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Venture Academy

The Venture Academy aims to help selected presenting SMEs to prepare for the Semi-Final. Experienced coaches from the relevant industry areas will work very pragmatically with the presenters to prepare them for their participation at the Semi-Final on 20 May 2010.

** The Venture Academy is highly encouraged for entrepreneurs looking to access international markets as they will be provided with concrete information, tools and resources in order to successfully partner and grow their business. 

Focus will be on how to meet strategic partners and potential investors’ expectations. Participants will receive guidance on how their presentations and propositions compare with those of other participants, highlighting the strengths and weaknesses which need to be addressed and improved.

Who will participate in the Venture Academy?

  • Selected innovative growth companies with one or maximum two senior management representatives
  • External coaches with relevant expertise and experience, who will review the companies from a shareholder perspective
  • Facilitated by 2 to 3 moderators

Who are the coaches?

  • Independent Coaches: consultants able to personally provide advisory services
    • Ex venture capital managers
    • Ex entrepreneurs
    • Ex advisors
  • Advisory Coaches from established advisory practices
    • Consultants from larger or specialised consulting/ accounting firms
    • Head-hunters or interim managers
    • M&A advisors or investment bankers

What does it cost?

Participation for all involved in the Venture Academy is free of cost. Nevertheless, it is exclusively for the selected companies selected for the Semi-Final in Liverpool.  Spaces are limited so we suggest presenting companies RSVP as soon they have registered.

The Venture Academy will take place on 19 May 2010 at:
** For selected Presenting Companies only


Crowne Plaza Liverpool City Center
St.Nicholas Place, Princes Dock, Pier Head
Liverpool, L3 1QW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 151 243 8000

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