Terms of Use

Last Updated: July 2022

These Terms of Service (“Terms”) set out the general terms governing your use of www.trendscoutuk.com, blog.trendscoutuk.com, and startups.trendscoutuk.com (collectively, the “Website”). Through these Terms, we will refer to you as “you” or “your”, and we will refer to TrendScout as “we”, “us”, “our”, or “TrendScout”.

 

By using the Website, you accept, understand, and agree to be bound by these Terms and to abide by them. If you do not wish to continue to be bound by these Terms, please stop using the Website now

Incorporation of Other Terms & Agreements

By agreeing to these Terms, you acknowledge, understand, and agree that you have also accepted, understood, and agreed to:

 

 

In addition, you may be bound by specific agreements based on your use of the Website. For example, if you are an Investor or Startup founder and wish to sign up for TrendScout’s Investor Portal, you will need to agree to our Investor Terms or Startup Terms to continue using the Website.

Access to the Website

Access to the Website is permitted temporarily. We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the services we provide on the Website without prior notice. We will not be liable if, for any reason, the Website is unavailable at any time for any period.

 

We also reserve the right to restrict your access to the Website partially or entirely.

 

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website continuously. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and that they accept, understand, and agree with them

Access to the Website

Access to the Website is permitted temporarily. We reserve the right to withdraw or amend the services we provide on the Website without prior notice. We will not be liable if, for any reason, the Website is unavailable at any time for any period.

 

We also reserve the right to restrict your access to the Website partially or entirely.

 

You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to the Website continuously. You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access the Website through your internet connection are aware of these Terms and that they accept, understand, and agree with them

Intellectual Property Rights

Unless specified, all Content on the Website is the property of TrendScout, our affiliates or third parties with whom we do business. This includes, but is not limited to, text, graphics, logos, icons, illustrations, images, sound clips, data compilations, page layout and design, underlying code, and software (collectively, “Intellectual Property”).

 

Except as provided by Part 1, Chapter 3 of the UK Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (“Fair Use Provisions for Copyrighted Materials”), you may not reproduce, copy, distribute, store, or re-use any of the Website’s Intellectual Property in any other fashion other than what is indicated on the Website or unless we have given express written permission to do so.

Links to Other Websites

The Website may contain links to other websites over which we or our affiliates have no control. You, therefore, accept, understand, and agree not to hold us or our affiliates responsible or liable for the Content of these websites and any loss or damage from clicking and visiting these websites.

Registration Obligations

The Website also includes an exclusive community forum (“Investor Portal”) as part of our services. To access the Investor Portal, you accept, understand, and agree to:

 

  1. Provide true, accurate, current, and complete information as prompted by the Investor Portal’s registration form; and
  2. Maintain and promptly update your information to keep it true, accurate, current, and complete.

 

TrendScout reserves the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Investor Portal if we determine that the information provided is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete.

Member Account, Password, and Security

You accept, understand, and agree that you are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Investor Portal account username and password (collectively, “Investor Portal Login Details”) and all activities under your account.

 

You also accept, understand, and agree that TrendScout will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from any unauthorised use of your Investor Portal Login Details.

Member Conduct

You accept, understand, and agree that you are solely responsible for all data and information, including but not limited to text, software, sound, photographs, graphics, illustrations, and video you publicly posted or privately transmitted within the Investor Portal (collectively, “Content”).

 

TrendScout does not control the Content posted and, as such, does not guarantee their accuracy, integrity, or quality. We are also not liable in any way and under any circumstance for any Content, including but not limited to errors and/or omissions present in the Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Investor Portal.

 

You further agree not to use the Investor Portal or the Website to:

 

  1. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libellous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, racist, or objectionable;

 

  1. harms minors in any way;

 

  1. impersonate any person or entity including, but not limited to a TrendScout director or employee; Startup founder, director or employee; forum leader; guide; or host;

 

  1. forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted;

 

  1. upload, post email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, confidential information, or other proprietary rights;

 

  1. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorised advertising, promotional materials, “junk mail”, “spam”, “chain letters”, “pyramid schemes”, or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas that are expressly designated to cause harm, loss, or damage;

 

  1. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software virus, malware, trojans, worms, and other computer code, files, or programs designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware and/or telecommunications equipment;

 

  1. disrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to “scroll” faster than other users of the Investor Portal can type or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users’ ability to engage in real-time exchanges;

 

  1. interfere with or disrupt the Investor Portal, Website, or servers or networks connected to the Website and/or Investor Portal, or disobey any requirement, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Investor Portal and/or Website;

 

  1. intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, provincial, national, or international law, including but not limited to regulations promulgated by any National, State, Provincial, or other Securities Commission or equivalent authority or government agency or office, any rules of any national or other securities exchange, and any regulations having the force of law;

 

  1. stalk or otherwise harass another; or

 

  1. collect or store personal data about other users.

