Female Founder Access to Finance Programme

Lifted Ventures, in partnership with Natwest Bank, would like to deliver an Access to Finance and Investor Readiness programme which is aimed at start-up Female and Diverse Founders across Manchester and Leeds.

The programme will be built to support female and diverse founders to further understand the investment landscape, adequately prepare their businesses for investment as well as build and develop networks across the ecosystem.

Throughout this programme, founders will:

  • Develop a roadmap to gain access to funding
  • Understand the investment landscape
  • Make connections with investors
  • Connect with a network of support within the region and beyond


Workshop 1 will focus on evolving your business plan. The session will help you to visualise all the building blocks required to start and grow a business as well as visualising and addressing key areas of their business.

Workshop 2 will allow participants to gain valuable insight into how to access funding and grants and the variety of options available. The session will cover the current funding landscape and what is most appropriate to you as a founder. Lastly, the session will cover what investors are looking for and how you can make your business attractive to investors.

Workshop 3 will cover how to get investor ready. Participants can expect to learn how to create a winning business elevator pitch to set you up for any business-related conversations. The session will also cover what an investor pitch deck should include and how to pitch to investors.

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