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November 23, 2020
For Founders

R&D 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
November 17, 2020
Seed Weekly

🔍 Silicon Valley Investing in Armenia and Europe in Laos

This edition of Seed Weekly saw a $10m seed round in Nigeria as well as the first appearance from an Armenian startup, Podcastle.

Read More
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
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
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
November 6, 2020
News

October Newsletter

Another new investment announced, our team moderating pitching events, attending numerous (digital) events and some exciting portfolio updates to inform you about! November isn't looking any quieter.

Read More
November 3, 2020
Seed Weekly

Is Covid transforming the European Seed Landscape?

The last couple of weeks in the UK saw plenty of D2C startups secure funding, alongside Mental Health and Events Platforms - it would seem Covid is really transforming UK startup funding?

Read More
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
October 20, 2020
Seed Weekly

Dev Ops Startups 'In Vogue' this October

Plenty of Dev Ops Startups this October and a bunch of interesting rounds across UK, France, Germany and Israel. Make sure you subscribe within to get these updates as soon as they are sent.

Read More
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
October 12, 2020
News

September Newsletter

September has been super busy! One of our portfolio companies BettingMetrics has been acquired by GameLounge. Our website has been fully re-done! We've started a podcast and much more!

Read More
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
October 7, 2020
Seed Weekly

Super Seed rounds in Indonesia & Netherlands 🥶

This edition of Seed Weekly covers startup funding rounds across Europe and Asia, with some rather large rounds in the mix. A mix of startups, including sexual health, fintech, Food and many more...

Read More
September 29, 2020
News

RLC Ventures Portfolio Company Bettingmetrics Acquired

RLC Ventures Portfolio company Bettingmetrics was acquired by Malta-based Game Lounge in Q1 of this year (2020). RLC were the sole investors and backers of this company, from Idea to Exit.

Read More
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
September 25, 2020
News

Why we invested in Condense Reality

RLC Ventures are delighted to have completed our investment in Condense Reality and support them on their mission to bring Volumetric Video and immersive media experiences to the masses.

Read More
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
September 22, 2020
Seed Weekly

Seed Weekly - What do you know about the Estonian Startup Scene?

Why Estonia? One of the world's most digitally-advanced societies, in 2005 Estonia became the first state to hold elections over the Internet, and in 2014, the first state to provide e-residency.

Read More
September 8, 2020
News

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
September 7, 2020
News

August Newsletter

August was another busy month at RLC Ventures! Read more about where we have been and where we will be in the coming month. Be sure to take a look at what we've been reading, listening and watching.

Read More
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
August 25, 2020
Seed Weekly

Seed Weekly - ⛔ No Seed Rounds in France or Spain - Asia Busy

Over 10 rounds across 10+ countries covered in this weeks edition of Seed Weekly. 🇯🇵 BeaTrust is a Tokyo-based collaboration and employee connection software targeted at large enterprises. 🇬🇧 Riff raised a modest seed from Balderton Capital, Seedcamp and UK founder/angel investors.

Read More
August 24, 2020
Seed Weekly

Seed Weekly - European Funding Roughly Halved 😱

This week's highlights: 🇫🇷 Klassroom is building a remote-first learning platform for parents and educators. 🇬🇧 Lick raises from Felix Capital for its D2C paint and wallpaper offering. 🇩🇪 DGG is a deep tech SaaS, building 3D Model Compression technology out of Berlin.

Read More
August 14, 2020
For Founders

Decided to raise? 5 Quick Questions You 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 we think you should spend some time thinking about before you set out on your fundraising journey.

Read More
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
August 14, 2020
Perspectives

Tech in the South-West is on the Rise

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. We outline some of the reasons why the South-West is having this success as well as the key players within the eco-system.

Read More
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
August 14, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Workscope

We are delighted to welcome Workscope to the RLC Ventures portfolio. Workscope is an AI-driven SaaS platform that helps companies understand and manage their spreadsheets. As with all of our investments, we like to write a quick note summarising what got us excited about this team and opportunity.

Read More
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 4. Less can be more 5. Tax Efficient Investing.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

RLC Ventures July 2020 Wrapup

It has been a busy month for the RLC Ventured team. In this Edition we cover; welcoming Organise to our portfolio, a new addition to our core team, panel appearances and a sneak peak on our new branding!

Read More
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
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
July 1, 2020
News

RLC Ventures June 2020 Wrapup

Get the rundown on what happened this June at RLC Ventures. Last month we had our Summer Interns join, as well as a new addition to our advisory board. You can subscribe to our newsletter in the website footer.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Organise

Organise is the digital platform built to protect workers rights. As with all of our investments, we like to write a quick note summarising what got us excited about this team and opportunity.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Labworks

Labworks is developing the worlds leading studio for voice games. As with all of our investments, we like to write a quick note summarising what got us excited about this team and opportunity.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Scribeless

We are excited to see Scribeless become a part of the RLC Ventures portfolio. Scribeless is an automated handwritten letter software, enabling businesses and users to send handwritten letters at scale

Read More
November 6, 2020
News

October Newsletter

Another new investment announced, our team moderating pitching events, attending numerous (digital) events and some exciting portfolio updates to inform you about! November isn't looking any quieter.

