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SEIS & EIS

SEIS and/or EIS advance assurance is key to closing your funding round. Two key legal documents must be submitted with your application. The great news is FounderCatalyst's advance assurance package is included within your legal funding round, at no extra cost.

What are SEIS and EIS?

SEIS and EIS are generous tax relief incentive schemes, offered by the UK Government to investors resident within the UK. They were set up by the Government to encourage investment into start-ups and early stage businesses.

SEIS stands for Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and is aimed at very early stage businesses. SEIS tax relief is more generous than EIS, to reflect that the investment is early stage with a higher risk. Businesses can receive a maximum of £250,000 through SEIS investments.

EIS stands for Enterprise Investment Scheme, is aimed at slightly later stage businesses and the tax relief is slightly less generous...but still great! Under EIS, you can raise up to £5 million each year up to a maximum of £12 million in your business' lifetime.

Your advance assurance journey in 4 steps

Produce

Produce your pitch deck and 3 year forecast.

Sign up

Sign up for your FounderCatalyst account and create your SEIS / EIS paperwork.

Submit

Submit to the FounderCatalyst experienced checking service.

Send

E-mail your submission pack to HMRC.

A company can apply for both SEIS and EIS schemes, if appropriate, at the same time. There is a good summary of SEIS and EIS and more detailed information available from HMRC - you should read this if you are serious about attracting investors under these tax relief schemes.

What is SEIS and EIS advance assurance?

Ordinarily, for investors to be able to invest under the SEIS or EIS schemes, your company needs to have advance assurance from HMRC. Essentially, you ask HMRC to agree that any investment in your company meets the conditions of the SEIS / EIS tax relief scheme(s). You then use advance assurance to “assure” investors that their proposed investment qualifies for the tax relief scheme, based on the information you provided to HMRC.

Why is advance assurance so important to founders?

Put simply, by having advance assurance you become a more attractive proposition to investors, dramatically improving your likelihood of a successful fundraise. Advance assurance makes you a lower risk investment and therefore more appealing, all due to the tax relief your investors can claim.

Why is advance assurance key to your investors?

It's all about tax relief and reducing risk. For EIS and SEIS, investors can get income tax relief of 30% and 50% respectively on money invested, and capital gain exemption on a sale of the company.

How can FounderCatalyst help?

We are not going to pretend that advance assurance is always a given. That is why the FounderCatalyst advance assurance package is proven to give you a great chance of submitting a successful application. The FounderCatalyst platform provides extensive documentation, including all of the necessary forms and a covering letter to HMRC, together with all of the required legal documents.

FounderCatalyst will help to prepare your (S)EIS HMRC application for advance assurance. We will review your pitch deck and forecast to give you a great chance of passing.

What is the FounderCatalyst checking service?

Once you have completed your advance assurance documentation using the platform, submit your submission pack to aa@foundercatalyst.com. We will review and inform you, on a non-advisory basis, if we think any documents or information is missing and offer suggestions on how to improve your application to HMRC. We aim to respond to you within 24 hours and our checking service has a 98% success rate.

How much does it cost?

The great news is FounderCatalyst's advance assurance package is included within your legal funding round as standard, at no extra cost (so, £1,495 exc. VAT). Most advisors will charge significantly more than this just to produce your funding round legal paperwork, so it really does save you time and money.

We prefer to be open and transparent, saving you time and money.

“FounderCatalyst has been absolutely superb in helping me navigate the SEIS/EIS advance assurance process. My business certainly was not vanilla in its application process, but they took the time to brainstorm the best way to conduct our application. The team always act in a very timely manner, with a knowledgeable understanding of the process. Certainly would recommend the FounderCatalyst to any start-up!”

Max Robins-Burnard - Sirius Cove Capital

CEO

Why can't I submit my advance assurance application before creating my legal paperwork?

As part of your advance assurance application, you must submit copies of your articles of association together with your subscription and shareholders agreement. Much of the information required to compete your legal documents is also required by HMRC during an advance assurance application. Therefore, your advance assurance application and legal paperwork need be to be completed at the same time.

So, rather than start by paying for your advance assurance separately and then having to pay for your legal paperwork on top, with FounderCatalyst the advance assurance package is included in your legal funding round price.

SEIS / EIS is key to getting your investors onboard.

What are the pitfalls when applying for advance assurance?

