Pitch Events

DBA offers two types of pitch events...

We hold a minimum of four Pitch Presentation Evening and Investors’ Dinners each year.  The events offer extensive opportunities for networking with Dorset Business Angels, Investors, and our extended network, before and after the pitch session.

Entrepreneurs present their pitch deck in a 10 minute presentation, then a 5 minute Q & A session with them follows. Entrepreneurs leave the room and the Investors’ discuss the opportunity for a further 5 minutes, at this point interest from Investors is registered. Any interest gained during the evening is shared privately with the Entrepreneurs straight away, similarly if there is no interest, brief feedback will be given.

The events are held in Bournemouth and follow this programme:

5.30pm:      Reception drinks and networking

6.15pm:      DBA Chair welcome and sponsor presentation

6.30pm:      Entrepreneurs pitch presentations

8.30pm:      2 course dinner with wine and coffee

9.30pm:      Event closes

Note: Entrepreneurs are only required to attend for their presentation slot.

Entrepreneurs- further information can be found here

Investors – read about the benefits of membership here.

Our Virtual Pitch Events/Offers run throughout the year and offer Investors the opportunity to consider investments outside of our Pitch Presentation Evenings. We started these in response to the Covid challenge, and they were a great success. We will run them in future as an additional showcase for pitches, as well as our face-to-face Investors’ Dinners.

Entrepreneurs share with potential Investors a preview of their offer, via our Virtual Pitch Platform including their:

  • One page summary sheet
  • Pitch deck
  • 3 minute pitch presentation video

Investors have the opportunity to ask questions of the Entrepreneurs in writing, the answers to which are circulated in full, prior to the Virtual Pitch Event.

The Virtual Pitch Event takes place by video conference 3 – 4 weeks after information is made available for preview and is facilitated by a DBA Director.

Here, we follow a similar format to our Pitch Presentation Evenings (see above); each Entrepreneur is invited to provide a 5 minute live presentation, followed by a 5 minute Q & A session with Investors, after which they leave the event and a discussion between Investors takes place, any interest is registered at this point.  Entrepreneurs receive feedback following the virtual event.

Note: Entrepreneurs need only attend the event for their presentation slot.

Entrepreneurs- further information can be found here

Investors – read about the benefits of membership here.

On July 6th 2020 we held a Virtual Pitch Event

The five presentations were as follows.

Neuromarketing

Neuromarketing

The application of neuroscience to marketing began around 15 years ago and includes the direct use of brain imaging, scanning and other brain activity measurement technology, to measure a subject's response to specific products such as packaging, advertising, or other marketing elements.

This Company is developing a user-testing suite that maps facial expressions and monitors the emotional responses of a typical viewer to a particular advertising stimulus. The results are compared to a database of responses in order to determine how successful the ‘creative’ is likely to be. The project has received in-house funding to-date, but now requires £250K to continue development into a stand-alone agency.

Remote condition monitoring of hardware devices

Remote monitoring

A spin-out from Cambridge University in 2015, this Company has developed a successful ’fit and forget’ solution for the ever-increasing need for the ‘remote condition monitoring’ of hardware devices. The befits include early warning of equipment failure, increased operational efficiency, energy reduction and regulatory compliance.

The Company is now raising £2M of investment to offer its products and software subscription services to an ever-growing industrial world-wide market.

Marine systems and equipment

The Company’s products are designed to give boat owners real-time load data that will allow them to sail their boats faster. Their system provides wireless load-sensing technology for rigging and soft line/ropes.

The rig loading on the vessel has a strong influence on the shape of the sails and hence the speed of the boat. This type of information capture lags behind other technologies in the sailing market and this platform is designed to fill a significant gap that currently exists. In addition to the above benefits, the equipment also provides a range of safety data, by giving real-time warnings when equipment on the vessel is becoming overloaded.

The Company now seeks £200K of funding to support and scale up the commercial launch of the equipment earlier this year.

Home cooking – recipe boxes

This Company started selling a range of Indian and Italian dishes in late 2019 and had included Japanese and Spanish menus by the start of this year. They now offer a total of 77 recipes across 30 menus to UK customers, with more recipes in the pipeline. They are now the largest supplier of box-brand recipes in the UK and are ranked highest on internet comparison sites.

They are seeking funding of £1M to continue the current growth rate and add more recipes to their range.

Corrugated cardboard manufacture

Theft Prevention

This Company aims to disrupt the corrugated cardboard market that has seen little innovation over the past 50 years or so. Current manufacturing methods use large scale ‘corrugators’ that are expensive to purchase and run, and require large amounts of gas, electricity and water to operate.

They have developed a ‘steam-free’ corrugator that requires no process water, uses 78% less energy than the traditional manufacturing process and occupies 88% less space than current equipment of a similar capacity. This will allow individual packaging companies to increase their margins by bringing board manufacture in-house, thus allowing them to produce just enough product to meet their short-term requirements. This avoids the current large investment needed to provide sufficient warehousing capacity for all grades of corrugated board they normally require.

With strong patent-protected IP, they now plan to subcontract the manufacture of their equipment to keep overhead costs low and are seeking £700K to run their sales and marketing operations.