Lead Angel Investor Workshop

Investing in Entrepreneurs: Lead Angel Investor Workshop

Date: September 30th
Time: From 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm
[The workshop will start promptly at 3.00 pm. Please arrive 10-15 minutes beforehand to settle in.]
Venue: The Bournemouth Carlton Hotel
Ticket price: £25.00 per person*

*We encourage attendees to also book for the pitch presentation evening, including dinner (additional cost £47.50). The pitch event follows the workshop, beginning at 5.30 pm.

Seasoned investor, and Chairman of Dorset Business Angels (DBA) Don McQueen, leads this 2-hour workshop for existing angel investors who wish to learn more about the lead investor process.

The lead investor plays a pivotal role in facilitating angel investment deals. They anchor rounds by conducting thorough due diligence, negotiating terms, and bridging communications between entrepreneurs and the rest of the investing syndicate. They drive the investment process forward through organisational skills and commitment to regular investor updates. When there is a strong lead investor at the helm, the remainder of the backers can participate confidently, deal negotiation is streamlined for entrepreneurs, and successful funding outcomes become more likely. Cultivating lead investor skills locally is key to unlocking more early-stage capital for promising ventures in our angel investing community.

The Workshop Objective

This interactive workshop will equip angel investors with the skills and knowledge needed to successfully lead investment rounds.

Key Outcomes:

  • Build a strong pipeline of lead investors to facilitate deals
  • Create consistent investor follow-up processes to improve communication with entrepreneurs
  • Increase close rates on high-potential opportunities through effective due diligence practices
  • Create strong post-event relationships between investors and pitchers through clear expectation-setting

By participating, you will be able to step into leadership roles in deal facilitation, conduct organised due diligence, and bridge communications between all parties throughout the investment process.

Speakers & Q & A Panel:

Don McQueen, DBA Chairman & Investor

Don is an experienced entrepreneur, mentor, M&A specialist, investor and NED. He has started, built, grown and exited several high-tech and telecoms businesses and now chairs numerous company boards. Don has an MBA from INSEAD and a top first engineering degree from Bristol University and is an ex-strategy consultant. He built his own group up to over 200 staff and £50M in revenue before semi-retiring in 2011.

Don is passionate about helping others to be successful and always looks for win-win negotiations and creative deal structures.

Frank Guinn, DBA Vice Chairman & Investor

After spending the early years of his career with two “Blue-Chips”, Frank bought an ailing electronics display business in 1978 which grew quickly to become a ‘tier-one’ supplier to military and civil OEM customers. By 2005, the group had grown into 5 companies, supplying the automotive, marine, avionic, military and IT markets. After exiting the business in 2009 he became an Angel Investor, Mentor and Management Consultant. Frank has spent the last 10 years helping start-up and early revenue companies refine their Business Plans and restructure their day-to-day operations, sometimes taking a full-time position as interim CEO and facilitating scale-up finance.


Max Wright, DBA Director & Investor

Max has been an Entrepreneur all of his life, having started, grown and sold a number of businesses in many different fields.  He is also an experienced Mentor, Coach and Advisor. With over 45 years of practical experience, Max is proud of having studied at the University of Life and has been there and done that and learnt from his own mistakes. Max has also invested in a number of businesses and also sits on the Board of some and is passionate about helping other Entrepreneurs to better develop themselves and become more successful.


Refreshments will be provided


  • Bournemouth Carlton Hotel

This event is suitable for:

  • Experienced, self-certified angel investors

This event is not suitable for:

  • New business networking
  • Finding new clients
  • Those considering pitching for angel investment
  • Trainee angel investors

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To book your ticket for the September 30th Lead Investor Workshop

Please note that attendees are encouraged to attend the pitch presentation evening which runs immediately after the workshop at the same venue.
Pitch presentations will be confirmed in late August, tickets can be purchased now via our Eventbrite booking page where you can select the workshop and pitch event options.

If you have a specific requirement to attend or if you are unsure whether this event is right for you, please email contact@dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk and we will be pleased to assist.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email Debbie Frith.