is designed to help small, early-stage UK companies to raise equity finance with a range of tax reliefs to individual investors. It complements the existing Enterprise Investment Scheme (‘EIS’), but solves many of the particular difficulties which very early stage companies face in attracting investment, by offering tax relief […]

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Investment Criteria

In order to be considered for private funding through the Connect East network, the following criteria need to be demonstrated by applicant companies.

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Enterprise Investment Scheme

Companies seeking investment via Connect East should ideally be registered under the Enterprise Investment Scheme.

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How to apply

There are no fees to submit your executive summary or overview if it meets the Connect East criteria.

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