Lunch and Learn: Accessing funding for your business – the first steps

Posted: Mon 27th Feb 2023

In this Lunch and Learn, Henry Blanchard, one of the UK's leading start-up mentors, explains how to access the funding that's available to you and your business.

Find out what funders are looking for, and how you can best position yourself to take advantage of finance from government schemes, private investors, awards and grants.

After learning the basics as an accountant with Deloitte, Henry moved to Uganda in 2015 to set up the Uganda Marathon – the country's largest fundraising event and now one of the world's best charity adventures. Through social entrepreneurship, he's raised £2.5 million for good causes.

Henry has taught entrepreneurship and start-up skills at over 20 UK universities and mentored over 1,100 founders through their first steps. He now builds and leads start-up accelerators across the UK, in which over 2,000 people have taken part. He's currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Santander and writing a book on how to pitch.

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