September Investors' Pitch Review
Dorset Business Angels’ attention grabbed by innovative solutions!
Several times a year Dorset Business Angels (DBA) investors invite businesses to pitch for investment in a Dragon’s Den style scenario. At its latest event in September, at the Royal Bath Hotel, an interesting and exciting mix of entrepreneurs were vying to win the attention and investment of the successful DBA investors. Four very impressive pitches were made from a diverse mix of sectors including sports, property, travel and wellbeing.
DBA was formed in 2013 with the aim of being a catalyst in Dorset to bring together entrepreneurs and investors to help accelerate the growth of start-up businesses. Their vision is to turn Dorset into one of the UK’s best regions for setting up high growth and start-up businesses by providing quality private equity investment opportunities to local high net worth and sophisticated investors.
Innovation supporting sports clubs…
Eager to impress the Angels was a London based company which has developed an App for sports clubs. The founders, as sports club members themselves, identified at first hand the problems that amateur sports clubs have administering themselves and running their clubs effectively and efficiently, with many being run by teams of volunteers. They built a messaging platform to access that challenge and the software developed enables clubs to chat, organise, make payments and organise events with great ease. Benefits were recognised as member retention, time savings and increased revenue opportunities. The market opportunity was identified with the UK having 151,000 clubs with a turnover of £6bn. Germany has 91,000 clubs and the USA has 1.5million. The pitch grabbed the attention of investors and several of them expressed their interest in pursuing a conversation with the entrepreneurs.
Pioneering audio solution for insomnia...
The captivated investor audience was then introduced to a former sleep deprived business man with experience in developing medical products. He advised the investors that several years ago he suffered insomnia which resulted in him visiting a sleep clinic. He discovered audio which allowed him to take his mind off whatever he was thinking about and preventing sleep. This was the catalyst for him discovering and developing a product that solves sleep issues. The canny business man advised that at some point in their lives everyone will struggle with sleep, whether it be long haul flights, a snoring partner, mild insomnia or noisy neighbours and that sleep represents a third of our lives. The company’s answer is audio and they developed a product which is a regular blue tooth noise cancelling headphone with pioneering acoustics. The headphone is designed to be comfortable, enabling the user to wear in bed or to wear for long periods of time. The product has EG sensors - motion sensors and environment sensors and measures brain waves, the ‘gold standard’ of measuring sleep. If the user is really struggling with sleep it provides the consumer with clinically validated audio via an App, audio that’s proven to help people relax and switch off. Users are protected when sleep is detected and the app introduces active white noise technology which masks out any disturbances that might compromise sleep. The business related that the core innovation is intelligent audio which adapts as you fall asleep and adapts over time as the system understands what’s working for you.
It was reported that Initial demand for the new product has been incredibly high and although still in a period of pre- order, with shipping to start in November 2017, over 17,000 orders have been placed with a value of £3million. Particular interest has been shown from a number of athletes and high- performance sports players approaching the business wanting to secure orders. Interest has come from, among others, the British Olympic swim team, Premiership football teams and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. The Angel investors recognised the exciting future that lies ahead for this young company and interest was expressed by several investors.
Commercial property sector research and search platform...
Next to take the floor was a business that has developed a platform for the commercial property sector with a data-driven CRM & market research platform. The platform helps clients to make money, save time and offers a research function. Partnering with many of the leading well- known commercial property brands, including Zoopla and backed by an incredibly strong team of staff whose experience includes Rightmove, Hampton and M& C Saatchi. The system provides a rich map of data comparisons, allowing surveying companies to save time looking for data, search for sensitive data, view deals that have been done and allow them to view future fee potential relating to the deals that they’ve already done. Subscriptions to the platform are growing. The UK and global market potential was discussed and shared with the Angel investors. One investor expressed interest to meet with the founders again to learn more about the opportunity.
Show casing restaurants and bars…
The fourth presentation to investors came from a talented team of Bournemouth University graduates who have created a video content market place and App. Recognising a gap in the market place to innovatively review restaurants and leisure hospitality venues they have developed a solution which allows venues to show-case their offering through the use of engaging video. This also helps consumers to make a more informed decision on whether to visit a venue. Currently capturing venues across London the team were looking for investment from the Angel investors to achieve marketing goals such as signing up 1500 businesses in the next 18 months and to be able to expand on to an android platform which would open up the business to a further 5.6 million users in London. They also plan to double the size of their core team. Whilst incredibly impressed with the enthusiasm, dedication and vision of the team no investors came forward to express an interest in the business.
