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Are you ready to pitch your startup to investors? Throughout this guide we explore the key criteria and documentation you should be considering prior to opening conversations with VC's and investors.
July 12, 2021
For Founders

Definitive Guide to Preparing for VC Funding | RLC Ventures

Are you ready to pitch your startup to investors? Throughout this guide we explore the key criteria and documentation you should be considering prior to opening conversations with VC's and investors.

Read More
We cover how to assess product-market fit and what types of systematic approaches you can take to achieving PMF. At the early stages of start-ups journey, it is vital to be gearing towards this goal.
June 17, 2021
For Founders

How to Assess Product/Market Fit

We cover how to assess product-market fit and what types of systematic approaches you can take to achieving PMF. At the early stages of start-ups journey, it is vital to be gearing towards this goal.

Read More
Over the last 10-15 years there has been an increasing number of acquisitions of European games companies ($17bn+). In this piece, we looked at which incumbents were most active here in Europe.
June 3, 2021
For Founders

Top 10 Most Active Games Acquirers in Europe

Over the last 10-15 years there has been an increasing number of acquisitions of European games companies ($17bn+). In this piece, we looked at which incumbents were most active here in Europe.

Read More
What is Capital Gains Tax Deferral Relief? How can Investors take advantage of this relief through the EIS scheme? In this piece, we break down exactly how the process works for UK investors.
May 24, 2021
Investors

What is CGT Deferral Relief?

What is Capital Gains Tax Deferral Relief? How can Investors take advantage of this relief through the EIS scheme? In this piece, we break down exactly how the process works for UK investors.

Read More
Who are the most active games investors in Europe? Which VC funds invest in Video Games? Who should you speak to if you are launching a gaming startup? This top 10 list showcases the most active VC's.
May 17, 2021
For Founders

Top 10 Most Active Games Investors in Europe

Who are the most active games investors in Europe? Which VC funds invest in Video Games? Who should you speak to if you are launching a gaming startup? This top 10 list showcases the most active VC's.

Read More
Getting investor calls in the diary can be hard, but we took a look at a few ways you can shift the power balance and have VC's knocking down your doors to speak to you about your startup.
April 27, 2021
For Founders

How to get Investors to Send Cold Emails

Getting investor calls in the diary can be hard, but we took a look at a few ways you can shift the power balance and have VC's knocking down your doors to speak to you about your startup.

Read More
Calculating Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) can be very simple, but many founders don't offer a true or fair reflection of this figure at times. We discuss the benefits of accurately calculating MRR.
April 16, 2021
For Founders

How to actually calculate MRR

Calculating Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) can be very simple, but many founders don't offer a true or fair reflection of this figure at times. We discuss the benefits of accurately calculating MRR.

Read More
RLC Ventures invests in early-stage companies changing the way we Play. With this is mind, the investment team wrote a high-level overview of the core trends that shaped the Video Games industry today
March 30, 2021
Perspectives

The History & Evolution of Video Games

RLC Ventures invests in early-stage companies changing the way we Play. With this is mind, the investment team wrote a high-level overview of the core trends that shaped the Video Games industry today

Read More
This article dives into how investors utilising the SEIS and EIS can claim carry back on their Investments, and benefit from previous tax years relief as well as current ones.
March 1, 2021
Investors

How Does SEIS/EIS Carry Back Work?

This article dives into how investors utilising the SEIS and EIS can claim carry back on their Investments, and benefit from previous tax years relief as well as current ones.

Read More
The RLC Ventures team take a look at the 5 most common reasons that startups are rejected by Venture Capital firms or Angel Investors when raising funding for their startups.
February 23, 2021
For Founders

5 Reasons VC's Reject Startups

The RLC Ventures team take a look at the 5 most common reasons that startups are rejected by Venture Capital firms or Angel Investors when raising funding for their startups.

Read More
Have a read of the RLC Ventures top book recommendations for understanding and demystifying Venture Capital. From Peter Thiel's classic to the technical 'Venture Deals' there's something for everyone.
February 11, 2021
Perspectives

Top 5 Books on Understanding Venture Capital

Have a read of the RLC Ventures top book recommendations for understanding and demystifying Venture Capital. From Peter Thiel's classic to the technical 'Venture Deals' there's something for everyone.

Read More
We spoke to investors at Episode 1, Augmentum Fintech and Techstars to talk about the potential trends for 2021 within Venture Capital. Read the article to see what they said.
January 28, 2021
Perspectives

VC Predictions for 2021

We spoke to investors at Episode 1, Augmentum Fintech and Techstars to talk about the potential trends for 2021 within Venture Capital. Read the article to see what they said.

