Early stage funding made easy

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We want to make early stage funding: more accessible and simpler to access. And for helping you get ready for investment, lets help you simplify that process too…




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Our Journey

AGORA was co-founded by Alex Balderstone and Trishna Nagrani who both met at Warwick University. Alex was looking for his next venture after having set-up one of the UK’s largest student conferences and Trishna in a similar vain had just left running the UK’s first student run Incubator. They both still found it hard to answer though, where should they go to launch a business, let alone how could they go about fundraising.


So in Summer 2019 AGORA launched as an early stage funding solution to help startups access the early stage capital that still remains so hard to access in the UK, whilst making the journey to ‘investment readiness’ clearer too.”

Alex Balderstone

Co-Founder & CEO

Before AGORA, Alex founded Warwick Congress, the UK’s largest multidisciplined conference. He's also partner at Birmingham Enterprise Community, Birmingham’s newest accelerator

Trishna Nagrani

Co-Founder & Head of Strategy

Trishna is the Ex Director Warwick Incubator, UK’s first student-run
incubator. As well as Co-Founding AGORA, Trishna also works in investment banking at Lazard

Shanil Shah

COO & Head of Deals

Shanil studies alongside Trishna and Alex at University before becoming Employee #1 at InvestIn Education, the UK’s largest pre-university course provider

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