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For 10 years I underwent a process of losing my hair while I sought finance for the (then) loss-making social business that I co-own with my brother. Between 1999 and 2009 we raised £3.5m of equity and £3m of debt to fund the growth of COOK.
The reason that it was a stressful process was that the business needed venture capital, but our social goals didn’t. Despite many discussions with VC funds, we could never align our respective objectives. We learned that their fund mandates required them to exit the businesses that they invested in, and this meant that by taking their capital we would put our company on a transaction ... ∞