A startup accelerator within your own company
Colbridge professionals are seasoned founders that have a love for growing young technology-based businesses. Unlike traditional consultants, we not only provide market insight and strategy capabilities, but can also help you execute your plans, and raise more capital if needed. We understand the unique demands that scaling your company requires. We act as a long-term and personalised business accelerator, working within your company to help it overcome all the obstacles to growth.
We can help you reach your growth goals and improve your business across all key commercial areas:
Competitor analysis & market positioning
IP protection and licensing strategy
New product launches
User experience & product virality
Pricing & sales strategy
New marketing channels
Analytics, KPIs and dashboards
Financial analysis & modeling
Alternative business models
Asset and project financing mechanisms
Pitch deck preparation & fundraising
Partnerships & M&A
Our team has over 60 years of combined experience building and growing early stage ventures, with particular experience in cleantech, renewable energy, marketplaces, ecommerce, social networks, and fintech. And given our base of contacts, we can be especially helpful to companies wishing to expand into the US, Europe, Middle East or Asia.
Why Work With Us?
Colbridge helps you improve your business quickly by letting you hire an experienced and entrepreneurial business consultant who is highly motivated to improve your business and hit your growth and fundraising goals.
Accelerate growth projects
You've probably got several project ideas that could grow your business. But there's never enough time in the day to get round to them. A Colbridge Partner can increase your team's ability to get these critical projects done. And because our Partners are likely already experienced in your industry, there will be limited downtime getting us up to speed. Just plug and play.
Hit sales goals
You've got aggressive sales goals. Some of these sales may come from new channels or sectors where you have little experience. Others may come from new partners or relationships you have yet to establish. We can explore these new avenues for you to strengthen your pipeline and increase your sales growth.
Fill skillset gaps cost-effectively
While you work on finding talent to scale your product, you're likely to have gaps in your team's commercial skillset. Having an experienced entrepreneur and consultant, working inside your team, can help you plug those gaps.
Get an external idea generator
Alternative perspectives on your business can stimulate ideas that generate growth. Because we've worked in multiple early stage companies, we can also bring in ideas from many industries to enable you to be best-in-class.
Get funding quicker
Fundraising can take over 50% of a startup CEO's time - time that could be better spent on the business. Your Colbridge Partner can lead your fundraising push to help you hit your fundraising goal without compromising your business. And because we already have a strong network of investors ready to invest in the sectors of interest to us, we'll have a headstart on the process.
We're unique in the market, combining top-tier professional services backgrounds with entrepreneurial skillsets. We can help you grow your business rapidly, collaboratively, and cost effectively. Get in touch for an exploratory session with one of our professionals.
"CBV supported LiveHive across multiple dimensions - whether it was pushing us hard to think about how to build in viral growth to the product, or really working out the kinks in our marketing and onboarding journeys, Manshu brings a “been there and done it” attitude and experience to the relationship. As a first time CEO, I also personally found his advice highly practical - as someone who has been through the start-up journey Manshu knows what has worked, and just as importantly, what hasn’t, when it comes to fundraising, management team building, setting up equity and incentive structures, and just the hard work of building a business from scratch. It’s been invaluable to have someone independent and experienced watching and supporting us in everything we do - which is different from any other adviser or mentor relationship I've seen"
Dave Nicholson, Founder/CEO LiveHive
2x former Founder: Zopa (IPO target 2022, unicorn, top 10 UK startup), Yoyo Wallet (exited to Saltpay 2020)
Our venture studio is for Founders that are in the very early stages of company building and seek an experienced commercial partner to develop the company. Colbridge acts as a Co-Founder guiding the company towards a first institutional round of funding.
In exchange we receive a portion of the company's equity, typically 5-25% depending on the stage of development and support needed. Once a company has raised enough funds, it will be transferred to Colbridge Growth where we act as consultants or interim execs.
In the Studio we can provide up to $30k in funding, and can help you fill out the MVP or pre-seed round of funding through an extensive angel network.