Dorset Business Angels Virtual Pitch Event - Autumn 2020

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Our next Virtual Pitch Event on Oct 12th, will see 5 entrepreneurs pitching to investors in an attempt to gain their investment interest.

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During these extraordinary times, Dorset Business Angels has adapted to continue to offer opportunities to Investors and to support innovative early stage businesses.

On October 12th we have our next Virtual Pitch Event, with five carefully selected companies to pitch to our network, despite the current limitations in place on face to face meetings

The event will mirror, as close as we possibly can, the format of our face to face pitch events.

Entrepreneurs will present their pitch decks in a live 10 minute presentation, followed by a 5 minute Q & A session with Investors.

[The format of this event has changed slightly from the previous 2 virtual events as a result of Investors wanting to hear more from the presenters in a live format.]

Following the event, those Investors who have expressed interest will be able to access pitch decks and supportive information via a secure area of our website.

On Monday October 12th from 12.45pm, the Virtual Pitch Event will take place via Zoom. The pitches will begin promptly at 1pm.

A link to join the event on Zoom will be sent out via email to everyone that has registered on Eventbrite in advance of October 12th.

To register for the event you will need to self certify as either a High Net Worth or Sophisticated Investor

The pitches are confirmed as follows:

Market Sector: Interior Design

This local Company has built a platform that has proved to be very successful in appealing to customers seeking help and guidance when undertaking the often daunting task of renovating and furnishing their own home.

The Company is now the most reviewed interior designer in the UK and has been rated the No.1 Design Professional, 3 years running, on the World’s leading platform for home renovations.

The business is scaling up rapidly with sales up 43% in the last financial year, and despite the current Covid-19 situation, sales to-date this year are up 80%. The platform has proved popular with both clients and suppliers, to the extent that a ‘white label’ version is to be launched to further increase both revenue and margin.

The Directors now seek £250K to expand the team, upgrade the platform, grow B2C customers and recruit designers onto a subscription model for access to the SaaS platform.

Market Sector: Sport – Football Talent Spotting

An app for young football players, with personalised content, free to join. They are invited to showcase their talent, by uploading a video which is then analysed using AI technology to find out if they are good enough to make it at a professional level.

This solution was a result of the founders of the Company meeting with many top coaches and managers. They realised that the way football searches for new talent globally is ‘very narrow and archaic’.

The Directors seek to raise £2.6M for a 20% stake, plus a 10% annual pre-dividend profit share.

Market Sector: Classic Cars

One of the biggest challenges for the owner of a classic car is using it enough to justify the upkeep. Current research indicates that 57% of all historic vehicles are used less than 10 times per year. On the other hand, 5 times as many people aspire to drive a classic vehicle, without having to bear the costs of storage and maintenance. This Company bridges this gap and are the only provider of self-drive classic car hire, excluding chauffer driven hire.

Having secured specialist insurance terms, the Company launched its platform 2 weeks before the CV-19 restrictions on travel were imposed, but has already attracted over 100 cars and 400 users to the site.

The Directors are now looking to raise £100K to scale up the business.

Market Sector: Electron Source Technology

This Company has made a fundamental breakthrough in Electron Source Technology, which is used in a wide range of applications, notably Satellite Propulsion, 3D Printing, Advanced Metrology Systems and High-Power, High Frequency Communication Systems, to name but a few. Their equipment, which is fully patented, offers 10x better performance than any other solution in use today. They have no close competitors that can approach the performance of their products and the technical barriers to entry are high.

Having raised £2.8M to-date in previous rounds, the Directors now seek a further 5-700K to complete the development program, after which negotiations with interested industrial partners can commence. First device sales are forecast in 2022.

Market Sector: Grill Technology

This company pitched to DBA in 2019 and return with a one-off, highly discounted share offer for DBA members .

They are a small British manufacturer with 18 employees and are based in Cambridgeshire. The grill is now in its 3rd generation and they have sold over 2000 grills in the UK alone. Much has happened since they pitched in 2019, including year on year sales growth of 142%.

 This virtual event is suitable for:

  • Angel Investors
  • Those considering becoming an Angel Investor
  • Support services involved in or interested in becoming involved with Angel investment

This virtual event is not suitable for:

  • New business networking
  • Finding new clients
  • Entrepreneurs considering a future pitch to investors*

*This is event is for Investors, it is only fair to presenting companies to ensure all attendees are genuine or potential investors.

Professionals who want to personally invest or, who have a portfolio of clients to whom Angel investing may be of interest are very welcome to attend this virtual event. If you have a specific requirement to attend or if you are unsure whether this event is right for you, please email and we will be pleased to assist.

Non Member Investor Self-Certification is Required for the Virtual Event

Under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (as amended 2005) investors must "self-certify" by meeting simple criteria as "High Net Worth" or "Sophisticated" Investors.There is a tick box facility within the booking process which enable you to confirm your status.

Members of Dorset Business Angels will have already submitted this information and need not do it again.

Visitors, who are neither members or investors are welcome to attend the virtual event for information only purposes and must understand that they can only invest in a non regulated investment on becoming a paid up member of Dorset Business Angels.

Pitchers - We also wish to point out that companies or individuals seeking investment through the Dorset Business Angels must ensure that the information presented to potential investors is neither inaccurate or misleading. They are, accordingly, similarly advised to seek guidance from someone authorised under the Act.


Any information provided on the website or other communication is for information purposes only. The website and other communications and their content are not, and should not be deemed to be an offer of, or invitation to engage in any investment activity. The website and other communications should not be construed as advice, or a personal recommendation by Dorset Business Angels Network Limited. Dorset Business Angels Network Limited is not authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The content of this promotion is not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA). Reliance on the promotion for the purpose of engaging in any investment activity may expose an individual to a significant risk of losing all of the investment. UK residents wishing to participate in this promotion must fall into the category of sophisticated investor or high net worth individual as outlined by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

 How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any issues booking your ticket. Please email our Events Manager: Debbie Frith

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