As with any HMRC scheme, there are many catches when applying for advance assurance. As you would expect, there is a lot more to do than just complete and submit a form.

When you apply for advance assurance, you will need to submit several supporting forms and documents to HMRC as detailed below.

Some key pitfalls to avoid:

  • Not answering all of the exam questions. Not fully answering each of the items in the checklist will result in a swiftly rejected submission.
  • Missing attachments. A minimum submission consists of 8 documents - missing any of these will also result in rejection.
  • Missing specifics. HMRC wants to know how much are you raising, when, and how will it be spent. It also needs to understand all sources of revenue.
  • Hinting at a short term exit. HMRC can be inconsistent on this point, but sometimes they object to a phrase such as "Aim to exit in 3 years via an acquisition" or similar, on the basis that this doesn't meet the SEIS aim of long term growth.
  • Not including details of two potential investors. This is easily forgotten, but these details are now mandatory with every submission.

If you fail to provide all of the requested information, it will at best lengthen the process and at worst result in your application being rejected.

How long will it take to get advance assurance?

As a best case, we have had a positive confirmation of advance assurance from HMRC within just 2 working days. HMRC ominously warns, however, that:

We aim to deal with 80% of correspondence within 15 working days of receipt. We aim to deal with 95% of correspondence within 40 working days of receipt.All enquiries are dealt with strictly on a date received basis. We will not reply to emails requesting an update for an enquiry that has been received and is currently within the 15 working day timeframe. And during Coronavirus this ‘don't chase' timeframe was extended to 45 days.

In short, apply for advance assurance as soon as possible to ensure that it doesn't delay closing your round.

What documents are required for an (S)EIS application?

An SEIS (and/or) EIS submission consists of documents that fall into four broad categories:

  • Documents created by you for your investors as part of the fundraising process, such as your pitch deck and 3-year financial forecast;
  • • Specific forms that HMRC requires you to complete as part of your submission;
  • Supporting documentation, such as a copy of your accounts, a copy of your memorandum of incorporation etc; and
  • Specific company documentation that FounderCatalyst produces for you, such as articles of association and subscription and shareholders’ agreement.

Our toolkit walks you through how to find find your supporting documentation and complete the HMRC forms.

Can you undertake an SEIS and an EIS round at the same time?

You can, but you need to be careful with timings to ensure that all SEIS investors complete their investment before the EIS investments start. In practice, this means: you must ensure that all of your SEIS investors pay for their shares and that you issue their share certificates, wait at least one day and then accept payment from EIS investors and issue their share certificates. Failure to follow this guidance could lead to either SEIS or EIS status being withdrawn from your company, so you should communicate these timings to your investors.

What our customers say about FounderCatalyst's (S)EIS assistance

  • We were referred to FounderCatalyst and told that they were good, but our advance assurance submission received a positive response from HMRC in 25 hours – that is better than good!

    Geoff Revill
    Co-founder & CEO
    Safe Space One
  • The FounderCatalyst platform streamlined our fundraising process, and the team helped us navigate a number of complexities to complete our funding round swiftly. We are now using the amazing ‘agile’ funding feature to top up the previous round over the next few months as and when

    Charlotte Morley
    Founder (and Dragons Den star!)
    thelittleloop
  • I’ve been told by another founder that SEIS / EIS advance assurance could take months – FounderCatalyst submitted our advance assurance on the 3rd of October 2023 and we received a positive response in just 24 hours

    Dr. Sameh El Sayed
    CEO
    Biotica Chemicals
  • FounderCatalyst have been excellent in supporting us with our first round of fundraising. The specialist knowledge of the team is exceptional, and the customer service is second to none. It has made what can normally be a painful process, simple. I would highly recommend to any fellow founders.

    Olly Rodriguez-Ballinger
    Founder and CEO
    YesRef
  • Founders always need external, expert support, and never more so than in the area of handling HMRC and SEIS/EIS. This is where the big learning curves come from, and you don’t want to get this wrong - it follows you for a long time. The team at FounderCatalyst are wonderfully human, knowledgable, accessible, experienced and focus on helping the Founder - the human.

    Kim Page
    CEO
    Isosconnect
  • FounderCatalyst has proved an outstanding solution for our fundraising efforts. Being new to the entrepreneur world and indeed that of raising investment, the FounderCatalyst platform takes all the headaches (and cost) out of the legal and admin side of the raise, so I could focus on communicating with our investors. The support received from the team was second to none and the instant build paperwork and cap table forecasting made the whole process incredibly organised and clear. While I may not be a fundraising novice anymore, I wouldn't hesitate to use FounderCatalyst again when the time comes for a future investment round.

