Young Company Showcase 2014

  • 16 October 2014
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At the Young Company Finance conference last September, 18 early stage ventures participated in the Young Company Showcase 2014, taking exhibitor stands to engage with the delegates at the conference and explain their business propositions.

REAP Report published

  • 15 July 2014
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YCF's editor Jonathan Harris has been part of a Scottish team participating in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme over the past two years.

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  • 20 March 2015
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YCF Guide to Finance for Young Companies

  • 24 September 2013
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Why do young companies matter?

  • Gazelles and elephants

Some years ago, economist David Birch of research firm Cognetics Inc discovered the counter-intuitive fact that small businesses create more jobs than large ones.

He classified businesses in terms of wild animals. The large, publicly quoted firms that have shed millions of jobs over the past few decades are elephants. Small businesses that create jobs when they start up but then grow very little are mice. And fast-growing businesses that start small, then double in size and double again, are the gazelles. For the past several decades, the most effective job creators have been the gazelles and the mice.

This insight has been at the core of much public sector policy since then, and the recognition that starting and growing small businesses is crucial to the well-being of a modern economy has led to a raft of support measures and strategic initiatives.

Not all young companies turn into gazelles, but early stage investors are trying to identify those that might, often focusing on technology start-ups which promise ‘disruptive’ change in their markets.

This is the territory covered by Young Company Finance – we track and write about early stage companies with high growth potential, which have had or intend to look for external investment by business angels or VCs to help them realise their ambitions.

Young companies

  • Are you looking for investment?

On this website you can find details of investors who have actually put money into young Scottish companies over the past five years (see our Investors listing), and advice on how to select suitable investors to approach for finance.

You can also have your company included in our Companies seeking investment feature, and increase your chances of being spotted by an interested investor.

We have special subscription rates for young companies which have had or are seeking external investment, and would like to keep in touch with trends in the world of investors and investees – for details click here.


  • Are you looking for new investment opportunities?

Our Directory of young companies lists all the spin-outs and start-ups about which we have written in the past five years, with links to the articles in which they feature.

If you would like to keep track of who is investing in whom, our Deals Monitor gives a complete five year listing.

The full texts of all articles, and the full searchable Deals Monitor list, are available to premium subscribers – for details of subscription rates click here.

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