SmallBizPod #47 – Venture Capital podcast

London Business School, interview with staff, students and participants in the Venture Capital Investment Competition.

By Alex Bellinger
23rd May 2007 at 11:36 pm

This week SmallBizPod #47, the podcast for startups and entrepreneurs, returns to the subject of venture capital, how to pitch your business and how to secure funding. The show features interviews with a student, business owner, teacher and sponsor all of whom took part in London Business School’s innovative Venture Capital Investment Competition. Find out which team of trainee dragon’s won and which business was honoured to come top of the investment list. The show also covers off the latest listener comments, news from the SmallBizPod blog and a real gem of an electronica track.

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Show Notes



• 00:00 Alex on what’s coming up in the show.
• 02:29 Thanks also to all those who have put their pin in the SmallBizPod Frappr map including: Andrew Smith in New Zealand and Tym Allison from the USA.
• 03:21 The networking site continues to grow and a special mention for Anthony Brewitt and his Cyberman.


• 04:36 Interviews with some winning participants of London Business School’s (LBS) Venture Capital Investment Competition including MBA student Mike Salvaris and member of the winning VC team, Johanna Walker of London Business School, Peter Brooke from Findware the winning business and David Rowe from Microsoft. Johanna outlines the origins of the competition and how it works. The conversation also delivers plenty of practical advice from all concerned about venture capital, term sheets, pitching, preparation and communication.


• 20:53 Email comments from Gagandeep Singh Sapra who is looking to start an Indian small business podcast.
• 21:27 Look out for a SmallBizPod special on Indian entrepreneurship.
• 21:55 Blog conversation with Clive Birnie of Severn Delta, open business and free advice on seeking equity funding.
• 23:09 Email from Chris Rivett re a Northampton networking group.
• 23:57 Plans for a series of SmallBizPod Live events in Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, London and Edinburgh.
• 24:40 Email comment from John at BMAW and the joys of Technorati.

• 25.34 Music – One of Alex’s all time favourite electronica tracks called Connect by Blisaed with many thanks to the Monotonik net label.

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