Matt Cox has been hearing from Leo Cubbin and Phil Gaskell, Co-Founders of Ripstone, a gaming company based in Liverpool, who explained why the city is the new place for tech hubs and what drew them to create their tech startup.
This week in Crowdfunders we're moving into the world of Reality TV. One of the stars of the 'Made in Chelsea' reality show, Jamie Laing, is now crowdfunding for a business he founded. We're also going to look at a firm called Rebus that raised more than £800,000 from investors last year on Crowdcube. Rebus has now gone bust so we'll ask whether these kinds of failure are an inevitable part of equity crowdfunding. And we're also going to talk to another private investor about his adventures as a lender on one of the big peer to peer lending platforms.
Oliver Pursche, CEO of Bruderman Brothers, joins us on the line from New York to discuss what to expect and look out for as Janet Yellen appears before Congress in the midst of ongoing global market turmoil
Anyone running a small or medium sized company is likely to face numerous challenges as they grow their business and raising money is one of the toughest. If the banks or even family members can't or won't lend the readies, then what are the alternatives? One possible option is to raise the finance through the Enterprise Investment Scheme...also known as EIS. Well one person with a first hand knowledge of EIS and how it works is Lord Howard Flight, the former Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury who now joins us in the studio.
The US President Barack Obama gave his reaction to the climate change deal brokered in Paris last December. Among the headline making initiatives was the promise to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius. Yet for some Green activists the deal was hardly a resounding success. Countries may be legally bound to have their emission reduction levels checked but there's flexibility on how they go about hitting their targets. And what about the economics of climate change? Did Paris make the link between excess human consumption and the impact on economies dependent on fossil fuels? Is it time to switch to a materialism that's environmentally friendly and economically kinder? We are joined in the studio by the author Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation and by Share Radio's regular economics commentator, Professor John Weeks.