Go Fund Yourself? Funding and the Future of High Growth Startups in the Leeds City Region, 29 February 2024


The Leeds Social Sciences Institute (LSSI) and the Horizons Institute are hosting this interactive workshop on Thursday 29th February 2024, at The University of Leeds.  Connecting business leaders and decision makers within the investment landscape in the Leeds City Region.  Highlighting investment opportunities for high growth start-ups, the workshop seeks to propose evidence-based solutions to build and scale up place-based funding support. 

Since the onset of COVID-19, recent empirical evidence has revealed substantial funding gaps across various regions within the UK. This, as a result, hindered start-ups from scaling up their operations, created further barriers to entering foreign markets, and contributed to the productivity conundrum facing the UK.  

The workshop aims to address three integral questions:  

  • What are the changes in the funding landscape for high growth start-ups after the COVID pandemic? 
  • How the start-up funding gaps can be effectively tackled? 
  • What kinds of policies are needed to build place-based funding support for local start-ups?  

The workshop will be a valuable opportunity for networking and collaboration for ambitious founders and investors to further build a dynamic investment landscape in the Leeds City Region. If you have an interest in, or are looking to engage in these matters, or represent an organisation actively involved, we encourage you to register for the event here.  

For further information, please contact Sherif Youssef, Partnerships and Engagement Officer, Leeds Social Sciences Institute on  


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