DBA Chairman, Don McQueen enthused, “The quality of pitches this evening was fantastic, certainly very inspiring and providing some incredibly interesting investment opportunities that we will be pursing. Everyone was really engaged and the pitches brought about lots of discussion and interest from a packed room of investors. We are particularly keen to hear from new investors who are interested in joining our future pitch events which are gaining quite a reputation, not just in Dorset but across the UK. Please E: email@example.com
Future pitch events
The next DBA Investor pitch event will take place mon Monday 27th November at 6pm. Businesses interested in registering are advised to visit www.dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk or book on through our Eventbrite page here.
Dorset Business Angels are hosting their biennial conference on Friday 27th October in Bournemouth and will host a programme of invited, eminent speakers who include; Jenny Tooth, CEO of the UK British Angels Association, experienced investor Justin Levine, Business Angel and DBA Chairman Don McQueen, UKBAA former Angel Investor of the Year, Peter Cowley, Co-founder of Rocket Route Kurt Lyall and Member of Parliament for Bournemouth West, Conor Burns.
Anyone wishing to attend the Conference is urged to secure their tickets on Eventbrite here In order to find out more about the event visit our About page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Calling all angels! YOUR HELP PLEASE...
Dorset Business Angels are working with the UKBAA and with the British Business Bank to help them gather data on the Angel Investing ecosystem.
This research is happening at a critical time – the government is considering where its priorities should lie post-Brexit and unless it has data on the value of angel investing there is a risk that its support will be allocated elsewhere. It became clear that key support measures including EIS and SEIS are under review – so we urgently need your help to prove the value of angel investing and the vital support that you all bring. Here's the link to a short 6 minute survey that you can all fill in, though the deadline is the end of this week!’
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New research from the UK Business Angel’s Association seeking to understand barriers women face to becoming angel investors
New research by the national trade association representing angel investors, UK Business Angels Association and Angel Academe, an award-winning angel network, aims to understand women’s perceptions of angel investing – as part of UKBAA’s two-year campaign to increase the proportion of women angel investors in the UK from 14% to 30%.
The research forms part of a new EU project called ‘Women Angels for Europe’s Entrepreneurs’, which is enabling a view of female investors in the UK, as well as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.
The research was based on a short online survey and UKBAA urged as many women as possible to complete it - both those who at present are female angel investors and those who have the spare financial capacity but are not currently investing in entrepreneurs and small businesses.
UKBAA CEO Jenny Tooth OBE said, “We believe that increasing the proportion of women angel investors will not only benefit female entrepreneurs but will also pay dividends to those women with spare financial capacity who are currently missing out on the opportunity to back the UK’s high-potential early-stage businesses. The research results will help us understand how to engage more women in angel investing – to help support the economy, early-stage businesses (especially those started by women), as well as developing their own career and financial opportunities.”
The survey was hosted by Cass Business School, a leading UK academic institution that is also analysing the results. All information submitted will be treated entirely confidentially, with all data aggregated and anonymised. Survey participants will be offered early access to the findings and invitations to associated conferences, events and workshops about angel investing.
Bournemouth University Design & Engineering Show 2017
2017 Visit Free on 23 – 26 June
Peter Eales General Manager and a DBA Founder Director at last year's Bournemouth University Design & Engineering Show
The Design & Engineering Show (previously known as the Festival, or FoDI) is an annual exhibition of final year projects by Design and Engineering students. We have always worked closely with BU and the engineering to offer help as needed.
Go along and be inspired! visit
We are delighted to support Forest Holme Hospice. We will be attending their ever-popular Sunflower Ball Friday September 8th at Harbour Heights overlooking Poole Harbour and Sandbanks. Some of us were there last year, you can see pictures below.
Forest Holme Hospice is part of Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Tucked away in a quiet corner of the town centre across the road from Poole Park, the Hospice is a short distance from the main hospital and offers a peaceful setting for the care of both patients and their families/carers. It is a centre of excellence in the care of people with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.
Forest Holme provide palliative and end of life care to over 1,000 local people each year across Poole, Wimborne and the Purbecks. We don’t just look after people with cancer; our expertise extends to other life-limiting illnesses such as Motor Neurone Disease, other neurological conditions, heart failure, renal failure and respiratory illness.
Forest Holme takes its name from the Victorian house that originally stood on the site. The unit was dedicated by the late Roy Castle OBE on 3 July 1993 and was officially opened by the Lady Romsey on 9 January, 1995. Forest Holme Hospice Charity is proud to work with Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to help support the life-enhancing work of Forest Holme Hospice.
