The Birmingham Enterprise Community Podcast
BEC meets Iain Cockburn, Partner at Withers Worldwide
May 28, 2020 · 24 min
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BEC speak with Iain Cockburn, Partner at Withers Worldwide

This week Alex Balderstone, Venture Director at BEC speakers with Iain Cockburn from Withers on the state of funding, the Future Fund and the best recourse for tech start-ups in the current climate.  

About Iain Cockburn

Iain is a partner in the corporate team

He joined the firm from JAG Shaw Baker when they merged with Withers to create a new legal offering, Withers tech, in 2018.

Iain’s practice is focused on venture capital financings, advising VC firms, entrepreneurs and high-growth companies on investments at all stages of a company’s life cycle. In addition, Iain provides ongoing legal and strategic support to venture-backed companies, working closely with founders and management throughout the expansion of their business.

Iain has worked alongside Susanna Stanfield as part of the team that was involved in the publication of the British Venture Capital Association model form documentation for Series A financings and is responsible for the CPD programme for corporate and venture capital lawyers within the firm.

What is BEC? 🤔

Birmingham Enterprise Community
(BEC) is a community of emerging entrepreneurs and change-makers from across the Midlands that aims to
make the region one of the best locations in the world to set up and run a business
. Formed in 2019 after a group of enterprising students from all 5 Birmingham Universities came together to discuss ways of uniting their respective student communities, BEC looks to
create opportunities for individuals to develop as entrepreneurs and turn the ideas that they have for a startup or to make an impact into a reality.

BEC's main accelerator programme, FORWARD, is their 6-month comprehensive package of support for startups to enable growth and support the transition towards scale-up. BEC is now one of the leading accelerator programmes in the West Midlands region.


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