February 5th 2024, Pitch Event in Bournemouth

Our next Pitch Event for Angel Investors takes place on February 5th and will be a face-to-face event, held at the Bournemouth Carlton Hotel.

DBA members, High Net Worth (HNW), and Sophisticated Investors (SI) from our wider community who comply with our requirement to deliver serious investor interest for our presenting entrepreneurs are welcome to attend. Access to pitch decks and one-page summaries will also be available via the Portal.

If you are HNW or SI but not a member please contact us to request access to the Pitch Portal.

To register for the pitch event, click here.

The pitches are confirmed as follows:

Market Sector - Robotic Aids for Food Manufacture

Industrial robotic gripper and vision system enabling the fully automatic assembly of food ingredients for ready meals.

Their low-cost mobile unit has two robot arms, computer vision software, and patent pending grippers, to fully assemble any ready meal. It replaces two manual workers at half the cost, thereby addressing the significant labour shortage for the high-cost, thin-margin business of ready-meal production – particularly so for sandwiches, pizzas, salads, burgers etc.

Fully developed tech, now de-risked and operational the equipment is about to be introduced into the third largest sandwich maker in the UK.

The Company now seeks to raise £1M which is expected to be the only external funding required to fund rapid development and make the business highly cash-generative.

Wellness - Nutritional Food Science
Market Sector: Nutritional Food Science

Science-driven development and production of nutritional ready meals to improve the health and life quality of people with specific health conditions.

This Company aims to improve the health and life quality of their customers who have specific health conditions or who are at risk of developing them, by providing science-driven, delicious, convenient ready meals. The food is either delivered to the customer’s door or via a partner such as the NHS or leading food service operators.

They have just been approved for supply into the NHS via their framework, and are listed on Compass Food Buy, the UK’s largest food service company.

In revenue, they now have a sales run rate direct to the consumer of over £2.3M, (60% up on 2022) and there is also a hugely promising B2B side which has just launched.

In addition, they have recently been awarded a £400k Innovate Grant to develop a range for those surviving breast cancer treatment, that will trial in Q3 24.

Management now seeks £750K to further develop these opportunities.

3D Imagery
Market Sector: Online Visualisation through 3D Photography

Enabling retailers and artists to create and display interactive 3D photos of physical objects for retail and leisure websites.

This Company’s mission is to become the industry standard for allowing users to integrate 3D imagery of their products into online displays.

Retailers and artists can create and display 3D photos of physical objects online that are completely photo-realistic, fully interactive and load approximately 10x quicker than traditional mesh-based 3D renders.

Current retail customers have experienced increased conversion rates by up to 220% and engagement by up to 50%. New clients pay a set-up fee followed by a monthly subscription dependent on the number of products displayed on their webpage in 3D.

Up to now, the adoption of 3D into e-commerce has been very slow due to the long loading times of data-heavy 3D images, plus high costs and logistical complexity. Using their platform overcomes these challenges and can be employed with the user’s existing online set-up.

The management is looking for an injection of 60K which will then release an Innovate UK grant of £100K.

Market Sector - Personal Mobility Vehicles

Innovative new design promoting healthy ageing, social empowerment and inclusivity

The Company aims to disrupt the fast-growing market for electric mobility vehicles and is designed to enhance the health, overall well-being, and social inclusivity of elderly and disabled people.

Conventional mobility scooters are difficult to manoeuvre within confined spaces and dictate that the user must always remain seated, which is mentally and physically unhealthy and can be socially stigmatising.

To overcome these shortfalls, their products offer 360-degree joystick-controlled manoeuvrability and the ability to travel in both standing and seated positions.

A functioning prototype for testing and evaluation purposes has been manufactured and the IP is protected by granted and pending international patents. A high-quality volume sub-contract manufacturer of mobility vehicles has been engaged and relationships have been developed with the top UK mobility trade dealer networks.

The Company is now seeking £400K to fund the development, production and launch of their vehicles.

Market Sector: Feminine Hygiene

A portable, multifunctional cleaning case which users can use to clean their menstrual cup in public bathrooms, and sterilise their cups at home.

This Company’s product is designed to improve the daily experience and environmental impact menstruators have with their period products by making them more user-friendly, accessible, and affordable.

This product is a portable cleaning and sterilising case for the menstrual cup and is suitable for all sizes of cup currently on the market. It can be easily cleaned and sterilised at home in a microwave for 3 minutes.

Switching to the menstrual cup can reduce the amount of sanitary product waste that goes to landfill by 96% and the cost to the menstruator by 94%.

Primarily targeting the 18-24-year-old market, the two co-founders have the product ready to go into production with a UK-based manufacturer as soon as sufficient funding becomes available.

Having recently been awarded a £150K grant from Innovate UK, the founders now seek a further £300K to take the product to market.