The Annual Sunflower Ball
|The Annual Sunflower Ball Forest Holme 2016
||Drinks are served ready for the ever-popular Ball
|| 2016 - Sandbanks Haven, 2017 - Harbour Heights
More pictures on the Forest Holme Facebook Page.
If you would like to know more contact Peter Eales email@example.com
UKBAA update media release on the flagship summit - Manchester on Tuesday 28th March 2017
Took place on 28th March at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.
There are twelve $1 billion tech businesses in the North and investment in Northern tech companies is at a 10-year high, but in order to capitalise on the opportunities around high-potential small businesses in the North – particularly the fast-growing tech sector – visibility of capital needs to improve. These sentiments were expressed at the UK Business Angels Association’s (UKBAA) Northern Investment Summit this week at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, which was attended by over 250 leading players in the early-stage investment community including angel investors, venture capital firms and high-growth entrepreneurs.
The Northern Powerhouse funds were identified as a significant opportunity to bring more capital to the regions’ entrepreneurs, but alongside this public funding there needs to be a long-term supply of private sector investment. The key will be enabling better connectivity – joining up the public and the private sector on the supply side with entrepreneurial support services and high-potential small businesses on the demand side.
Hugh Campbell, managing partner of GP Bullhound, underlined the importance of building more communities of local investors – particularly people who have been successful entrepreneurs and would like to use their money and experience to back the new generation of growth businesses. Keith Morgan, CEO of the British Business Bank, added:
“There is a lack of awareness of what angel investment is available in the North. But the opportunity is there for the taking. There is great potential available for investment in the North.”
more on the UKBAA website here
Dougie Scarfe CEO of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra - at Hotel du Vin Poole
On BSO Corporate Membership - why be a member?
Dorset Business Angels are proud to be a Corporate Member of Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Through our support of the BSO, and our relationship with Investec, we are close friends of BSO.
"Associate your company with a world-class cultural charity, an iconic brand, with formidable marketing and pioneering work in the community" says Douglass Scarfe, CEO BSO
A Corporate Membership with the BSO offers exceptional opportunities to engage with your clients and staff, enhance relationships and build profile for your business. Benefits of Membership include premium tickets for entertaining, access to the BSO’s musicians, accreditation in key publications and invitations to exclusive supporter events.
You can become involved in the BSO’s new Corporate Membership Scheme for as little as £100 per month.
Interested? Then download their Corporate Membership Brochure here
Or contact Johanna Marx, BSO Development Officer, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01202 644730.
AngelNews is delighted to be partnering with the UKBAA to offer us a 10% discount on tickets for the Annual UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner on 22nd February 2017.
This year's event will be hosted high above the heart of the City of London on the 42nd floor of The Leadenhall Building (The Cheesegrater).
The UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner welcomes a range of guests from the angel and early-stage finance ecosystem, including private investors, angel groups and syndicates, fund managers, crowdfunders, disruptive entrepreneurs and established thought leaders. At last winter’s dinner, UKBAA was delighted to welcome some of the most inspiring and pioneering leaders in the industry.
An outstanding speaker has been lined up for the occasion: David J. Brown, co-founder and CEO of Ve Interactive. Under David’s leadership, Ve Interactive has been listed as one of Europe’s unicorns and named the fastest-growing tech company in the UK by The Sunday Times’ Tech Track 100.
The UKBAA Winter Investment Dinner was a sell-out event last year, so do take this opportunity. Available to all members by contacting Peter Eales.
Phone: 01202 706 975
UKBAA Angel Investment Summit 2016 CONNECTING GLOBALLY
1st November Canada House Trafalgar Square
A highlights report here, which includes key insights as well as links to speakers’ slides and video footage.
Jenny Tooth CEO UKBAA
& Andrew Pipe LLoyds Bank Chief Economist
Wessex Entrepreneurs Ltd
Is pleased to invite you to another memorable evening in the company of Rt Hon Sir Oliver Letwin MP
“Britain’s opportunities on the global stage”.
Thursday 12th January 2017 7pm. A date for your diary. Book your ticket on Eventbrite now here
UKBAA - Exclusive Member Offers
A few interesting industry events are on the horizon and we are pleased to be able to offer UKBAA members free and discounted tickets:
FinTech Connect Live – 6th-7th December 2016, London – FREE TICKETS FOR UKBAA MEMBERS
UKBAA has 50 free tickets available for members, which you can access using discount code FTCL1695 via this link. The event is hosted at the ExCel in London and brings together 150+ exhibitors and 2500+ attendees including investors, startups, government and scale ups for two days of networking and learning about the future of this exciting industry.
