Dorset Business Angels Virtual Investor Pitches launched

Virtual Pitches

Dorset Business Angels (DBA) April pitch event has been relaunched as a virtual pitch platform which will enable 5 businesses the opportunity to continue to seek investment from the business angels.

DBA Chairman Don McQueen said, “Despite the current Coronavirus pandemic and the extremely challenging times that we are experiencing, we have decided to carry on with our pitch event. We had initially considered cancelling the quarterly pitches but it became very evident that the businesses involved were very keen for it to continue.

“The DBA investors and our partners feel that it is our duty in the current climate to reach out to businesses, help out with funding, provide inspiration, mentoring and much needed enthusiasm and commitment.”

Ian Girling, CEO of Dorset Chamber of Commerce commented, “We all need to think differently about how we do business in these times, it’s essential to keep the wheels of businesses moving forward.  Investment is needed more than ever and I commend the commitment of Dorset Business Angels to the business community and seeking to carry on with their investments but via a changed platform.”

The 5 pitching businesses will upload their presentations to a DBA Members’ hub online. Angels will be able to submit questions to the entrepreneurs and register interest, where appropriate.

DBA was formed in 2013 with the aim to bring investors and entrepreneurs together to accelerate the growth of early stage businesses. DBA provides quality, private equity investment opportunities to local high net worth (HNW) and sophisticated investors (SI).

Four times a year companies are invited to attend an event at which they pitch their business to the savvy Angels in a Dragon’s Den type scenario. Angel investment might come from a single investor or it could be 2 or 3 Angels pooling funds together to support a company. Any investments are in the form of an equity investment and not a debtor’s loan. Investments are made across all sectors.

DBA is sponsored by Saffery Champness Accountants, Ellis Jones Solicitors and Investec Wealth and Investment.

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Our Pitch Events

There are four pitch events per year, held in February, April, June and October. Usually hosted at the Bournemouth Carlton Hotel or virtually via Zoom.

At each pitch event there will be 5 business presentation pitches of 10-15 minutes, to suit all investor appetites. These will be selected by the Dorset Business Angels directors nearer to the event. Short summaries will be posted to our Events page and distributed via our newsletter ahead of the event. Each pitch includes a Q&A session and is followed by a investor debate, held privately.

These pitches and our other social events are ideal opportunities for networking and learning about what is new and trending in a variety of industries. If you would like to be involved you can find out more on our Investors Membership page.

Our Next Pitch Event

Registration to our next event on October 4th 2021 is via our Eventbrite page.

Please be aware that online events will run whilst social distancing is advised.

2021 Pitch Events

Monday 4th October 2021

2022 Pitch Events

Monday 31st January, Monday 4th April, Monday 20th June, Monday 3rd October