How Dorset Business Angels can help you get funding

Funding

The primary, and best opportunity to get funding is pitching to our Dorset Business Angels (DBA) investors but there are also other ways we can help a business get funding.

Pitches

This is a business presentation lasting ten minutes, with five minutes of questions from investors, called a pitch – similar to Dragon’s Den on TV (but a little more sober). We hold events every 3 months, which you can read about and book to attend here. And the dates are publicised on our News page here.

Other Opportunities

There are five pitches every three months and more businesses approach us than there are available slots. Not all businesses who submit Business Plans to us have viable plans in the view of our review panel. However for those with potential, who are either unsuccessful getting a pitching slot, or for timing reasons, unable to pitch, there are other opportunities we can offer….

Members Page

On our Members Page, open only to signed up investor members, we include deals, and preview these in Member Newsletters.

Partner Networks and Organisations

We have long established relationships with other angel/investment networks who both refer to us and vice versa. We are also careful to ensure that if a business or individual approaches us and it is more appropriate they are directed to a grant, debt, professional services organisation or similar, then we do so. Hence our networking and relationships have always been crucial and effective.

UK Business Angels Association – DealShare

It is a private, members-only platform which we can use as UKBAA members, designed to improve deal flow and create co-investment opportunities for the UKBAA community. The DealShare allows UKBAA members to share deals with one another via a simple online marketplace, either by listing and managing the deal themselves, or by referring an entrepreneur that can be invited to do this directly. NB only UKBAA members will have access to this, which is fine, because that means across that UK angel networks, venture capital groups, crowdfunders and investors – in considerable numbers. Who can then if interested approach the entrepreneur.

It is not directly open to entrepreneurs and you need to have an invitation from one of our members or from UKBAA to upload any content.

Who uses DealShare?

The DealShare is used by all members of the UKBAA including 70 angel groups, 30 VCs, 15 equity crowdfunding platforms and hundreds of individual investors.

UKBAA members are free to research and enquire about any deals on the platform, to add and manage their own deals and to invite entrepreneurs to the platform too.

More on the benefits of DealShare and how it works here.

Pitch Perfect

Experience shows us that face to face presentations are the best option. Considerable sums of money are being sought. However, there are a mix of opportunities available, described above, some of which may be a starting point. To be subsequently followed by a pitch perhaps. The choice is yours.

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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 June 14th 2021 will be via our Eventbrite page, available mid-May.

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

2021 Pitch Events

Monday 14th June 2021 - Booking will be open mid-May
Monday 4th October 2021

2022 Pitch Events

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