    Barry Klipp
    Founder and CEO
    InterLnkd
  • I'm always happy to recommend FounderCatalyst to other founders - there's so much added value to being a customer! You become part of a great founder community, and Sam and his team are always on hand for support with any burning questions you have around fundraising and legals.

    Judy Leung
    Founder
    Sweqlink
  • This is the first time we have raised investment for Trove. It can be daunting to keep on top of all of the requirements and documentation. We are so happy to have the support of FounderCatalyst - their technology is user friendly for both founders and investors. Moreover the team are so responsive in supporting any questions. It is clear they understand founder needs having been successful entrepreneurs themselves. We would highly recommend FounderCatalyst and look forward to working together on future funding rounds.

    Felicity Beasley
    Founder and COO
    Trove
  • We moved to FounderCatalyst from their rival after our first round - the fee structure in FounderCatalyst suited us much better and the support provided by the FounderCatalyst team has been excellent. They have an automatic tool to import our CapTable and we were up and running within minutes. My next round will cost about a third on FounderCatalyst.

    Catherine Ann Reid
    Founder
    Doqit
  • I am a distiller of award-winning gins that are stocked in places like Harrods, but I know little about the funding paperwork and requirements.  FC helped me to efficiently produce my funding paperwork in 2 days and I got SEIS advance assurance in less than two weeks.

    Pete Lumber
    Master Distiller and Founder
    Lumber Distillers Limited
  • I joined FounderCatalyst and within an hour they had provided feedback on our pitch deck and forecast, built an SEIS/EIS advance assurance submission for us and then we submitted.  Within an hour - now that’s quality service and what a Founder needs!

    Oliver Weingarten
    CEO
    Summit Management
  • FounderCatalyst has been absolutely superb in helping me navigate the SEIS/EIS advance assurance process. My business certainly was not vanilla in its application process, but they took the time to brainstorm the best way to conduct our application. The team always act in a very timely manner, with a knowledgeable understanding of the process. Certainly would recommend the FounderCatalyst to any start-up!

    Max Robins-Burnard
    CEO
    Sirius Cove Capital
  • FounderCatalyst has created an impressively efficient and cost effective way of managing funding rounds.

    David Blayney KC
    Founder
    Associo
  • We're a startup that has been 25 years in the making. I was definitely sceptical that we'd get EIS so hats off to you, FounderCatalyst. EIS Condition B...Who knew?!

    Rob Pratt
    Founder
    The Other Person Consultancy, producers of Soakly
  • I wish I had met Sam earlier. I came across FounderCatalyst during a free webinar, Sam was so informative. This is my first funding round and Sam has made this process so easy. Help to understand the process, the rapid responses and attention to detail is excellent, even before I had committed. There was no time pressured 'special deal' deal on price, the pricing is really transparent and they do not take a percentage of your raise. The platform is easy to use and navigate, I have been able to invite my co-founder to the platform too. The templates and resources are also brilliant. Thank you Sam, I appreciate your support and we are excited for the journey ahead. Highly recommended.

    Louise Morgan
    CEO & Founder
    Socials
  • Such a super-easy to use platform. Opened and closed a round and received the funds within 48-hours! Also, the business owner Sam is knowledgeable and supportive in other areas such as applications for SEIS/ EIS and the cost is lower than any other alternative - I checked!

    Jamie Taylor
    Founder
    The Greener Greens Co
  • If you are an early-stage start-up founder looking for legal services to close your round, PLEASE do not look anywhere else. We were working with a legal firm and reached nowhere in 2+ months. A mentor recommended FC and I was able to close the legals in 10 minutes (that claim on the website is indeed true)! The platform, cost and community of founders for getting quick support is AMAZING. And the FounderCatalyst team are approachable and very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

    Kanu Batra
    Founder
    Speek Health Ltd
  • The FounderCatalyst platform helped us close our round in hours rather than weeks and they were so hands on and helpful all the way through the process. We were an early adopter of their SEIS1 compliance to SEIS3 certificate process and our investors received their forms in less than 2 weeks, and also commented on how ‘seamless’ the process was. Will definitely be using FounderCatalyst again!