Read More
Be sure you are able to invest in SEIS and EIS by checking whether you are eligible according to the UK government.
January 12, 2021
Investors

Can I Invest in (S)EIS Funds?

Be sure you are able to invest in SEIS and EIS by checking whether you are eligible according to the UK government.

Read More
We look at what an Angel Investor is, how you can find them and what questions you should be asking them once they are interested in investing in your company. What investments have they made before?
January 7, 2021
For Founders

How to Find Angel Investors for your Startup

We look at what an Angel Investor is, how you can find them and what questions you should be asking them once they are interested in investing in your company. What investments have they made before?

Read More
A review of the year 2020 at RLC Ventures. A strange year for many, but we were grateful to continue to do what we love which is back the best and brightest founders early on their journey.
December 20, 2020
Perspectives

2020 Wrapup: Year in Review at RLC Ventures

A review of the year 2020 at RLC Ventures. A strange year for many, but we were grateful to continue to do what we love which is back the best and brightest founders early on their journey.

Read More
Here is a list of over 100 questions that VCs and Investors could ask Founders in initial meetings. Being prepared as a founder/investor is extremely important.
December 8, 2020
For Founders

Top Questions VCs Ask Founders in Pitch Meetings

Here is a list of over 100 questions that VCs and Investors could ask Founders in initial meetings. Being prepared as a founder/investor is extremely important.

Read More
Looking for tax-efficient investment ideas? This guide explores our top 5 tax-efficient investment schemes and will help you decide which ones best fit your priorities and preferences.
November 26, 2020
Investors

Your Guide to Tax Efficient Investing

Looking for tax-efficient investment ideas? This guide explores our top 5 tax-efficient investment schemes and will help you decide which ones best fit your priorities and preferences.

Read More
Raising capital for your startup is always difficult. Finding ways to save is always necessary. Read on how to claim R&D tax relief, how it can propel your business and save you time and money
November 23, 2020
For Founders

R&D Startup Tax Relief

Raising capital for your startup is always difficult. Finding ways to save is always necessary. Read on how to claim R&D tax relief, how it can propel your business and save you time and money

Read More
It is looking as though the annual allowance on capital gains tax (CGT) in the UK is set to change in the coming months - we take a look at how this could play out for individual tax payers in the UK.
November 17, 2020
Investors

Is Rishi coming for your lunch?

It is looking as though the annual allowance on capital gains tax (CGT) in the UK is set to change in the coming months - we take a look at how this could play out for individual tax payers in the UK.

Read More
EIS and SEIS funds are managed investment vehicles, such as that of RLC Ventures, that enable individual investors to invest in a diverse portfolio of underlying EIS and SEIS eligible startups.
November 11, 2020
Investors

What is an EIS Fund?

EIS and SEIS funds are managed investment vehicles, such as that of RLC Ventures, that enable individual investors to invest in a diverse portfolio of underlying EIS and SEIS eligible startups.

Read More
Here is a list of the Top 25 UK Angel Investors. Have a read to see who has invested in what and where their sector focuses are.
November 11, 2020
Perspectives

Top 25 UK Angel Investors

Here is a list of the Top 25 UK Angel Investors. Have a read to see who has invested in what and where their sector focuses are.

Read More
Knowing what VCs look for when negotiating terms is key to having a successful outcome and not getting startled by any surprising terms. Read for an in-depth analysis of what you may need to know.
October 30, 2020
For Founders

What to look out for in VC Term Sheets

Knowing what VCs look for when negotiating terms is key to having a successful outcome and not getting startled by any surprising terms. Read for an in-depth analysis of what you may need to know.

Read More
An explanation to investors about how EIS Loss Relief works. Included in this blog is a worked example to simplify exactly how the process of loss relief works.
October 12, 2020
Investors

EIS Loss Relief Explained

An explanation to investors about how EIS Loss Relief works. Included in this blog is a worked example to simplify exactly how the process of loss relief works.

Read More
Applying for EIS/SEIS Advanced Assurance can improve the chances for founders to raise funding. Detailed in this post is what you may need to know when applying for the assurances.
October 12, 2020
For Founders

S(EIS) Advance Assurance Explained

Applying for EIS/SEIS Advanced Assurance can improve the chances for founders to raise funding. Detailed in this post is what you may need to know when applying for the assurances.

Read More
There's no need to restrict your startup funding options to only VCs or Angels. If you’re looking for an alternative way to raise capital, then crowdfunding or venture builders could be for you.
September 25, 2020
For Founders

Exploring Alternative Startup Funding Options

There's no need to restrict your startup funding options to only VCs or Angels. If you’re looking for an alternative way to raise capital, then crowdfunding or venture builders could be for you.