Read More
October 12, 2020
News

September Newsletter

September has been super busy! One of our portfolio companies BettingMetrics has been acquired by GameLounge. Our website has been fully re-done! We've started a podcast and much more!

Read More
September 29, 2020
News

RLC Ventures Portfolio Company Bettingmetrics Acquired

RLC Ventures Portfolio company Bettingmetrics was acquired by Malta-based Game Lounge in Q1 of this year (2020). RLC were the sole investors and backers of this company, from Idea to Exit.

Read More
September 25, 2020
News

Why we invested in Condense Reality

RLC Ventures are delighted to have completed our investment in Condense Reality and support them on their mission to bring Volumetric Video and immersive media experiences to the masses.

Read More
September 8, 2020
News

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
September 7, 2020
News

August Newsletter

August was another busy month at RLC Ventures! Read more about where we have been and where we will be in the coming month. Be sure to take a look at what we've been reading, listening and watching.

Read More
August 14, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Workscope

We are delighted to welcome Workscope to the RLC Ventures portfolio. Workscope is an AI-driven SaaS platform that helps companies understand and manage their spreadsheets. As with all of our investments, we like to write a quick note summarising what got us excited about this team and opportunity.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

RLC Ventures July 2020 Wrapup

It has been a busy month for the RLC Ventured team. In this Edition we cover; welcoming Organise to our portfolio, a new addition to our core team, panel appearances and a sneak peak on our new branding!

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

RLC Ventures June 2020 Wrapup

Get the rundown on what happened this June at RLC Ventures. Last month we had our Summer Interns join, as well as a new addition to our advisory board. You can subscribe to our newsletter in the website footer.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Organise

Organise is the digital platform built to protect workers rights. As with all of our investments, we like to write a quick note summarising what got us excited about this team and opportunity.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Labworks

Labworks is developing the worlds leading studio for voice games. As with all of our investments, we like to write a quick note summarising what got us excited about this team and opportunity.

Read More
July 1, 2020
News

Why We Invested in Scribeless

We are excited to see Scribeless become a part of the RLC Ventures portfolio. Scribeless is an automated handwritten letter software, enabling businesses and users to send handwritten letters at scale

Read More
November 23, 2020
For Founders

R&D 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
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
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
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
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
August 14, 2020
For Founders

Decided to raise? 5 Quick Questions You 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 we think you should spend some time thinking about before you set out on your fundraising journey.

Read More
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
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 4. Less can be more 5. Tax Efficient Investing.

Read More
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
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
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
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
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
November 17, 2020
Seed Weekly

🔍 Silicon Valley Investing in Armenia and Europe in Laos

This edition of Seed Weekly saw a $10m seed round in Nigeria as well as the first appearance from an Armenian startup, Podcastle.

Read More
November 3, 2020
Seed Weekly

Is Covid transforming the European Seed Landscape?

The last couple of weeks in the UK saw plenty of D2C startups secure funding, alongside Mental Health and Events Platforms - it would seem Covid is really transforming UK startup funding?

Read More
October 20, 2020
Seed Weekly

Dev Ops Startups 'In Vogue' this October

Plenty of Dev Ops Startups this October and a bunch of interesting rounds across UK, France, Germany and Israel. Make sure you subscribe within to get these updates as soon as they are sent.

Read More
October 7, 2020
Seed Weekly

Super Seed rounds in Indonesia & Netherlands 🥶

This edition of Seed Weekly covers startup funding rounds across Europe and Asia, with some rather large rounds in the mix. A mix of startups, including sexual health, fintech, Food and many more...

Read More
September 22, 2020
Seed Weekly

Seed Weekly - What do you know about the Estonian Startup Scene?

Why Estonia? One of the world's most digitally-advanced societies, in 2005 Estonia became the first state to hold elections over the Internet, and in 2014, the first state to provide e-residency.

Read More
August 25, 2020
Seed Weekly

Seed Weekly - ⛔ No Seed Rounds in France or Spain - Asia Busy

Over 10 rounds across 10+ countries covered in this weeks edition of Seed Weekly. 🇯🇵 BeaTrust is a Tokyo-based collaboration and employee connection software targeted at large enterprises. 🇬🇧 Riff raised a modest seed from Balderton Capital, Seedcamp and UK founder/angel investors.

Read More
August 24, 2020
Seed Weekly

Seed Weekly - European Funding Roughly Halved 😱

This week's highlights: 🇫🇷 Klassroom is building a remote-first learning platform for parents and educators. 🇬🇧 Lick raises from Felix Capital for its D2C paint and wallpaper offering. 🇩🇪 DGG is a deep tech SaaS, building 3D Model Compression technology out of Berlin.

Read More
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
July 1, 2020
Perspectives

Tech in the South-West is on the Rise

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. We outline some of the reasons why the South-West is having this success as well as the key players within the eco-system.

Read More
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
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