    Johnny Lye
    Founder
    Overload Protein
  • The best investment we made was using FounderCatalyst for the legal work. It's really good value, the platform was easy to use and we had amazing support throughout from their CEO, Sam Simpson. I would absolutely recommend it to all founders!

    Guy Thurlow
    Founder
    Target Student
  • The Founder Catalyst the platform is brilliant. I was able to login, complete the questions and get to a draft Term sheet in record time. Excellent design.

    Ann-Marie Kinlock
    Founder
    KindHaus
  • As a first-time founder, the process of raising equity investment can seem like a complex puzzle. The FounderCatalyst platform has guided me through the process of generating investment documents, collecting signatures from investors, tracking funds and closing the round. When I needed that extra help solving the puzzle, the team were just an email away addressing queries with patience. Furthermore, they also simplified the mystical ritual of the S/EIS advance assurance application to make our investment opportunity shine even brighter.

    Gautham Krishnadas PhD
    CEO & Co-founder
    Dtime Limited
  • Our EIS time limit had expired and were looking for funding outside the EIS scheme. FounderCatalyst were really interested in the challenge and it was clear from our early conversations that they knew the intricacies of the various options. They identified KIC as a potential alternative for us and provided clear instructions and hands-on support with our KIC advance assurance submission. We received advance assurance within two weeks of our submission. I have no hesitation in recommending them to others.

    Andrew Jackson
    CEO
    ProReal Limited
  • FounderCatalyst is simply brilliant. Not only is the platform powerful & user-friendly; the team have a huge amount of real-world experience and go the extra mile to make your round a success. You'd be mad not to use it!

    Adam Collingburn
    Founder
    Wuzci
  • FounderCatalyst helped with a set of 13x individual queries from HMRC on a advance assurance submission we originally completed ourselves. They wrote a professional response letter answering the queries and HMRC replied with confirmation of advance assurance in just a few hours.

    Juan Altonaga
    Co-Founder
    Lulo Invest Ltd
  • Our experience using FounderCatalyst was quick and easy. FounderCatalyst have turned the onerous task of raising funds into an easy process for not only ourselves, but our investors too. I would recommend FC to anyone raising their seed round.

    Holly Gardner
    Founder
    Ēstra Home London Limited
  • We had a quote from SeedLegals for nearly £9k to do our ASAs and you offer amazing ASA templates and supporting documents for free. Genuinely crazy!

    Alex Simpson
    Founder
    Fuze applications
  • We have used FounderCatalyst to close two funding rounds, their whole team has been incredibly helpful. The SEIS advance assurance process was incredibly slick and the funding dashboard makes it easy to track which documents investors have signed. Their customer service has been unmatched with support every step of the way to answer any questions. Finally, our raise cost less than a 3rd of the price of their competition - amazing value!

    Myles Dickinson
    CEO & youngest person to be funded on Dragons Den
    Haze
  • I had little knowledge of the legal processes of raising investment. Our CCO recommended FounderCatalyst and we have both been very glad we chose this route. The FounderCatalyst team led us through the system personally and the online portal, including electronic document signing, was fantastic.

    Dr Nick Gompertz
    Founder and CEO
    EarSwitch
  • I sent FounderCatalyst my pitch deck and forecast model. They gave me feedback and then prepared a pack to submit to HMRC for EIS advance assurance. I was amazed that HMRC responded with confirmation of advance assurance before 9:15 the next working day!

    Sarah Cudmore
    Founder and CEO
    Homegrown Learning Ltd. Collage - The App for Home Schooling
  • FoundersCatalyst has been second to none in supporting our raise, with Sam and the team offering invaluable guidance to ensure a seamless round for us and our investors. In particular, their expertise in navigating complex SEIS/EIS compliance matters has saved us a significant amount of time and stress. I cannot recommend them enough to any startup currently fundraising.

    Jake Fieldsend
    Founder
    BikeBook
  • The whole experience of raising investment with FounderCatalyst has been exceptional. Having been a founder before and as Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Bath and SetSquared, I've experienced either first or second hand most ways of managing investment rounds, through crowd platforms to employing teams of expensive lawyers and advisors. I'd heard about FounderCatalyst and had always been intrigued. So, when it came time to raise our Seed round for Earswitch we thought it time to try them out. The system, simplicity and support made the whole process a doddle and we're now about to start our 4th round on the platform. Very highly recommended!

