TIGA to host 2015 International Access to Finance Forum in February

By January 13, 2015 TIGA News

TIGA, the network for videogame developers and digital publishers is hosting its annual Access to Finance event on the 20th of February in central London. The event will help developers and publishers meet investors and improve their ability to secure funding.

Topics covered will include:

  • what investors are looking for in a game;
  • what investors are looking for in a team;
  • how to create a compelling pitch;
  • how to prepare financial forecasts and marketing plans; and
  • UK and international investment trends in 2015 and beyond.

New for 2015 is the inclusion of international speakers with live talks and Q&A sessions from San Francisco and Iceland. TIGA has secured 11 specialist videogame investors for the event, so as well as best practice advice and feedback, attendees will also get the valuable opportunity to actually pitch for funding for their game or project.

If you would like to register for a pitch slot please email Vanessa Joyce, TIGA’s Director of Business Development via vanessa@tiga.org and provide 500 words describing the project you would like to pitch and the approximate amount of funding you are looking for.

As with all TIGA events if there are any topics members or attendees would like covered in particular please do get in touch via vanessa@tiga.org and let us know. Your ideas and feedback are always welcome.

Event details:
Location: Central London, exact location TBC shortly
Date: 20th February 2015
Timing: 1pm – 6pm followed by networking and free drinks
Tickets: Free for TIGA members, £49 for non-members
TIGA’s previous Access to Finance events have been fully booked so attendees are politely asked to register here as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

Speakers for the 2015 International Access to Finance Forum include:

  • Tanya Laird, Digital Jam, – How to run a successful crowdfunding campaign and manage your audience
  • Helene Panzarino – Getting the most out of accelerator programmes
  • Travis Winstanley, & Derek De Filippo, Kuju Startups – New funding models for independent developers
  • Bala Kamallakharan, founder, Startup Iceland – The value of Data, Design and the Network for startups
  • Josh Levy, Mercia Fund Management – Early stage finance and startup investment models
  • Patrick Bradley, Station 12 – Raising investment for early stage games companies, an investor perspective
  • Enda Carey, Standfast Interactive
  • Ifti Akbar, Fuse 3
  • Shum Singh, Agnitio Capital
  • Tim Merel, Digi Capital
  • Kirsty Bell, Nyman Lisbon Paul

Dr Richard Wilson, CEO, TIGA, comments:

“Helping game developers and digital publishers connect with investors and develop the skills needed to improve their access to finance remains a core goal of TIGA.

“The 2015 International Access to Finance Forum will help TIGA members and all other attendees start the year well by tackling one of the biggest challenges facing UK games makers today – funding.

“Our roster of speakers continues to go from strength to strength and this year we will have excellent international expertise being shared to help attendees both realise and take advantage of the global opportunities the videogame industry provides.

“I hope that this important TIGA event will enable more games developers secure finance and successfully bring their games to market.”


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