angel investor8 May 2018

5 Top tips for when looking for an angel investor

Angel investors are the most likely way for you to be able to find funding and investment for your company. Angel investors tend to be wealthy individuals or groups who are willing to put forward sums of cash in order to help a burgeoning enterprise to take its first steps. Unlike venture capitalists, an angel investor will invest their own wealth into a company. Usually this will be in return for convertible debt or equity

Unique angel investor7 Nov 2017

As a pre-seed investor, I observe the masses and do the opposite!

I’ve spent most of my life doing things ‘my way’, and as a pre-seed investor, I’m simply continuing along that path. When I look at pre-seed investments (i.e. businesses that are yet only in the mind of the founder, or just on a piece of paper) I look at things differently to other early stage investors.   Time will tell whether it’s the right approach as an investor, but I have no doubt it’s the

find the right investor20 Oct 2017

How to find the right investor for your business

Finding the appropriate investment opportunities for your business is rarely a straightforward task. And against the background of current economic instability, Bank of England interventions, and political fallout from Brexit, uncertainty is the only certainty right now. Although the recent Consumer Confidence Index remained relatively unchanged, one site announced that within 24 hours of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, technology startup Netz saw five investors suspend hundreds of thousands of pounds in promised

Raising Funds for Your Startup25 Aug 2017

What You Need to Know Before Raising Funds for Your Startup

Your startup is growing, and you and your partners are ready to start pitching to investors and venture capitalists. You have ideas and ambitions to grow your business even further, but first, you need to raise more capital for your business. Before you start scheduling meetings with investors and putting your pitch into action, here are a few pieces of key information that you should keep in mind: Regardless of the investments you get, you

angel investment in rejected projects8 Jul 2017

Why I Choose to Invest When Most Investors Will Not

Speak to most angel investors or early stage VC’s and most will tell you they love your business idea or concept, but to come back once you have created your product and have some traction or proof of concept. I can’t help but agree with their logic. They, and rightly so, want to see how far you can get on your own in order to judge how much further you could go with their investment.

how to get angel Investment14 May 2017

Want me to invest in your idea, but you won’t?!

So your idea is your passion, your be all and end all? You’re certain it’s going to be successful. You want me to invest, but you won’t?! What message does that give to any potential investor? Let me tell you. It tells a potential investor that alarm bells should be ringing – not necessarily about the business idea, but about that person’s commitment and ability to make things happen. I don’t doubt that in many

right business partners banner24 Feb 2017

Are Your Co-Founders Or Shareholders A Help Or Hindrance?

When starting a business it is important to have the right business partners on board; in any walk of life it is essential that you are supported by a good team that can encourage and help you, but with Start Ups it’s even more so.   Whilst investing in start-ups and having investment discussions, I see a lot of common mistakes, but one appears to be more apparent than most when there is more than

Bad pitches10 Nov 2016

Week 8: Pitches: The Bad and The Unluckiest Businessman alive?

In my last article I discussed some of the good pitches we have received to date and some of the common attributes that encouraged us to invest in them. Today I’m going to take a light-hearted look at the not so good proposals, including one by someone I think must be the most unlucky businessman alive – more to come on him later! What’s a ‘bad’ proposal? In all honestly it is probably not ‘bad’

good Startup proposals11 Oct 2016

Week 7: Pitches: The Good

Seven weeks in and we’ve heard some incredibly good ideas, some good ideas with some flaws, and some fairly bad ideas. Add into the mix good and bad ideas with pitches that vary from incredibly good to incredibly poor, as well as entrepreneurs who are willing to listen to our experience and those that are not, and you’ll have a vague idea of what we get on a daily basis! The most important bit of

investor friendly preposition9 Dec 2015

Becoming an Investor-friendly Proposition

Once you’ve clearly laid out your business plans, moving forward undoubtedly requires talking to investors and reeling them in. This can often be best described as a daunting task. Most well-known investors come across plenty of pitches on a day to day basis and quite simply don’t have the time or energy to meet everyone with a fresh business proposition. Furthermore, it isn’t unusual at all for aspiring entrepreneurs to speak to more than 50