TechCrunch Disrupt – 5th-6th December 2016, London – £350 DISCOUNT FOR UKBAA MEMBERS
UKBAA is delighted to be partnering with TechCrunch Disrupt, which takes place at The Copper Box Arena, London, on 5th-6th December 2016. UKBAA members can benefit from a £350 discount on ticket prices by using the access code UKBAA@EB via this link. Join us to learn about game-changing technologies, hear what’s top of mind for the tech industry’s key innovators and connect with the best and brightest entrepreneurs and investors.
The WiseAlpha VCT & EIS Investor Forum 2016 – 24th November 2016, London – 20% DISCOUNT FOR UKBAA MEMBERS
UKBAA is partnering with Angelnews to offer members the benefit of 20% off tickets to The WiseAlpha VCT and EIS Investor Forum via this link, where you can hear from Baroness Karren Brady; Leonora Walters of Investors Chronicle; Rezaah Ahmad, Founder of WiseAlpha; and Dr Brian Moretta of Hardman & Co. This award-winning event is focused on bringing hundreds of private investors and IFAs to meet the VCT and EIS fund management community.
An evening with Jim Mellon – 24th November 2016, London – FREE TICKETS FOR UKBAA MEMBERS
We are pleased to be partnering with SyndicateRoom to bring you An evening with Jim Mellon, the Sunday Times Rich List business angel whose investments include the Diabetic Boot Company, which he backed during its SyndicateRoom round. Now, Jim says he’s spotted the next ‘money fountain’ and on Thursday 24th November you can meet Jim in person and hear his predictions on the next sector to make it big. 100 free tickets have been set aside for UKBAA members, accessible via this link.
Surrey Investors Club with A5K 06 December 2016, call for candidates
The next meeting of Surrey Investors Club will again be held at Camberley Heath Golf Club on Tuesday 06 December 2016. It will be chaired by Simon Hulme.
I would appreciate if you could indicate attendance by following this link http://doodle.com/poll/ady4u25cs8z7nawk
I would welcome volunteers to assist with selection (please see below and let me know)
This will be a joint meeting with our friends from A5K
With our continued close collaboration we will make this a joint meeting of the two clubs. We will also extend an invitation to Kent Investors Network, Dorset Business Angels and others we work closely with, by forwarding this message. To allow for travel we will start the meeting 30 minutes later than usual (10:00 coffee for 10:30 start), lunch at 13:30
Special Festive Lunch
We will ask attendees to contribute the usual £10 cash on the day towards lunch but this time we will enjoy a full three course festive sit down lunch.
I would be grateful if you could advise us of any companies that you have seen that you feel may be appropriate for our audience. We are a carrying forward a number of recent suggestions, but it is worth ensuring these are flagged to him. Simon will be assisted by Emma Fadlon in preparing the selection.
Please forward suggestions to myself, Simon and Emma (all cc’d on the message)
Emma will assist in collating information, seeking additional information from companies and prepare a “long list”
A panel of members will review the application profiles and discuss the merits for inclusion on the agenda.
The chairman will then decide on which companies to invite.
This process will take the full burden off the chairman, give a consensus on choice, and simplify the handover between chairman of one meeting and the next. It also simplifies the passing of opportunities between SIC and A5K, where the respective chairmen also share views on candidates.
Several members have already volunteered to be part of the review panel and I would welcome assistance in this. It is an activity that can be done from home or a travelling laptop. Please let me know if would like to help with this.
Guests are always welcomed to our group; if you know of someone who might enjoy attending please (a) forward this message or let me know; (b) ask them to compete the Doodle Poll and (c) copy me so I can add them to the distribution list for the agenda.
Further dates for your diary are:
2017 dates yet to be scheduled
Once the selection has been made the agenda will be circulated together with pre-reading materials.
Surrey Investors Club
BREXIT AND BEYOND – BUSINESS BREAKFAST EVENT
Brexit and Beyond is the latest in a series of Going for Growth Business Breakfast events aimed at supporting and developing business in the community. For more information on Christchurch and East Dorset Partnership’s ‘Going for Growth’ economic development programme visit
To reserve, please email email@example.com
If you have any issues with booking online please call Darren Northeast PR on 01202 676762