Dorset Business Angels welcomed a wealth of new investor talent to their quarterly pitch event which took place at the Bournemouth Carlton Hotel, with all 5 pitching businesses being successful in grabbing investor interest. The pitching line-up offered a diverse mix of sectors and entrepreneurial talent.
The ‘Dragons type Den’ initiative sees each presenting business with a strict ten minutes to make a compelling case for investment, followed by ten minutes of investors posing questions to the presenting entrepreneurs.
‘Building investments in the palm of your hand’
There was keen interest from investors in a presentation from an app platform which has the proud claim that it allows users to build their own trading strategies ‘in the palm of their hand’, discover investments and access professional trading tools without any coding.
‘Sports recovery and nutritional drink mix brand’
Investors warmed to the bubbly and infectious personality of Simon, the CEO and founder of an ‘in revenue’ sports recovery and nutritional drink mix brand. As a former professional athlete, the pitch was dynamic, fast-paced and quickly grabbed attention.
‘A network of public electric aircraft charges’
A company installing and managing a network of public electric aircraft chargers at remote UK airfields took to the floor. Electric-powered aircraft are already flying. Although not yet certified for general commercial use, short-range commuting journeys will soon become a reality. As electric aircraft increase in size and numbers, systems will be required to address the widespread commercialisation of electric aviation, within the commercial parameters of pre-existing general aviation business models.
‘Adventure starts here – video, digital and print content creation’
A video, digital and print content creation and distribution for the adventure market, with the strapline, ‘Adventure starts here’ grabbed attention with a compelling adventure sports video and shared with the audience how more people than ever now engage in some sort of outdoor activity, with many engaging in more than one activity, they can only, however, access single-activity media content.
‘Digital health platform’
A Health tech SaaS (software as a service) enabled platform was introduced. The presenter, with 20 years-experience in digital health advised the investor audience that ‘Dietitians, nutritionists, counsellors, therapists, coaches and more work alone and siloed.
Dorset Business Angels Chairman, Don McQueen commented, “It was great to welcome this expanding group of such experienced and high calibre investors. There was lots of interesting and insightful questioning and discussions, with investors drawing on their individual sector experience to probe further.
“We always encourage new guests to our pitch evenings. It’s worth coming along to find out what Angel investing is all about – we promise that you won’t be expected to get your chequebook out on the night!”
DBA was formed in 2013 and provides quality, private equity investment opportunities to local high net worth (HNW) and sophisticated investors (SI). Any investments are in the form of an equity investment and not a debtor’s loan. Investments are made across all sectors.
Angel investment might come from a single investor, or it could be 2 or 3 Angels pooling funds together to support a company as a syndicate.
DBA is sponsored by Saffery Champness Accountants, Ellis Jones Solicitors and Investec Wealth and Investment. To book on to the pitch event in April visit our events page.