This page contains a number of resources we recommend to entrepreneurs preparing their business proposition packs, as well as our terms of business. Please do review these resources to make sure you are making the most of your efforts and effectively engage with investors.
The Fund Raising Process
To raise funds you will follow a three phase process
1. Prepare and submit a business proposition
You can send your propositions to us. You can speak to Peter Eales on 0843 532 9777 or email us . What should you send? Ideally a one page summary - see below - together with your Business Plan - again see advice below - which normally includes financials ie cashflows, P&L and Balance Sheet. Your Business Plan should include (of course!) the key points covered in the Pitching Checklist below: these are essential points that investors want to know about any investment they may consider. Your accountant, lawyer, Finance Director or other professional advisers may help you to produce this information. If you have a PowerPoint Presentation or a similar presentation, then so much the better.
All this will enable our screening team to understand immediately if there is or is not potential. Peter Eales one of our founder directors and General Manager forwards this information to Frank Guinn our Vice Chairman to review. Frank will contact you to say if we would like to short-list your pitch for one of our Virtual Online Events - currently being run during the Covid Crisis replacing our Investor Dinner Events - or if we have more questions for you.
We run pitch events throughout the year. Our Review Panel, Chaired by Frank Guinn chooses 5 pitches about 5 weeks before each event. So you need to factor this into your plan submission timing. The dates for events can be found on our News Page here.
We are part of the Government and regulatory body respected UKBAA network, so your information is safe with us.
2. Present at one of our pitch events
Prepare a compelling summary to give us, in 10 to 15 minutes, a description of the investment opportunity. You may find this Pitching Checklist useful to help structure your presentation.
3. Follow-up and due diligence
If one or more investors are interested, you will be asked to provide detailed business plans, including financials and marketing plans.
What investors want to hear
Here are a few videos that highlights what we like to get from entrepreneurs in our pitch events. This is relevant for the formal pitch, but see below for your elevator pitch, also relevant for covering the room before and after the event. This article might be helpful in preparation for your pitch.
Your Elevator Pitch
When investors show interest in the proposition then a full Business Plan will be required. There are plenty of business plan templates online, e.g. samples produced by BPlans.
Here is a Business Plan Template from GOV.UK
And here is a Business Plan Guide from UK Business Angels Association, UKBAA our Trade Body here
Our Terms of Business to Present at Pitch Events
The presentation fee to pitch at one of our Investors' dinner events is £150. Additionally DBA charge 5% of the funds raised which is payable upon completion of the fund-raising round.
The Fund Raising Process
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