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Young Company Showcase 2017 - Fourteen emerging businesses took exhibitor places at the YCF Annual Conference in September - read more about them in the Showcase brochure (24/10/17) ...more
Role Models - The first of YCF's monthly series featuring entrepreneurs still growing their companies, who are role models for those just starting out, and willing to give information and advice, have been compiled into a document which can be downloaded here. (07/06/17) ...more
Book review: Financial Management for Technology Start-ups - YCF readers save 20% when ordering this new book online - details at the end of the review (18/08/17) ...more
Getting to exit: trade sales - The speaker's slides from the YCF Annual Conference on 15th September 2017 are now available (24/10/17) ...more
Getting to exit: trade sales - YCF 15th annual conference
Friday 15th September 2017, 09:00 to 16:30
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh
(30/01/17) ...more
Sample copy of YCF - For further information about taking out a subscription to YCF, please email sales@ycf.co.uk (20/03/15) ...more
YCF Guide to Finance for Young Companies 2nd Edition - Find the updated and improved version of the Guide with listings of potential investors in Scottish enterprises and other bodies that will help in your young business growth. (21/09/15) ...more
Young Company Showcase 2016 - Ten emerging businesses with high growth prospects were featured at YCF's annual conference in September. The Showcase brochure can be downloaded here. (25/10/16) ...more
Guide to Networking for Entrepreneurs - Not just some advice and guidance, but also listings of 50 organisations with networks which could help early stage entrepreneurs! (06/08/15) ...more
Young Company Showcase 2014 - 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. (16/10/14) ...more
YCF Guide to Finance for Young Companies - The website version of YCF’s Guide to Finance for Young Companies is available at www.ycfguide.co.uk (24/09/13) ...more
New Start Scotland - YCF was an exhibitor at New Start Scotland on 13/14 November in Glasgow. The slides from our presentation at this event can be downloaded here. (15/11/14) ...more
Horizon 2020's SME Instrument - The European Commission has prepared an infographic which explains its programme for selecting potentially disruptive businesses to invest in and support (16/10/14) ...more
Increasing Innovation-driven Entrepreneurship in Scotland - YCF's editor has been part of a Scottish team participating in the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme over the past two years. Download the team's Report here.
(30/06/14) ...more
Download a sample copy of YCF! - This illustrates the typical coverage and style of our monthly publication tracking early stage companies in Scotland. (18/12/12) ...more
Young Company Showcase 2013 - Eight young companies were exhibitors at the YCF Annual Conference this year, and the Showcase publication describing their businesses can be downloaded here. (24/09/13) ...more
YCF Annual Conference 2013 - speakers' slides - The slides from the presentations at this year's conference 'Starting and growing innovation-based businesses' are now available for download. (24/09/13) ...more
The Risk Capital Market in Scotland 2009-2011 - This study into the Scottish risk capital market was carried out by Jonathan Harris of Young Company Finance and Professor Colin Mason of the University of Glasgow and is the fourth such report in a series dating back to 2001. Download the full report here. (18/12/12) ...more
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LINC and YCF join forces
02 February 2011
LS Ventures, LINC’s new commercial subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Young Company Finance to license all YCF’s activities in Scotland.
These include the monthly publication Young Company Finance, the website www.ycfscotland.co.uk, and the popular annual conference now in its ninth year.  As part of the agreement, YCF’s editor Jonathan Harris is appointed Director of Research and Communications at LINC Scotland.
 
The deal brings together two organisations which have been at forefront of the early stage high growth company sector in Scotland over many years as independent observers and supporters.  LINC is keen to be responsive to the wider context in which business angels operate, and help its members to understand and connect effectively with other early stage funders.  YCF brings this wider perspective to LINC, as well as a business research capability which will assist LINC in developing its plans for extending its scope.  In turn, YCF will benefit from the guidance and support of LINC’s board, and from additional administrative resource.
Both parties to the agreement are intent on maintaining their impartial and commercial focus.  LINC is itself a private sector non-profit and does not act as investment adviser to any party but rather plays an underlying 'soft infrastructure' role in supporting the development of the business angel marketplace and representing members' interests at Scottish, UK and International levels.  Its new LS Ventures subsidiary gives LINC the vehicle to extend its commercial activities to meet future opportunities in the wider early stage investment context.
 
YCF has always been a wholly commercial operation, generating its income mainly from subscriptions to the monthly publication and from delegate fees and sponsorship for the annual conference, as well as some consultancy and research fees.
YCF was started in March 1998 by entrepreneur and corporate financier Gavin Don, now Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Research.  Jonathan Harris acquired the business in 2000, and has built it to include special reports on industry sectors (to date covering Life Sciences, Digital Entertainment, and Renewable Energy), the annual conference, and the consultancy and research services.
 
YCF’s annual conference this year will be held on Thursday 15th September at the Stirling Management Centre, with the theme Profiting from innovation.  The event has proved popular, having been fully booked on every occasion since its first year.  As the first fixture in the sector after the summer break, it is particularly welcomed for its excellent networking opportunities, and delegates - entrepreneurs, investors, advisers, academics and others – have also enjoyed the mix of presentations, from young companies, investors, and analysts, all tackling a broad theme from different angles.  

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