    Garry Pratt
    Co-Founder
    Earswitch
  • I've got a background in law, so I'm comfortable with the mechanics of a funding round. The FounderCatalyst service is unique though - they give you personal support and use their experience to guide you through the key decisions - something only exited founders and angels investors can provide.

    Jennifer Button
    Founder & CEO
    Emm Technology
  • FounderCatalyst was introduced to me by a former colleague whilst I was exploring personal investment opportunities in companies already using the FC platform. After a briefing with Sam Simpson, I decided to use the platform for my own start-up Soul Padel. The S/EIS process couldn’t have been easier and simpler to understand and Sam’s hands-on guidance was much appreciated throughout. We then launched our SEIS round with FounderCatalyst and being a first time founder, it was enormously helpful to have the structured guides, articles and the hugely beneficial community of founders to tap into. Not only that but the ecosystem of professionals associated with the FC platform enabled me to seek cost effective advice early. We recently closed our first round after securing investment from a single HNW individual, without the use of costly lawyers or lengthy complex negotiations. I can’t recommend FounderCatalyst highly enough. If you are looking to start your own business and raise investment, you need to start your process with FounderCatalyst. It’s much much cheaper than what you’ll find elsewhere but the best thing is, Sam as founder will be your friend, guide and mentor throughout. Nowhere else gives you that level of service. It’s so good, I’ve also invested in FounderCatalyst platform users because I know their governance and structure is sound and very well put together. It’s more than just a service, it’s a community.

    Mark Hewlett
    CEO
    Soul Padel
  • FounderCatalyst offer such an efficient, clear, and helpful process. They make all the clunky bits feel effortless with your help and bounty of free resources. Very grateful for FounderCatalyst.

    Sarah Muir
    CEO
    Palm & Pine Skincare
  • Agile is sliiiick!

    Alexander Wall
    Founder
    Hunch
  • FounderCatalyst is a must for ALL businesses looking to raise capital. As a qualified accountant even I struggle with the legalities, paperwork and even dealing with HMRC to obtain advance assurance. FounderCatalyst removes all these headaches and unlike their competitors the co-founders are always on hand to provide valuable support every step of the way. Quite simply they have become an invaluable 'department' of my business and I'm very grateful to be working with them.

    Nicholas Charles
    CEO
    Danti Holdings Limited
  • FounderCatalyst is not only a great platform but also a great community. I moved to FC after meeting founder Sam Simpson, and straightaway felt it was the right platform to support our needs - their service is fab, the fee structure is fair and transparent, and the platform is straightforward and easy to use. Sam himself is super engaged and responsive, and the FC WhatsApp group is a brilliant, collaborative and supportive community to be part of. Highly recommend!

    Zoe Rowsell
    Co-Founder
    Tern Eco Ltd
  • Our fundraising was anything BUT straightforward. Without the help from the team from FounderCatalyst, it very well might not have happened at all. There are other very good providers like this in the market, but none of them give the care and community that FC does. As the various wobbles and pitfalls came for us, it became clear we were in good hands. I not only recommend, I implore.

    Kristoff DuBose
    Founder and Director
    Rekreate Ltd
  • It was a pleasure working with FounderCatalyst. As of the first meeting, Sam was very involved in the whole process and made it very easy for us to get us investor ready faster than we could have ever imagined. We can only recommend the service and are about to use his services soon again.

    Lynn Rosenberger
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Vite
  • I had no idea about SEIS/EIS and the team clearly explained the process and took the hassle away by managing it end to end. They turned our deck and financial plan into an SEIS/EIS submission in less than a day and managed to get HMRC approval within two days enabling me to focus on my fundraise.

    Kath Clarke
    Founder and CEO
    BlckBx
  • Swift is an understatement: I joined the FounderCatalyst platform at 5pm and 4 hours later my pitch deck & forecast had been reviewed and my SEIS advance assurance was with HMRC.

    Julia Kemp
    Founder and CEO
    Pawpass
  • I am doing a funding round using another legal paperwork provider but hit an issue with our SEIS/EIS advance assurance being queried. I wasn’t entirely confident in the proposed response to HMRC and someone recommended I speak to the FC team. They helped me to improve my response and their support led to a positive response. Amazingly helpful and knowledgeable team, even for someone who wasn’t a customer. I've recommended them to colleagues already and will be switching to FC for our next round!

