Dorset Business Angels Pitch Event
Dorset Business Angels Network Limited provide quality, private equity investment opportunities to local High Net Worth and Sophisticated Investors.
We help early-stage businesses find equity capital, especially in southern England, our local area.
We do this by bringing our investors and entrepreneurs together to accelerate the growth of early-stage businesses.
The October 9th event marks our 10th anniversary!
Join us for a special champagne reception and networking from 5.30pm in the Causerie Suite, enjoy refreshments whilst meeting and catching up with fellow investors, DBA sponsors and the DBA team.
The pitch presentations will start at 6.10pm with a speical 10th anniversary welcome from Steve Berry, DBA’s Honorary President and an introduction from our Chairman, Don McQueen.
Five carefully selected companies seeking investment will make a 15-minute pitch each, after which there is time for Q&A. Then, expressions of interest from Angel Investors are registered for further action. Once the pitch presentations are finished, those staying for dinner will enjoy a 2-course private meal with wine and a chance to start new conversations and continue those started earlier in the evening.
Five entrepreneurs will pitch:
Pitch 1: Market Sector: Trade Parts Online Marketplace
An online marketplace to help tradespeople identify and buy plumbing and heating parts faster
This Company’s platform is a B2B marketplace for industrial spare parts, that helps plumbing and heating engineering firms identify and locate spare parts in seconds. No one supplier can hope to keep an inventory of all the spare parts for a particular product or system, so the task of locating a specific part becomes harder as product ranges increase. Sometimes it can take procurement teams weeks to source a spare, resulting in project delays and inflated prices.
The platform now has over 250,000 products across 3,000 stores, and customer searches are growing rapidly. To date, all orders have been profitable with an average order value of> £75.00.
Management now seeks a further £170K to complete their current SEIS round.
Pitch 2: Market Sector: Video Fire Detection Systems
Video fire detection solution protects areas that are currently impossible to cover with conventional fire detection systems.
Even with today’s advanced fire detection systems, certain buildings are deemed by the fire industry to be “unprotectable” because no reliable detection system exists. Typical examples include large indoor areas such as warehouses, and areas with a high air particle content, where traditional smoke and heat detectors are ineffective.
This Company’s system provides a rapid, reliable fire detection system for this type of environment. The Company was formed in 2012 and development work continued over the next 7 years until the product was ready to go to market.
There are now over 125 systems protecting a wide range of facilities in nine different countries. The management now seeks £700K to continue scaling up the business.
Pitch 3: Market Sector: Listen and Read Digital Book Platform
A fully integrated listen-and-read experience, at an affordable price without a subscription.
Digital books, (unlike digital news), are not good enough to keep young people engaged in books, especially for the one in five that struggle with traditional reading. In addition, any move to a digital format will go some way towards reducing the 320 million physical books that end up in landfill annually.
This Company sells audiobooks in an exclusive listen-and read format with prices starting for as little as £7.99, together with incentives that reward consumers for every five full-price titles they buy.
With 50K titles available, over 70K people in 30 countries have downloaded the Company’s app with a conversion rate of 20% of the downloads leading to a digital book purchase. Nearly half of their audience is under 35.
The management now seeks £1M to continue the expansion.
Pitch 4: Market Sector: Repurposing Ocean Plastic Waste
Transforming the ocean’s most harmful plastics into purposeful optical products built for adventure.
Lost or discarded fishing gear at sea is the most abundant and harmful form of marine plastic pollution around the UK coastline and the Company has generated £1.9M in revenue to-date converting these plastics into sunglasses and optical glasses frames.
Over 25,000 pairs have been sold worldwide through 150 physical retailers with an RRP of £45 – £110. Their marketing has shown that consumers are four times
more likely to purchase from a purpose-driven brand and 60% of UK consumers are willing to pay more for sustainable products.
Management is now seeking £600K to scale up the business.
Pitch 5: Market Sector: Capture and Share your Sailing Experiences
A free app with a mission to be the best way to keep your sailing all in one place in the form of a unique digital logbook.
Even in today’s high-tech environment, there is no way to record and share a sailing experience, other than an outdated paper logbook. This Company’s mission statement is simple – “to make sailing more accessible & easier than ever to get on the water”.
The core product is a mobile app, that allows a sailor to create a profile, log voyages and store qualifications in a digital wallet. From this information, the system then automatically generates a sailor ‘CV’.
The business model is a Freemium model, where sailors can create a profile for free, with a paid subscription available for additional features. Additional revenue streams are advertising, affiliate revenue, crew matching and data analysis packages. A unique dataset of sailing voyages and profiles is being compiled, which already covers 82% of the world’s coastal countries.
The business is scaling rapidly with 5,000 users onboard in 12 months, no paid marketing and a 4.9/5 rating in the App Store. The first revenue models are on track to be launched by the end of 2023.
The founders now seek a further £290K to continue development and marketing. DBA already has an investment in this Company.
- Pan-fried salmon, creamy pommel puree, buttered asparagus, garlic and coriander cream sauce (GF)
- Spinach and ricotta cannelloni, pomodoro sauce, rocket leaves with garlic bread (V)
- Pan-fried chicken supreme, fondant potato, green beans, Bordelaise sauce (GF)
- Warmed chocolate brownie, chocolate sauce served with vanilla ice cream
- Honeycomb cheesecake, chocolate sauce
- Selection of ice cream (GF)
Tea & Coffee
This 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 event is not suitable for:
- New business networking
- Finding new clients
- Entrepreneurs considering a future pitch to investors*
*This 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. If you have a specific requirement to attend or if you are unsure whether this event is right for you, please email email@example.com and we will be pleased to assist.
Non-Member Investor Self-Certification is Required for the 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.
Therefore, any investor should read and sign the documentation via our About page on our website, either a High Net Worth Investor Certificate or a Sophisticated Investor Certificate, as is appropriate.
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 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).
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