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Published: October 9, 2019 | Updated: October 9, 2019

Go on, be an angel! Would-be investors invited to next Dorset Business Angels’ pitch event

The October pitch event organised by Dorset Business Angels features five diverse businesses.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Would-be investors looking to back the next big idea are being urged to book a place at this month’s Dorset Business Angels’ pitch evening.

The event, on Monday October 28 at the Hallmark Hotel Bournemouth Carlton, involves businesses pitching in a Dragon’s Den type forum.

The aim is to grab the attention, and crucially investment, from angel investors.

The five selected to pitch at this month’s event are:

1. A company specialising in the manufacture of aluminium matrix composite materials.  These are used in many applications in the aerospace, marine, automotive and sport industries. They exhibit the same strength as today’s familiar carbon-fibre structures, but have the advantage of lower weight and cost.

2. An ecommerce company whose ambitious aim is to disrupt the major players in the B2C marketplace by offering a fairer and more transparent experience for both its buyers and sellers.

3. A workplace practices company that has launched an ‘adaptability’ platform, with artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and predictability insights to produce an ‘Adaptability Quotient’ for the individuals and the organisation they work for.  Describing an ‘AQ’ score as a step-ladder for job seekers, a lifeline for employees and a valuable metric for CEO’s, HR Depts, investors and recruitment companies.

4. A company in the childcare sector which has patented a jacket expander which allows its wearers to continue wearing their favourite jacket throughout pregnancy and afterwards when carrying their baby. The product is stocked in over 80 UK retail outlets and is available on Amazon in Europe, USA and Canada. An efficient ecommerce website serves retailers and distributors across Europe.

5. A company in the  Software as a service (Saas) sector which measures personal productivity linked to goals, using AI and machine learning to create a product unique to the market. The platform is currently being used successfully by over 100 coaches and more than 10,000 clients with the aim of attracting more SME’s and larger corporates.

Don McQueen, Chairman of Dorset Business Angels (DBA), pictured left, said: “We would very much like to encourage potential investors to come along, network and maybe discover an exciting, new investor proposition.

“Even if someone has not invested before you would be made very welcome at our event, even to just come along and listen.

“As ever, we received a large number of applications from businesses interested in pitching and have selected a diverse mix to come along and present to us.”

DBA was formed in 2013 with the aim of bringing investors and entrepreneurs together to accelerate the growth of early stage businesses.

It provides quality, private equity investment opportunities to local high net worth and sophisticated investors.

Four times a year companies are invited to attend an event when they can pitch their business to the savvy angels in a Dragon’s Den type scenario.

Angel investment could come from a single investor or it could be two or three angels pooling funds together to support a company.

Any investments are in the form of an equity investment and not a debtor’s loan. Investments are made across all sectors.

DBA is sponsored by Saffery Champness Accountants, Ellis Jones Solicitors and Investec Wealth and Investment.

To book a place at the DBA pitch event, please visit  www.dorsetbusinessangels.co.uk/Pitch-Evening.aspx