    Nicola Telford
    CEO & Co-Founder
    Views For Change
  • As a solo-founder and 'start-up newbie', the service, support, specialism and community that FounderCatalyst offers is invaluable. From formal paperwork completion to the 'Friendly Founders' WhatsApp chat, I just wish that I had joined sooner...

    Tom Reynolds
    Founder (and winner of The Pitch 2023)
    EdenFiftyOne
  • I turned to Sam at FounderCatalyst after being misguided by his competitors about eligibility for SEIS as an investor. I have spent three weeks emailing HMRC and my legal team and could not get a straight answer. Sam gave me a definitive explanation the following day. From now on I will be using FounderCatalyst for all my equity funding legal needs!

    Peter Slotwinski
    Investor
    Intra Drive Ltd
  • The whole experience from entering details and completing EIS advance assurance forms to signing the final legal documents was so simple and intuitive.

    Dr Thomas Bartley
    Founder
    Barbal Limited
  • I’m so glad I was introduced to FounderCatalyst. They are the absolute go-to team for SEIS Assurance and fundraising legal paperwork. Their advice is succinct, and any questions are answered quickly, usually within an hour which is incredible service. The FounderCatalyst community is super supportive. I’ve seen it grow tenfold in less than 12 months, I guess that says it all…

    Damian Williams
    Founder
    Damian Williams
  • Sam and the team at FounderCatalyst are the best in the business. From taking us smoothly (and speedily!) through the complicated SEIS/EIS advance assurance process and providing ongoing support, to creating an incredible and extremely supportive community for like minded founders going through the same process, I can’t recommend FC highly enough!

    Molly Aldridge
    Founder & CEO
    The JJ Club Group
  • FounderCatalyst were first class from start to finish. The help provided in navigating the minefield of SEIS/EIS advance assurance and fundraising legal documentation has been invaluable. They never tired of answered my questions enabling a smooth process for us founders and our investors in as far afield as Australia. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

    Stuart Rex
    Founder
    OMNI Money Solutions
  • We incorporated in 2000 and started trading almost immediately. We recently started looking to expand our business into new territories and needed an equity investment to facilitate that. Unfortunately, attracting angel investment in the UK is very hard without offering SEIS or EIS. We thought the ship had sailed until FounderCatalyst mentioned a little-known EIS provision known as Condition B. Long story short, the FounderCatalyst team successfully secured EIS advance assurance and we are now raising using that scheme.

    Stuart Lane
    Founder and Director
    Round Midnight Ltd
  • We closed our SEIS round thanks to FounderCatalyst! Amazing platform and as a result - experience for us and our investors. Thank you for making it happen!

    Kirill Primaka
    Co-Founder
    Stayf
  • I was super impressed: advance assurance submitted 03/06/24 and a positive response from HMRC the very next day

    Chris Rogers
    CEO
    ZoneAware
  • I was dreading the funding process as everybody told me that it's complicated. But with FounderCatalyst it has been very straightforward and I’m wondering what the drama is about?!

    Elliot Riley-Walsh
    Founder and CEO
    ValArt Ltd
  • Thank you for taking the guesswork out of a very complicated EIS situation and process. It was effortless for me because you made all the effort!

    Claire Tchaikowski
    Founder and CEO
    Human Milk Clothing
  • The FounderCatalyst team turned my advance assurance application around in just 2 working days and we had a positive response back from HMRC within a week. Their assistance with preparing my Investors Deck and forecast model was invaluable. We highly recommend using FounderCatalyst to other founders!

    David Ortega PhD
    Founder
    Phase Biolabs Ltd
  • All I can say is ‘WOW!’, the FounderCatalyst team provided copious assistance to prepare my SEIS and EIS advance assurance submission. HMRC replied the very next day with our advance assurance

    Chloe Sweden
    Founder and CEO
    The Green Shoot Inst. Ltd
  • Thank you to FounderCatalyst for making Investment easy and guiding us through all the legal steps required and answering all our queries so quickly. If you are a founder looking for SEIS and EIS approval, looking to understand where to find investors, or simply need support with the legal side of investment FounderCatalyst are the team to talk too.

    Matthew Walsh
    Co-Founder
    Modular Commerce Limited
  • FounderCatalyst were incredible in helping us close our SEIS round ahead of a tight deadline. They offered great 1-1 support through the entire S/EIS Advance Assurance and fundraise process. I couldn’t recommend Sam and the team more highly to any founders raising investment!