 

Without limiting the preceding, TrendScout has the right to refuse and remove any Content that violates these Terms at our absolute sole discretion. We also have the right to preserve and disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosures are reasonably necessary to:

 

  1. comply with legal process;

 

  1. enforce these Terms;

 

  1. respond to claims that the Content violates the rights of third parties; or

 

  1. protect the rights, property or personal safety of the Investor Portal’s users, TrendScout’s director and employees, and the general public.

 

You, therefore, accept, understand, and agree to evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any Content, including but not limited to any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any Content on the Investor Portal.

Disclaimers

If you choose to register and use our Investor Portal, you will see that in the Platform Agreements, TrendScout details what parts of the Website and Content we are responsible for and what parts we are not.

 

Except for the specific terms stipulated within the particular Platform Agreement applicable to you, you accept, understand, and agree that:

 

  1. TrendScout makes no warranty or representation (express or implied) that the Website will meet your requirements, that it will be of satisfactory quality, that it will be fit for a particular purpose, that it will not infringe third-party rights, that it will be compatible with all systems, that it will be secure, or that all information will be accurate;

 

  1. TrendScout makes no guarantee of any specific results from the use of the Website and/or the Investor Portal;

 

  1. no part of this Website is intended to constitute advice, and the Content of this Website and/or Investor Portal should not be relied upon when making any decisions or taking any action of any kind;

 

  1. the Website is provided “as is” and on an “as available” basis, and we give no warranty that it will be free from errors, defects and/or faults;

 

  1. TrendScout accepts no liability for any disruption or non-availability of the Website resulting from external factors, including but not limited to server and/or network failure, communications network failure, power failure, natural events, acts of nature or war, or legal restrictions and censorship; and

 

  1. any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our Website or in connection with the use, inability to use, or results of the use of this Website and/or any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it including, without limitation any liability for loss of income or revenue, business, profits or contracts, anticipated savings, data, goodwill, productive management or office time, and any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable. This does not affect our liability for death or personal injury arising from our negligence, our liability for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation, or any other liability that cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

Risk Warning

You accept, understand, and agree that investing in startups involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done as part of a diversified portfolio. The Website and Investor Portal are targeted exclusively at sufficiently sophisticated investors to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions. You accept, understand, and agree that you can only invest through the Website and Investor Portal once you are registered as sufficiently sophisticated. Please click here to read our full Risk Warning for more information.

 

Pitches for investment are not available to the public, and members can only make investments on TrendScout’s Website and Investor Portal based on information provided in the pitches by the Startups concerned. Further restrictions and TrendScout’s limitation of liability are set out in our Investor Terms and Conditions. Please see independent advice as required, as TrendScout does not give investment or tax advice.

Severability

TrendScout has made every effort to ensure that these Terms adhere strictly to the relevant provisions of the UK Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 and other applicable laws. However, if any of these provisions are found to be unlawful, invalid or otherwise unenforceable, that provision is to be deemed severed from these Terms and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of the remaining Terms. This clause on Severability shall apply only within jurisdictions where a particular term is illegal.

No Waiver

If either you or TrendScout fails to exercise any right or remedy contained in these Terms, that does not mean you or TrendScout (as applicable) have waived the right or remedy and so shall not be construed as a waiver.

Revisions

From time to time, we may revise these Terms to reflect changes in the law, TrendScout’s services and/or policies. The revised version of these Terms will be uploaded on the Website. As soon as you use the Website after they are posted, you will be deemed to have agreed to the revised Terms whilst still bound by previous versions of these Terms to which you have consented. If there is a conflict between two versions of these Terms to which you have agreed, the more recent version shall take precedence unless it is expressly stated otherwise.

Communications

If you wish to communicate with us about anything related to these Terms, you may send an email to team@trendscoutuk.com.

Complaints

If you wish to complain about TrendScout’s services, the process for doing so is set out in the Investor Terms and Conditions and Startup Terms and Conditions. If we do not resolve the complaint to your satisfaction, you may have the right to complain directly to the UK Financial Ombudsman Service.

 

 

Choice of Law

These Terms, and the relationship between you and TrendScout created by it, shall be governed by and construed under the laws of England and Wales.

Jurisdiction

You agree to submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. This means that if you want to bring legal action against us, or we want to bring legal action against you, it must be done in one of these courts.