Flint Ventures

Flint Ventures helps founders solve business-critical political, policy and regulatory issues.

For many start-ups, policy and regulatory hurdles can be critical blockers to success. Our experienced team of former policy-makers, regulators and investors support founders to overcome these issues to secure their commercial vision.

Flint’s approach

We provide hands-on, senior policy and regulatory expertise to help founders realise their commercial objectives. We operate across a range of sectors, drawing on the breadth and depth of experience across Flint’s business.
Barriers to entry
Support understanding, navigating and unblocking complex regulatory challenges involved in entering or scaling in UK or European markets.
Communications
Support developing effective external communications, including pitches, to political and regulatory audiences.
Education and upskilling
Training to help founders understand the formal and informal processes, priorities and drivers of government and regulatory decision-making, and how best to influence it.
Public procurement and grant applications
End-to-end support with grant application processes (such as R&D grants).
Trade
Support navigating international trade rules when expanding into new jurisdictions.
On-call strategic counsel support
Partner-level support and advice, reacting to events as they arise.

Case studies

Securing government funding for energy start-up
Securing government funding for energy start-up
The energy start-up was looking to secure the rights to scope and extract lithium within the UK market. To start major operators, the company needed to raise funds by applying for a government grant to cover a significant proportion of its development spend.
Despite having substantial technical expertise, they were unfamiliar with the process and considerations behind bidding for public funds.
The bar for receiving funding in the area was high given the intense competition for limited government resources.
  • Drawing on our knowledge of the policy landscape and experience in writing funding bids, Flint worked closely with the start-up to assess the feasibility of potential sources for funding.
  • Flint identified a specific UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) funding pot as a key source of funding from which a bid had a good chance of being successful.
  • Working closely with the start-up, Flint utilised their data and technical documents to draft a bid targeted at both the fund’s official criteria, as well as our understanding of the fund’s wider political interests and sensitivities.
  • We successfully secured £700,000 for the start-up from the UKRI fund, representing a significant proportion of the business’s total funding to date.
  • We opened up access to wider public and private funding channels for future revenue raises, with new funds being created to target similar projects.
  • We continue to advise the start-up on the complex and evolving energy policy environment so it can shape and build its future commercial opportunities.

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Case Study Title
Challenge
A late change to an incoming prudential regime resulted in a client’s international operations being brought in scope, meaning the client would be required to hold significant additional capital. The client needed support to consider the options and make a decision about how best to mitigate the impact of this.
What Flint Did
Outcome
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