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Investment Readiness Accelerator

Considering investment to grow your business? We are offering 20 founders the opportunity to participate in this immersive 4-week program aimed at getting ambitious early-stage businesses investment-ready.


This virtual program includes masterclasses, coaching and introductions focused on ensuring founders have a strong understanding of what is required to raise investment.

Applications are now CLOSED

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Ready to pitch already? Why not apply for Pitch Day on 26 May, 2021

What does the Investment Readiness Accelerator involve?

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Understand your options when raising investment

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Learn what makes a successful investment proposal
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Gain support and introductions to experienced investors
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Opportunity to build and deliver a compelling pitch 

Looking at your business from an investor’s perspective will significantly increase your chances of raising capital 

World-leading instructors

Our industry experts, entrepreneurs and investment professionals bring in-depth experience from the field to the classroom, providing invaluable insights.

Investment Readiness Accelerator instructors are committed to providing personalised feedback to help you gain confidence with key tools and concepts.

Mathu Jeyaloganathan

Head of Investments at UnLtd

Mathu is Head of Investments at UnLtd, the Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs, where she oversees their early-stage investment work. 

Rodney Appiah

Chairman, Cornerstone Partners

Rodney is co-founder and Chairman of Cornerstone Partners, a leading angel network focused on black and diverse founders in the UK. 

Your Journey

April 21, 2021

Different Types of Investors and Stages of Funding

This session will offer insights into the equity investment process, routes to funding and whether it's right for you.

May 12, 2021

Telling a Compelling Story

Telling a compelling story can be your startup's 'superpower'. This session will explore the power of your unique story to engage your audience.

April 28, 2021

Key Financial Drivers

and Metrics

Understand what makes business models investable, the importance of KPIs and the value of IP. Start to shape your fundraising strategy.


Individual Support 

121 support and feedback to help you with key aspects of your individual business ambitions. 

May 5, 2021

Investor "Ask Me Anything"

& Panel

Meet leading angel, venture capital and corporate investors for candid insights on raising capital for your business.


Who is the Investment Readiness Accelerator for?

The Investment Readiness Accelerator is delivered in partnership with Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland. It is therefore FREE for eligible UK based early-stage businesses. The program is open to businesses actively seeking equity investment or wanting to gain an insight into the investment process in preparation for future needs.


Who should apply?

  • Founders and/or C suite of a UK company, registered with Companies House 

  • Early-stage and actively seeking the next stage in business growth

  • Able to commit to all four weeks of program, running April 21, 2021 until May 12, 2021 from 5:30pm/6pm - 8pm.

  • At least one Black founder or C suite.

Need advice? Have questions? Our Admissions team is here to help.

Join the Investment Readiness Accelerator

The Investment Readiness programme is uniquely delivered by Foundervine in partnership with Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and with support from a extensive network of angel, venture capital and corporate investors.  

Sorry, applications are now CLOSED

Ready to pitch already? Apply now for Pitch Day on May 26th. REGISTER HERE


A word from our partner 

The UK’s Black community has been underrepresented in boardrooms and within the broader business landscape for far too long. It’s time for change. We know we still have a long way to go and as one of the UK’s largest organisations we have a responsibility to do all that we can to ensure the business community is representative of the country we’re proud to be a part of.


Lloyds Banking Group is hugely excited to be working with Foundervine as a partner for the Investment Readiness Accelerator. 

Fiona Cannon, Lloyds Banking Group Sustainable Business Director

Find out more about the Black Advisory Committee HERE


Q: Who is eligible for the program?

  • Founders and/or C suite of a UK company, registered with Companies House; 

  • Early-stage and actively seeking the next stage in business growth;

  • Able to commit to all four weeks of program.

  • At least one Black founder or C suite.

Q: How much do the events cost?

  • The Investment Readiness Accelerator is free to attend for eligible applicants.  

Q: How do I register for an event?


  • Click the 'Apply Now' button and complete the registration to book your place.

Q: Do I have to attend all four sessions?

  •  Yes, as this program has been designed as a 4-week course, with each session building on the learnings of the last. We are looking for participants who can commit to attending all the sessions across the 4 weeks.


Q: Are all the sessions online?

  • Yes, all sessions will be delivered online. You will need a laptop/iPad with a good internet connection to be able to join sessions.


Q: What are the timings of the sessions?


  • The program will run on Wednesday evenings, from the April 21, 2021 until May 12, 2021, from 5:30pm or 6pm - 8pm. Please note that you will need to be able to attend each session to be eligible to take part. 

Q: How can I get in touch if I have any other questions?

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