Read More
Claiming SEIS tax relief can be a complicated task. Here is a step by step guide to filling out the SEIS tax form.
September 22, 2020
Investors

Step by Step Guide to Claiming SEIS Tax Relief

Claiming SEIS tax relief can be a complicated task. Here is a step by step guide to filling out the SEIS tax form.

Read More
RLC Ventures have been shortlisted and won a number of awards in our short tenure as a fund. We are proud to be a part of fuelling the growth of early-stage UK start-ups and receiving recognition.
September 8, 2020
Investors

RLC Ventures Awards

RLC Ventures have been shortlisted and won a number of awards in our short tenure as a fund. We are proud to be a part of fuelling the growth of early-stage UK start-ups and receiving recognition.

Read More
A short step-by-step guide to building an investment-winning pitch deck. Oliver runs through Airbnb's original Seed pitch deck and shares some advice around building your own.
September 4, 2020
For Founders

Investor Pitch Deck Template

A short step-by-step guide to building an investment-winning pitch deck. Oliver runs through Airbnb's original Seed pitch deck and shares some advice around building your own.

Read More
You feel like you and your start-up are in the best position to raise capital – now what? Once you’ve made the decision to raise, there are a core set of questions you should consider.
August 14, 2020
For Founders

Decided to raise? 5 Quick Questions to Consider Now

You feel like you and your start-up are in the best position to raise capital – now what? Once you’ve made the decision to raise, there are a core set of questions you should consider.

Read More
Raising capital is a crucial part of your start-up journey. But before you explore your funding options, it's important you consider whether you're ready to raise capital. To help guide your thoughts
August 14, 2020
For Founders

Ready to raise capital? 5 key questions to consider

Raising capital is a crucial part of your start-up journey. But before you explore your funding options, it's important you consider whether you're ready to raise capital. To help guide your thoughts

Read More
The infrastructure and ecosystem built in the South-West region of the UK is leading to a rise in the number of successful start-ups being born in the region and we outline some of the reasons why.
August 14, 2020
Perspectives

Insights into the rise of tech start-ups in the South-West of UK

The infrastructure and ecosystem built in the South-West region of the UK is leading to a rise in the number of successful start-ups being born in the region and we outline some of the reasons why.

Read More
Voice technology has the ability to completely disrupt the way we live. Whilst we are years away from this, the application of voice in certain sectors is having a huge impact. This article takes a look at some of the sectors voice tech is impacting now and will impact in the future.
August 14, 2020
Perspectives

How Voice Tech is Disrupting Different Industries

Voice technology has the ability to completely disrupt the way we live. Whilst we are years away from this, the application of voice in certain sectors is having a huge impact. This article takes a look at some of the sectors voice tech is impacting now and will impact in the future.

Read More
The RLC Ventures team outline the 5 most important tips for founders when pitching UK Investors and Angels. 1. Take Fundraising Seriously, 2. Research 3. Open Multiple Conversations
July 1, 2020
For Founders

5 Tips for Founders Pitching Investors

The RLC Ventures team outline the 5 most important tips for founders when pitching UK Investors and Angels. 1. Take Fundraising Seriously, 2. Research 3. Open Multiple Conversations

Read More
RLC Ventures Associate, Oliver Kicks, provides some commentary and insight for founders when it comes to the realities of Venture Capital in a Post-COVID world.
July 1, 2020
Perspectives

The Realities of Being ‘Open for business’ in 2020

RLC Ventures Associate, Oliver Kicks, provides some commentary and insight for founders when it comes to the realities of Venture Capital in a Post-COVID world.

Read More
RLC Ventures list of EIS and SEIS funds allows potential investors to compare and contrast the tax relief offerings available in the UK.
July 1, 2020
Investors

List of EIS and SEIS Funds 2020/2021

RLC Ventures list of EIS and SEIS funds allows potential investors to compare and contrast the tax relief offerings available in the UK.

Read More
Definitive Guide to Preparing for VC Funding | RLC Ventures
July 12, 2021
For Founders

Definitive Guide to Preparing for VC Funding | RLC Ventures

Are you ready to pitch your startup to investors? Throughout this guide we explore the key criteria and documentation you should be considering prior to opening conversations with VC's and investors.

Read More
How to Assess Product/Market Fit
June 17, 2021
For Founders

How to Assess Product/Market Fit

We cover how to assess product-market fit and what types of systematic approaches you can take to achieving PMF. At the early stages of start-ups journey, it is vital to be gearing towards this goal.

