troys wrote:Does anyone here have any experiences applying for grants and/or venture capital and/or loans from SPRING? I am putting together an application and would appreciate if someone can share some experiences, if not on the public board then by pm.
Yes I do, but it depends on many factors, like understanding the actual needs of your business, and the objectives which could be one of many, and for that, you will probably have to consult a specialist team involved in delivering the goods.
They just don't allocate grants to businesses, that believe they can do it themselves unless they have the qualifications to do it. So the specialist consultant in the area in which you want the grant, should apply for the grant, simply because it includes their consultancy fees, if that makes sense though i feel the rule will stipulate your own business can apply for the grant nominating the consultant, if it's not done correct they will not approve it or give reason.
If you could give me more detail, I may be able to guide you further. What is it you actually want, you can PM me if you like, though it restricts everyone else seeing the results, that maybe useful to them too, my speciality is export risk assessment, market penetration, branding, and marketing, though it is all outsourced, to the right people within the budget available. Knowing you are getting good value for money, my biggest headache is banging my head against a wall.
My advice would be, to spend as little as possible, until you take a sparing partner, there are good and bad in the industry, so don't jump into the first one. Make yourself a check list. I've met a few of these consultants and some of them are very very professional MNC and really that's probably what you need but i come cheaper
Only kidding I'm retired but i can give free advice, which i normally do for start ups. Where are you from?