INVESTMENT READINESS TRAINING FOR SMES
The event’s content was based on sharing the knowledge of experts in the Venture Capital and Business Angel networks and having a detailed insight into the experience of an international expert who had managed a large SME investment programme in Ireland. There were also presentations from Key Experts in the project relating to the demands of Horizon 2020 and good and bad practices encountered in working with SMEs seeking finance and a case study provided by the founder of a successful SME. A short, interactive session that placed the participants in the role of investors allowed participants to use their acquired knowledge from the event. They were given a brief based on an IT company seeking finance, and they were asked to raise questions that potential investors may ask. The event’s overall objective was to improve the abilities to participate SMEs in pitching for finance by increasing their knowledge of what is required and developing their pitching skills.