Herefordshire-based investment website the Development Capital Exchange is to be renamed the Early-Stage Investment Exchange (ESIX) as part of a corporate restructure.
The website, which was set up to provide investors with news of early-stage, joint venture, strategic alliance and merger opportunities, has been updated to take into account new regulations encouraging entrepreneurial investment.
The aim will be to try and bridge the gap between fundseekers and investors, although deals will be individually negotiated.
Chief executive David Rose said: "Research shows that there are as many as 50,000 cash-starved businesses seeking funding between £10,000 and £1 million at any one time.
"Other research shows that there are some 150,000 investors, each with between £20,000 and £500,000 to invest at any one time.
" By bringing the two together ESIX can best be described as the 'real world' Dragon's Den."
The change in name also paves the way for their new Unlisted Shares Exchange (USX), due to be introduced in December this year.
USX will provide a facility for entrepreneurs to post their shareholdings in private companies for sale when they want to retire, realise capital or sell for any other reason. n 'Good technology can boost business' is the main message of Birmingham's Technology Innovation Centre (TIC), which launches its design and innovation week on Monday .
Aimed at both large and small business the TIC, part of the University of Central England, plans to offer a range of free courses and seminars over the week showing how innovation and technology can boost turnover.
TIC's head of design and process innovation Dr Peter Rayson said: "With products all-too-quickly becoming commodities, UK companies have to find smarter ways to build a successful business.
" Based on innovative approaches, pioneered with US technology partners, TIC is introducing new concepts into choosing and using technology for UK businesses large and small."