Video highlights: how to write the ultimate business plan

Small business owners packed into One Alfred Place to hear advice and be inspired by the panel of top entrepreneurs and insightful business minds.

Mike Soutar of Shortlist Media, Rainbow Hart of Splats and Smarta founder Shaa Wasmund told the crowd their stories of how they designed their successful business plans while venture capitalist Luke Hakes and Palo Alto's Alan Gleeson shared their thoughts on what information investors seek when reading business plans.

With the first academy event a resounding success, the countdown is now on for the next one, which will take place on 23 July. Titled 'Navigating the world of funding', this totally free event is geared to helping you understand all of the funding options open to your business and giving you the insider info on how to access the one that's right for you.

Again, the evening will feature a fantastic line-up of speakers including ex Smarta 100 winner Sam Barnett whose start-up Struq recently raised £8.5m investment; Luke Lang, the founder of Crowdcube and also a Smarta 100 winner; investor Luke Hakes from Octopus Investments; and Gem Misa, another Smarta 100 winner and founder of salad dressings company Righteous, who has raised investment through Crowdcube.

For more information and to secure your FREE ticket, click here.

To enter your business into the Smarta 100, click here.

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