    Lauren O'Donnell
    Founder
    Oatsu
  • I had a really important meeting with an investor and had realised my cap table needed adjusting since we had made a few changes in the last few months. We had been using another platform for our documentation, but unfortunately, time was of the essence, and I needed something I could send on ASAP, I needed help with it and unfortunately, this was not something they could provide. My first thought was of Sam. I have known Sam for the last few years whilst building Bezzelle and knew that he was someone who could potentially save the day, I can confirm not only brilliant with all things funding, also a super nice guy too! Awaiting the outcome of the investment meeting but he has a new customer for our next funding round! (Sorry in advance for all my share related queries!)

    Heather Egan
    Founder
    Bezzelle
  • Sam was so helpful with my SEIS/EIS application, I would definitely recommend FounderCatalyst. Everything was done super quickly which was great for me as I had had imminent investor conversations that depended on my advanced assurance

    Georgia Bondy
    Founder (and Young Innovator Award Winner 22/23)
    Well Adapt
  • A big thank you to the FounderCatalyst team for all their help, particularly in light of literally moments before submitting for our SEIS advance assurance, HMRC totally changed the submission format and method. Their team didn’t miss a beat and sorted everything. We received our confirmation of advance assurance in less than a week. Delighted is an understatement!

    Paul Marchant
    Founder
    Stroli
  • FounderCatalyst was recommended to us by a trusted friend to help with our SEIS/EIS advance assurance before we opened our first investment round - and this was done at speed driven by the expertise of their team. The platform and team provided all the core information, legal documents and support needed to work with investors and the digital platform for investors to engage - and as a new startup this has been essential and has removed a lot of stress and worry in an area of the business new to us. Throughout the fundraising, FounderCatalyst has been there with endless support. I would fully recommend the FounderCatalyst service as a core part of your fundraising plans and process.

    David Bacon
    Founder
    Boom-Time
  • The process was incredibly easy, and it makes sense why this service exists for start-ups. I would highly recommend FounderCatalyst to anyone considering raising money and needing SEIS/EIS advanced assurance. Whilst it’s unnecessary because the platform is so slick and automated, Sam and the team are friendly and always available to help if investors have any questions. 10/10 service!!

    Miles Szabo
    Investor
    Quick Assist
  • The portal is excellent, it is making things much more straight forward than I imagined them to be.

    Will Bryan
    Founder
    Centre of Gears
  • I didn't fully appreciate how good the FC platform is...The Boost page, all the information, it's a real hub!

    Jay Laurence
    Founder
    Buzz
  • Founders seeking to raise equity finance - use this service! It is simple to use, reliable and secure, and provides unrivalled value for money. You're in complete control of your fundraising process and timescales.

    Jules & Charlie
    Founders
    The Nue Co
  • Sam and the team at FounderCatalyst have been integral in helping @Loha get investment ready. From advice on SEIS eligibility to pitch deck feedback they are very responsive and offer great support to help you reach your fundraising goals. The vibrant WhatsApp community of over 250 founders and investors is a godsend. Thank you FC!

    Gemma East
    Co-Founder
    Loha
  • FounderCatalyst has been fantastic - use this service!! We recently raised via CrowdCube and FounderCatalyst was very efficient at sorting out the legal paperwork, which removed all the stress from us. We are a new start-up and they made the legal processes of funding rounds incredibly easy to navigate. They sorted out our advance assurance in record speed. The team is incredibly knowledgeable (not only legal experts but exited founders) and they also have a great community on WhatsApp with other founders.

    Emma Horton
    Founder (and winner of James Watts @ Brewdogs "Next Unicorn" competition)
    Uncouth
  • The FounderCatalyst team were on hand every step of the way during the funding round. Unlimited support and entirely responsive. This really helped us closed the funding round swiftly.

    Shiv Misra
    Co-Founder
    Roots & Hoots
  • FounderCatalyst was incredible to work with from start-to-end for our pre-seed round. They were meticulous, prompt to reply, and handled numerous customisations. I've used other legal services and platforms which came up too expensive and prone to errors. FounderCatalyst is miles ahead in terms of service, value-for-money and legal expertise.

    Jaron Soh
    Co-founder & CEO
    Voda
  • Prior to working with FounderCatalyst, we had conducted the legalities of our first funding round via accountants and lawyers and found a real disconnect between the two. We reached out to FounderCatalyst for round 2 and couldn’t be happier with the service. They are on hand to personally deal with any requests or questions - there is a real accountability of the full process and depth of knowledge that you’re able to leverage. We would not go elsewhere for another round.

