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Masterclass: Crowdfunding – Accessing and maximising finance

6 December, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Vision West Nottinghamshire College and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) are working together on an exciting series of free insight and masterclass sessions.  These events are all themed around business innovation, success and development.  They also provide the opportunity to network. 

Introduction to Masterclasses

The masterclass sessions typically run from around 10-4 and are delivered by business experts.  In addition, there is the opportunity for networking over lunch which is provided.  These sessions run monthly from May to December 2017 in the new university centre on the college’s Derby Road campus. Each session covers a different topic and is often preceded by breakfast insight taster sessions. What’s more, since these are part-funded through ERDF, attendance at these events is completely free.

Masterclass Content

This workshop is designed for SMEs and will explore in detail how to setup, coordinate and complete a successful crowdfunding campaign.  This session is a follow-on from our Insight Breakfast in October which acted as an introduction to the topic.  Previous and new attendees are welcome to attend.

We will take you through the process from start to finish.  Along the way we will explain how you can keep momentum during your campaign, use social media effectively to promote your campaign, give examples of successful and unsuccessful campaigns and guide you towards the most suitable platforms to boost your chances of success in this increasingly popular method of project funding.

The agenda

  • 9:45am – Registration and refreshments
  • 10:00 – Event commences
  • 11:30 – Refreshment break
  • 12.30 – Networking lunch
  • 1:10 – Session continues
  • 2:15pm – Refreshment break
  • 3:15pm – Session ends

Expert speaker

Our expert speaker will be Anne Strachan of Crowdfund UK.  Anne has 20 years’ experience working as a trainer and fundraiser, working on project development, fundraising, business modelling, creativity and innovation.  She has raised over £1 million from trusts, government and EU sources.  Furthermore, she has been running workshops on crowdfunding since 2012 and does them for all types of businesses and charity/voluntary sectors.

Feedback from Anne’s sessions:

“An exciting introduction to a dynamic fundraising method – highly recommend.”
“I learned more about funding and social media than in any previous workshops I’ve been to.”
“Thanks for such a brilliant workshop. You had high energy and were excited about crowdfunding – the rest of us became so too.”
“Thank you so much for the workshop – you were brilliant and really inspiring!”

Further information

Places are limited and this event is bound to be popular so remember to secure your place quickly.  So, if you would like to attend this event, please register your interest now.  Should you require any further information about this event before booking your place, please contact Lianne Stevenson from the Enabling Innovation team on 0115 848 8903.

You can also find more information on the Insight breakfast and masterclass programme here.

If you would like to know more about NTU’s enabling innovation programme, visit their dedicated webpage, telephone 0115 848 8899 or contact them by email.


This event is free to attend, but attendees must register in advance. In order to attend this event you must be eligible for support from the Enabling Innovation Programme, which supports SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Enabling Innovation is a three-year collaboration between Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham, and the University of Derby to support SMEs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to innovate. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).


6 December, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Nottingham Trent University


West Nottinghamshire College
Derby Road
Mansfield, NG18 5BH United Kingdom
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01623 627191


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