I’ll add a touch of context, I’m quoted as saying that I couldn’t raise funding for StrongSteam in the UK. This quote comes from a longer chat with Katia several months back about the state of funding in the UK, previously I’d looked for funding for seed-stage investments in other projects and found a lack of interest. For StrongSteam I hadn’t at that time looked for UK investment but I would expect the situation for a risky, early stage investment to be difficult (well, really very difficult).
In contrast I’ve had interest here in Chile from VCs and Angels and also offers of investment from Silicon Valley. Interestingly it didn’t take much work to get these intros and offers.
In response to the BBC articles I’ve been sent a link to Seedrs by Thomas Davies (Investment Director), they’re a UK based seed investment platform (a bit like Kickstarter-for-seed). They let folk invest in startups and help startups pitch for up to £150,000 seed investment. They’re launching Friday 6th July.
Ian applies Data Science as an AI/Data Scientist for companies in ModelInsight and in his Mor Consulting, sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London. He also founded the image and text annotation API Annotate.io, lives in London and is a consumer of fine coffees.