    Jake Hardy
    Founder
    Sokito
  • The intricacies of an equity raise are really niche and difficult to manage. Specifically, the legals that underpin the entire process aren't the sexiest part but are probably the most important. The team at FounderCatalyst ensured that everything was managed seamlessly with Seedrs. I felt in safe hands throughout the raise knowing that they were in the background, lining everything up from a legal perspective.

    James Higgins
    Founder (and Dragons Den star!)
    Ethical Bedding
  • FounderCatalyst could not have been more helpful and supportive throughout our SEIS process.They worked diligently to help us get advance assurance much faster than we thought was possible. They went above and beyond the basic advance assurance process, and played a crucial role in helping us to secure funding. I can not recommend FounderCatalyst enough.

    Dan Yates
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Greener World
  • FounderCatalyst was an excellent choice, we were delighted with the platform throughout our funding round. From term sheet, legals, due diligence to data room, the process was faultless, keeping deal momentum and presenting a professional interface to our investors.

    Neil Morris
    Co-Founder & CEO
    Kelpi
  • We submitted our advance assurance using FounderCatalyst 28th of May 2024 and had a positive response back by 10am on the 30th. Amazing!

    Mike Oaten
    Founder
    Tikos Technologies
  • We met FounderCatalyst through the Startup 2 Standup Community, and were immediately impressed with their proactive approach to supporting founders. Their guidance from the very start with the advance assurance submission to closing our initial tranche has been truly invaluable, combined with the auto-documentation and flexibility the platform gives you at every stage in the round, makes FC the best choice for pre-seed startups.

    Stuart McDonagh
    Co-Founder
    RoaRi
  • From clicking submit on our SEIS & EIS advance assurance 3rd June 2024 to a thumbs up from HMRC in less than 24 hours is wild. Thanks FounderCatalyst!

    Aalok Rai
    Founder
    Uplyft Wearables
  • I approached my first funding round as a naive, first time founder with more to learn than I realised. From day 1, the FounderCatalyst team gave their time, knowledge and guidance in abundance. All I can say is that I thank my lucky stars that our paths crossed - I consider myself incredibly fortunate. With FounderCatalyst, you know they genuinely care about the success of the people they work with. They have made the HMRC AA process for SEIS a breeze. They has helped perfect our pitch deck, sanity check our financials and get our ducks in a row for our funding round, as well as give us that all important optimism when things get bumpy. The FounderCatalyst platform gives me and our investors complete confidence in arranging legals. Thank you!

    Sam Lashenko
    Founder
    Bounz
  • My initial funding round has involved a foreign investor with stringent compliance procedures - this has resulted in lots of back and forth. The FounderCatalyst team were absolutely amazing going above and beyond the support with platform and explanation of various documents. They were always available to hold our hand to support with all the requirements and the custom inputs required to ensure our documents complied with the needs of the foreign investor. This was really no easy feat!!! I cannot thank the FC team enough as well as the supportive FC community for getting us through this.

    Rupa Ganguli
    Founder
    Inclusive Trade Limited
  • FounderCatalyst's services and support has been instrumental in guiding us through the intricacies of SEIS/EIS advance assurance and our legal paperwork, including clarifying the legal jargon. This has significantly contributed to our early stage growth.

    Taliesin Horton-Horsman
    Co-founder
    TouchImmersion Limited
  • I consider myself fortunate to be introduced to FounderCatalyst prior to our fundraise in October 2022. Having never raised funds before, working with FounderCatalyst was a perfect fit, the in-house expertise on SEIS/EIS was worth the fee alone coupled with the excellent easy-to-use platform and on-tap advice was great. In addition, a 'bonus' feature is being part of the Founder Catalyst group on WhatsApp which is a thriving community of fellow founders that share knowledge, experience, and general advice. A great platform, a great team, and a great community, highly recommended.

    Jim Holland
    Founder
    Carma
  • FounderCatalyst provided outstanding & much needed support for the ReBorn business, throughout our launch period. In particular, we secured both SEIS & EIS approval - successfully, speedily and more cost effectively thanks to their input. Thoroughly recommended.

    Brian Walmsley
    CEO & Founder
    ReBorn Homewares Ltd

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