Tim Antos was having trouble sleeping. He’d lie awake at night and not be able to switch off. Listening to music helped but the headphones were just so bulky. Then he had an idea…

Kokoon headphones aren’t just ergonomic and comfortable. They’re also super high tech. Inside, EEG brainwave sensors respond to your sleep patterns with different types of sound. To help you get to deeper, more refreshing sleep. Since launching, Tim and co-founder Richard Hall raised £3m through crowdfunding and venture capitalists. They employ 11 people, and their global pre-orders stand at 100,00 units. But there is an awkward space: between the initial funding boost and long-term fi nancial stability. London Fashion Fund would offer that kind of fi nance for many businesses.