Excitement builds for local pitches at the Dorset Business Angels June event

Gin, financial services, wellness and care in the home sectors feature

Excitement and anticipation is building for the upcoming Dorset Business Angels (DBA) pitch event which takes place on Monday 24th June.  5 businesses will take to the floor, in a bid to impress the savvy entrepreneurs and seek investment to allow ambitious business growth and expansion.  Investors are being encouraged to attend the evening, which includes a pre pitch drinks and networking reception, pitches and dinner.

Dorset’s first gin distillery leading the UK’s gin renaissance

First to pitch to the Angels will be a hugely successful Dorset gin brand, well-known to many in the region.  The Bournemouth based business sold its first bottle of their award-winning Dorset Dry Gin in April 2015, just one year after the business’s founder left his successful career as a chartered surveyor in London, with ambitious plans to launch Dorset’s first gin distillery. In just 4 years they have become a nationally recognised brand, leading the UK’s gin renaissance.  They have a growing team of 9 staff who distil and bottle over 1,000 bottles a week, supplying to leading brands such as Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Tesco and Ocado.

The business is hungry to scale up to the next stage, keen to capitalise on their brand value and move into the national supermarket supply chain, begin exporting and up-scale their facilities and premises to a much larger scale world-class standard visitor distillery. They are seeking equity funding of £400,000 at a £4m valuation.

‘Netflix of fitness’

The next business seeking investment will be a company which describes itself as the ‘Netflix of fitness’ and promotes fitness Apps and online training programmes.  In revenue, with an establish and rapidly expanding cloud-based fitness platform, it offers personal home fitness workouts for the body as well as mental health content.

A financial services compliance technology solution

A business in the compliance software surveillance tech sector has developed a patented technology platform to capture, analyse, store, and archive for near instant retrieval any communication type – electronic, audio, or market data – in real-time, securely from the source. With the sharp increase in regulatory requirements in financial services, evolving regulation is driving the need for an all-encompassing compliance technology solution.

Identifying burn-out in the workplace

A business founded in the wellness sector in January 2018 has developed a predictive model for large corporates aimed at identifying ‘burn-out’ in the workplace. The model is currently being assessed by a multi-national organisation in a research pilot study that is looking for ‘burn-out trends in 6000 employees based in the UK and North America. Discussions are also underway with other potential commercial and academic partners.

Replacing ‘red-button’ alert pendants

A ’Care in the Home’ company has developed technology that replaces the old ‘red-button’ alert pendants used by the elderly, to report an accident in the home. This system is designed to shorten fall discovery times from hours to just minutes and provides ongoing fall prevention by using AI algorithms.

Don McQueen, Chairman of Dorset Business Angels advised, “We welcome potential investors to come along, network and maybe discover an exciting, new investor proposition! Even if someone has not invested before you would be made very welcome at our event.”

The evening will include a brief guest presentation from the inspiring Head of Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth, Angharad Holloway. Angharad will be updating the Angels on the School’s ‘Think Big’ vision for the future, combining creativity with technology and will advise on the School’s ongoing STEAM vision.

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.

To book a place at the DBA Pitch Event visit our Eventbrite page.


Our Pitch Events

There are four pitch events per year, in 2024 they will be held in February, May, September and November. Hosted at a Bournemouth 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 an 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

Takes place on May 20th 2024 and is open to Members and High Net Worth/Sophisticated Investors from our wider community. 

Register now.

2024 Events

May 20th - Pitch event

September 30th - Lead Investor Workshop & Pitch Event
*The workshop is available to book now.

November 25th - Pitch event