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March 2005

London - 8 March 2005 - IntellectOur March meeting was hosted by Intellect, the trade body for the UK based information technology, telecommunications and electronics industry.

Our guest speakers were:
Anthony Clarke, Managing Director of London Seed Capital and London Business Angels.
Anthony qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PWC) in the late 1970's and soon after as a Chartered Secretary. Thereafter, he worked on a full time basis as a Finance Director and Chief Executive of a number of privately owned SME companies and since 1995 he has been a Business Angel Investor/Non Executive Director of 6 start up/early stage businesses. Since early 1998, Anthony has been Managing Director of the London Business Angel network and in 2002 conceived of, and launched, London Seed Capital working as part of the executive fund management team on a part time basis, as well as sitting on the Investment Committee.
London Seed Capital is a 4,800,000, early stage, venture capital fund launched in December 2002 as the first of the Governments Early Growth Funds. London Business Angels (LBA) was established in 1987 and provides an introduction service for entrepreneurial businesses seeking growth and start up capital from its own investment club of locally based private individuals. LBA has access to over 200 London based Business Angels with a total of 40 million available for investment and a network of City institutions.

Garry Carter, CEO of The Institute of Certified Book-KeepersDouble-entry book-keeping is the foundation on which the whole financial industry is structured. Invented more than five-hundred years ago by Luca Pacioli it is as important today as it was all those years ago. Businesses, whatever their size, must keep good financial records if they are to grow and be successful. It is this Institutes role to ensure that the book-keeper's part in this is properly recognised and rewarded.

Audrey Smith, founder of The Millennium FoundationWith its roots in Birmingham, the Millennium Foundation is a partnership project committed to breaking cyclical changes of disadvantagedness by giving people a chance to reach their full potential.

Business Pitches

Sasha Williamson - Urban WIMAX
Our WIMAX network services are unique for SME customers who need low cost, integrated and resilient, future-proof communications. In contrast to other networks, our service has resilience, 1-50Mb true broadband, VOIP, video, mobile VOIP and one-bill services all in one resilient and ubiquitous network.
For Businesses who need, resilience, voice, video and one billing benefits our network offers greater added value; much lower costs, better quality and higher bandwidths. In contrast to other networks we have an integrated, ubiquitous network that delivers USPs to customers and revenues to ourselves from implementation at a very low cost compared to traditional networks.

Christopher Chadwick & Raglan Tribe - Innovationlaunch LtdWant to know how good your invention or customer proposition is, or whether you're likely to get funding?
Christopher Chadwick and Raglan Tribe from Innovationlaunch Ltd launched their ACE (concept evaluation) tool exclusively available to 3Cs' members prior to its wider launch later in the year.
They and Bryan McElearney of MoneySpark presented Bryan's business proposition based on the ACE model, demonstrating how the tool may benefit your own ideas.