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How can you fund your business?


​​Need to raise some money to start a business or develop an idea? Come along to our free event in Leeds city centre to find out about the different options for funding your business.

What's happening?

Leeds Trinity University is proud to be part of AD:VENTURE, a new project to support new and young businesses to grow and develop in the Leeds City Region.

On Tuesday 19 September, we're running a workshop about funding for your business - including local funding pots, start-up grants and crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding – what is it?

Crowdfunding is a way of raising money by asking a large number of people for a small amount of money. The money is then used to finance a business, project or venture.

Joel Hughes from Indiegogo, one of the largest global crowdfunding platform, will talk about crowdfunding – what works, what doesn't, how to plan and set up a crowdfunded project, marketing, content creation, shipping, fulfilment, and how to build your community.

Find out how other businesses have used crowdfunding to successfully launch their businesses, and see if it's right for you.

Befund – Loans for start-ups and new businesses

Rupert Shires from Befund will talk through the different types of loans available locally to start-ups and new businesses. He'll discuss what's right for you and be able to answer any questions you might have.

Start-up grants

Through Ad:Venture, we're offering business start-up and growth grants from £2,500 to £25,000.  Our business advisers will talk about these grants, and how the loans and crowdfunding money above can be used as match funding for the grants available.


Tuesday 19 September
5.15pm onwards


5.15     Registration, refreshments and networking
5.45     Crowdfunding – by Joel Hughes from Indiegogo
6.20     Questions
6.30     Break    
6.45     Befund – by Rupert Shires from Befund
7.00     Grants – from the Ad:Venture Advisers
7.15     Questions and Networking
8.00     Finish

Who can attend?

Businesses up to three years old with a desire to grow and develop are encouraged to attend this event. You might also be eligible for support through the Ad:Venture programme – including access to free workshops and funding. 

Please register for a ticket on Eventbrite by answering a few questions, and we'll contact you to confirm your attendance, if you are eligible for this workshop.


The workshop is free – however, this is a popular event so please can we ask if you can't attend to let us know in good time so we can tell people on the reserve list and cater accordingly.


White Cloth Gallery – Five minutes from Leeds Train station
24-26 Aire Street
0113 218 1923


Ad:Venture Project – Hands-on business support for growing young businesses

Leeds Trinity University is proud to be part of AD:VENTURE, a business support programme aimed at helping businesses with real growth potential to achieve their ambitions.

If you are thinking of starting a business or you've recently launched your own business, it's been trading less than three years and based in the Leeds City Region, we can offer you support.  We are looking to support businesses that have ambitions to grow and create jobs. 

AD:VENTURE​ is supported by the 2014 to 2020 European Regional Development Fund Programme.


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