Read More
Top 10 Most Active Games Acquirers in Europe
June 3, 2021
For Founders

Top 10 Most Active Games Acquirers in Europe

Over the last 10-15 years there has been an increasing number of acquisitions of European games companies ($17bn+). In this piece, we looked at which incumbents were most active here in Europe.

Read More
Top 10 Most Active Games Investors in Europe
May 17, 2021
For Founders

Top 10 Most Active Games Investors in Europe

Who are the most active games investors in Europe? Which VC funds invest in Video Games? Who should you speak to if you are launching a gaming startup? This top 10 list showcases the most active VC's.

Read More
How to get Investors to Send Cold Emails
April 27, 2021
For Founders

How to get Investors to Send Cold Emails

Getting investor calls in the diary can be hard, but we took a look at a few ways you can shift the power balance and have VC's knocking down your doors to speak to you about your startup.

Read More
How to actually calculate MRR
April 16, 2021
For Founders

How to actually calculate MRR

Calculating Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) can be very simple, but many founders don't offer a true or fair reflection of this figure at times. We discuss the benefits of accurately calculating MRR.

Read More
5 Reasons VC's Reject Startups
February 23, 2021
For Founders

5 Reasons VC's Reject Startups

The RLC Ventures team take a look at the 5 most common reasons that startups are rejected by Venture Capital firms or Angel Investors when raising funding for their startups.

Read More
How to Find Angel Investors for your Startup
January 7, 2021
For Founders

How to Find Angel Investors for your Startup

We look at what an Angel Investor is, how you can find them and what questions you should be asking them once they are interested in investing in your company. What investments have they made before?

Read More
Top Questions VCs Ask Founders in Pitch Meetings
December 8, 2020
For Founders

Top Questions VCs Ask Founders in Pitch Meetings

Here is a list of over 100 questions that VCs and Investors could ask Founders in initial meetings. Being prepared as a founder/investor is extremely important.

Read More
R&D Startup Tax Relief
November 23, 2020
For Founders

R&D Startup Tax Relief

Raising capital for your startup is always difficult. Finding ways to save is always necessary. Read on how to claim R&D tax relief, how it can propel your business and save you time and money

Read More
What to look out for in VC Term Sheets
October 30, 2020
For Founders

What to look out for in VC Term Sheets

Knowing what VCs look for when negotiating terms is key to having a successful outcome and not getting startled by any surprising terms. Read for an in-depth analysis of what you may need to know.

Read More
S(EIS) Advance Assurance Explained
October 12, 2020
For Founders

S(EIS) Advance Assurance Explained

Applying for EIS/SEIS Advanced Assurance can improve the chances for founders to raise funding. Detailed in this post is what you may need to know when applying for the assurances.

Read More
Exploring Alternative Startup Funding Options
September 25, 2020
For Founders

Exploring Alternative Startup Funding Options

There's no need to restrict your startup funding options to only VCs or Angels. If you’re looking for an alternative way to raise capital, then crowdfunding or venture builders could be for you.

Read More
Investor Pitch Deck Template
September 4, 2020
For Founders

Investor Pitch Deck Template

A short step-by-step guide to building an investment-winning pitch deck. Oliver runs through Airbnb's original Seed pitch deck and shares some advice around building your own.

Read More
Decided to raise? 5 Quick Questions to Consider Now
August 14, 2020
For Founders

Decided to raise? 5 Quick Questions to Consider Now

You feel like you and your start-up are in the best position to raise capital – now what? Once you’ve made the decision to raise, there are a core set of questions you should consider.

Read More
Ready to raise capital? 5 key questions to consider
August 14, 2020
For Founders

Ready to raise capital? 5 key questions to consider

Raising capital is a crucial part of your start-up journey. But before you explore your funding options, it's important you consider whether you're ready to raise capital. To help guide your thoughts

Read More
5 Tips for Founders Pitching Investors
July 1, 2020
For Founders

5 Tips for Founders Pitching Investors

The RLC Ventures team outline the 5 most important tips for founders when pitching UK Investors and Angels. 1. Take Fundraising Seriously, 2. Research 3. Open Multiple Conversations

Read More
What is CGT Deferral Relief?
May 24, 2021
Investors

What is CGT Deferral Relief?

What is Capital Gains Tax Deferral Relief? How can Investors take advantage of this relief through the EIS scheme? In this piece, we break down exactly how the process works for UK investors.

Read More
How Does SEIS/EIS Carry Back Work?
March 1, 2021
Investors

How Does SEIS/EIS Carry Back Work?

