Would you like to pitch at our next Dorset Business Angels (DBA), Investors’ Dinner?

Here is what you need to do

Our next event is 10th February, and the deadline to apply to pitch is the 3rd of January. What we need if you are interested in pitching is the following:

  1. Ideally a One Page Summary– see our Entrepreneur Resources website page for a template.
  2. Your Business Plan– again see the Entrepreneur Resources website page – which normally includes financials i.e. cashflows, P&L and Balance Sheet.
  3. And include item 3 which is as per the key points covered in the Pitching Checklist

These are essential points that investors want to know about any investment they may consider. Your accountant, lawyer, Finance Director or other professional advisers may help you to produce this information. If you have a PowerPoint Presentation or a similar presentation, then so much the better.

All this will enable our screening team to understand immediately if there is or is not potential. Peter Eales one of our founder directors and General Manager forwards this information to Frank Guinn our Vice Chairman to review. Frank will contact you to say if we would like to short-list your pitch for the Investors Dinner Event, or if we have more questions.

Your Pitching Checklist for Presenting to Angel Investors

Here is your pitching checklist for presenting to Angel Investors. There are 8 key items that should be included in any pitch. At Dorset Business Angels we list these on our website Entrepreneur Resources page for all companies who approach us interested in presenting to us. Here is the list:

  1. Explain what your product or service is and what problem or opportunity it addresses
    and / or solves?
  2. Itemise any IP associated with the product/service and confirm that the Company is the owner?
  3. Who is your target customer?
  4. Who are your competitors and what is it that makes your product, or service, unique, or different to theirs?
  5. What stage is your business at, are you pre-revenue, already trading, or if not, when will you be so?
  6. How many of the current Shareholders / Directors have actually invested their own money into the business and how much is that and what shareholding do they own?
  7. What is your “Pre–money” valuation of the business and how did you arrive at this figure?
  8. Explain exactly what the offer is to the potential Angel Investor, what % of the business do they get for their cash and also, what is the proposed Exit value and therefore the multiple of their investment that they could achieve?

Invitation to Pitch

To receive an invitation to pitch to our members means you will have had your Business Plan and the detailed financial forecasts approved by our Screening Committee. Your forecasts will have satisfactorily explained how any funding raised by DBA will be used to scale up the business and in addition, you will have supplied us with an indication of the funding required, the pre-money valuation of your Company and the equity you are prepared to offer our members in return for their investment.

Should you accept our invitation to pitch, you will then have  approximately 4 weeks to prepare your presentation slides and send them to us, so that we can incorporate them onto our system prior to your arrival.  At your allotted time, you will have 10 minutes to describe your product or service, after which there will be a 10 minute Q&A session.

You will then be asked to leave the room whilst the members discuss your proposal. Members who are keen to learn more will then express an interest and become involved in the due-diligence process. A ‘lead’ investor appointed from the group will contact you a few days later to arrange the first meeting, which usually takes place at the Company’s premises.

First Steps

The deadline for plans is the 3rd January (we like to get them about 5-6 weeks before events) in this case the event is 10th February. The DBA Directors will then choose 5 businesses to pitch on February 10th and tell the successful candidates 9th January. Good luck if you have already submitted a plan and please let us have yours if you have not.

Our contact details:
E-mail: contact@dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk

Phone: 0843 532 9777
If you have any questions, speak to Peter Eales, Director, via the above contact links

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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 bulletin 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 April 26th 2021 is via our Eventbrite page. Details will be updated towards the end of March.

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

2021 Pitch Events

Monday 26th April 2021
Monday 14th June 2021
Monday 4th October 2021