Serial entrepreneur to share secrets of finding angels

Serial entrepreneur Sarah McVittie is to share her secrets of attracting investment with the North East’s CEOs of tomorrow.

Sarah, dubbed one of the top 35 women under 35 by the Times is now running her second venture, fashion and styling service Dressipi, after selling the multi-million pound mobile phone service business Textperts that she founded aged 25 in 2003 at the end of 2008 to kgb giant 118118.

North East entrepreneurs and businesses seeking to secure investment for their own ventures have the opportunity to hear from Sarah during a Routes to Investment workshop, being run by Newcastle Science City and North East Access to Finance and a lunch hosted by Girl Geeks Limited, about how she raised £2.5million from investors.

The free workshop, sponsored by Muckle LLP, is to be held on Thursday, April 14 at Muckle’s premises at Time Central, Gallowgate, Newcastle, and is part of a series of events aimed at getting businesses investor-ready. As well as gaining a personal insight from Sarah, attendees will hear from experts in management controls and governance to help them formulate their business plan in preparation for pitching to business angels or venture capitalists.

The workshop will run from 8.30am to 2pm and will include a lunch with Sarah. The lunchtime event is free to Girl Geeks members and those attending the workshop but is also open to others at a £10 charge.

Estelle Chatard, new business and investments director at Newcastle Science City, said: “This is the first time Sarah has visited the North East and the two events provide a superb opportunity for the region’s entrepreneurs to learn from her outstanding experience.”

‘Queen of startups’ Bindi Karia will be the headline speaker at the final of the five workshops in the series, on Wednesday, May 4. 

To register for either of the workshops and/or lunch, contact Michelle Blow at HFPR Ltd on 0191 285 7100 or via email at [email protected]

About Sarah McVittie

After a brief career as a city analyst, Sarah founded Texperts (originally 82ASK), a quick text question and answer service for mobile phones, in 2003. Texperts allows anyone in the UK with a mobile phone to get his or her question answered by texting a question to UK number 66000. Texperts then uses a combination of innovative internet technology and human resources to send users the answer to their questions.

Since the service launched in 2003, Sarah not only raised £2.5m from investors, while ensuring that its service could operate across all UK mobile networks, she also collected a host of prizes for her innovative idea and business. In 2007 Texperts won the Innovative Company of the Year prize at the Real Business/CBI Growing Business Awards and the National Business Award for Best Use of Technology for it. In 2008 Sarah she was runner up in the ‘rising star’ category of the Media Guardian awards and won the “Businesswoman of the Year” award at the Cambridge Evening News Business Excellence Awards.