This article dives into how investors utilising the SEIS and EIS can claim carry back on their Investments, and benefit from previous tax years relief as well as current ones.

Read More
Can I Invest in (S)EIS Funds?
January 12, 2021
Investors

Can I Invest in (S)EIS Funds?

Be sure you are able to invest in SEIS and EIS by checking whether you are eligible according to the UK government.

Read More
Your Guide to Tax Efficient Investing
November 26, 2020
Investors

Your Guide to Tax Efficient Investing

Looking for tax-efficient investment ideas? This guide explores our top 5 tax-efficient investment schemes and will help you decide which ones best fit your priorities and preferences.

Read More
Is Rishi coming for your lunch?
November 17, 2020
Investors

Is Rishi coming for your lunch?

It is looking as though the annual allowance on capital gains tax (CGT) in the UK is set to change in the coming months - we take a look at how this could play out for individual tax payers in the UK.

Read More
What is an EIS Fund?
November 11, 2020
Investors

What is an EIS Fund?

EIS and SEIS funds are managed investment vehicles, such as that of RLC Ventures, that enable individual investors to invest in a diverse portfolio of underlying EIS and SEIS eligible startups.

Read More
EIS Loss Relief Explained
October 12, 2020
Investors

EIS Loss Relief Explained

An explanation to investors about how EIS Loss Relief works. Included in this blog is a worked example to simplify exactly how the process of loss relief works.

Read More
Step by Step Guide to Claiming SEIS Tax Relief
September 22, 2020
Investors

Step by Step Guide to Claiming SEIS Tax Relief

Claiming SEIS tax relief can be a complicated task. Here is a step by step guide to filling out the SEIS tax form.

Read More
RLC Ventures Awards
September 8, 2020
Investors

RLC Ventures Awards

RLC Ventures have been shortlisted and won a number of awards in our short tenure as a fund. We are proud to be a part of fuelling the growth of early-stage UK start-ups and receiving recognition.

Read More
List of EIS and SEIS Funds 2020/2021
July 1, 2020
Investors

List of EIS and SEIS Funds 2020/2021

RLC Ventures list of EIS and SEIS funds allows potential investors to compare and contrast the tax relief offerings available in the UK.

Read More
The History & Evolution of Video Games
June 23, 2020
Perspectives

The History & Evolution of Video Games

RLC Ventures invests in early-stage companies changing the way we Play. With this is mind, the investment team wrote a high-level overview of the core trends that shaped the Video Games industry today

Read More
Top 5 Books on Understanding Venture Capital
June 23, 2020
Perspectives

Top 5 Books on Understanding Venture Capital

Have a read of the RLC Ventures top book recommendations for understanding and demystifying Venture Capital. From Peter Thiel's classic to the technical 'Venture Deals' there's something for everyone.

Read More
VC Predictions for 2021
June 23, 2020
Perspectives

VC Predictions for 2021

We spoke to investors at Episode 1, Augmentum Fintech and Techstars to talk about the potential trends for 2021 within Venture Capital. Read the article to see what they said.

Read More
2020 Wrapup: Year in Review at RLC Ventures
July 1, 2020
Perspectives

2020 Wrapup: Year in Review at RLC Ventures

A review of the year 2020 at RLC Ventures. A strange year for many, but we were grateful to continue to do what we love which is back the best and brightest founders early on their journey.

Read More
Top 25 UK Angel Investors
July 1, 2020
Perspectives

Top 25 UK Angel Investors

Here is a list of the Top 25 UK Angel Investors. Have a read to see who has invested in what and where their sector focuses are.

Read More
Insights into the rise of tech start-ups in the South-West of UK
July 1, 2020
Perspectives

Insights into the rise of tech start-ups in the South-West of UK

The infrastructure and ecosystem built in the South-West region of the UK is leading to a rise in the number of successful start-ups being born in the region and we outline some of the reasons why.

Read More
How Voice Tech is Disrupting Different Industries
July 1, 2020
Perspectives

How Voice Tech is Disrupting Different Industries

Voice technology has the ability to completely disrupt the way we live. Whilst we are years away from this, the application of voice in certain sectors is having a huge impact. This article takes a look at some of the sectors voice tech is impacting now and will impact in the future.

Read More
The Realities of Being ‘Open for business’ in 2020
June 23, 2020
Perspectives

The Realities of Being ‘Open for business’ in 2020

RLC Ventures Associate, Oliver Kicks, provides some commentary and insight for founders when it comes to the realities of Venture Capital in a Post-COVID world.

Read More