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Unique Amongst VC's I've Met in the Uk

Fund: Ariadne Capital

Posted by Anonymous on 2013-06-20

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Ariadne have multiple approaches to helping Entrepreneurs and as such are not so much purely a venture fund (although they do have funds to help entrepreneurs): rather they offer a range of services to Entrepreneurs from helping fund raise, M&A, networking and seeding startups.

I am amazed by some of the comments on this forum - I went to the "Follow the entrepreneur" forum early this year - you only have to look at the website and the packed list of speakers for that forum, to see that Ariadne have a serious and credible network.

Ariadne have been extremely helpful in helping my company find a new NED. They certainly were not aggressive about fees for this and so again, I can't understand some of the other comments.

They've also proposed to my company some services for helping us to raise cash at nothing like the fees mentioned by a poster some 5-6 years ago.

My advice would be:

*If you are a start-up they could make a really good source of seed capital.
*If you have time - then try and go to one of their "entrepreneurcountry" events or at least the website - it's what they are all about.
*They are not a VC with the ability to invest millions - I'd certainly say that if your business requires that you may be better off talking to some of the tier 1 VCs.

This is a fund that tries very hard to respect entrepreneurs for what their vision is: unlike most funds I've pitched to they haven't tried to mold my company into their view of the world.

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