Ethical corporate finance advisor CapEQ has teamed up with UK Armed Forces veterans charity Heropreneurs to empower new entrepreneurs from the military community to achieve their business aspirations ambitions.
CapEQ is offering its skills and experience to contribute to Heropreneurs’ high-quality mentoring programme, which supports around 200 new businesses a year run by members of the military community – service leavers, their dependants, veterans and reservists ex-Forces veterans.
The partnership features practical skills workshops and one-to-one mentoring to help veterans develop start-up ideas, scale up fledgling firms, and tackle succession planning and longer-term strategies.
Heropreneurs Head of Development Matt Feeley said: “While we have established corporate partnerships with organisations such as Goldman Sachs and Warwick Business School, we want our budding entrepreneurs to grow into their new roles as business owners running successful and sustainable companies.
“The CapEQ team brings a unique focus on business exits, scaling up with investors, and acquiring readymade businesses which fulfils an important role in our mentoring programme. We’re delighted to have them on board.”
CapEQ Director Mark Sapsford added: “While there is plenty of help out there for under-25s to get business advice and funding, there is precious little help for those embarking on career changes later in life. We want to play a part in addressing that imbalance.
“We are confident our skillset and experience of working alongside established founders, family firms and tech entrepreneurs will provide useful practical insights needed to help veterans thrive in civvy street.”
In addition to workshops, CapEQ will provide ongoing mentoring support to a small number of ex-military entrepreneurs – especially those with Special Forces backgrounds who often find it hardest to adjust to civilian life.
Heropreneurs (Charity No: 1136671) was established in 2009 to assist with the resettlement of former servicemen and women by providing support services to enable individuals to start, grow and sustain a business idea. For more see www.heropreneurs.co.uk
CapEQ is a mergers & acquisitions advisory firm established in 2020 to help entrepreneurs and majority shareholders exit their business, secure external investment, or acquire other companies. With 11 offices worldwide, CapEQ is the first accredited B-Corp M&A advisor in Europe. For more see www.capeq.com