Raising Finance

At London Business Angels we have been successfully helping companies raise equity finance since 1982; our approach to raising finance is long established and well respected. We are a quality rather than quantity network, seeking out only the most innovative fast growth businesses for our discerning investors.

We receive up to 1000 business plans each year from entrepreneurs looking for equity investment to grow their businesses. We carefully review each of these, selecting 40-50 of the most innovative businesses to present to our investors.

Selected companies will formally pitch their investment proposition to our investors at one of LBA's Company Presentation Events which take place throughout the year in central London; normally six companies present to the LBA investor community at each event.

Although we are based in London we are interested in any UK based opportunity, as long as it fits with our stringent investment criteria below. If you think you've got what it takes to succeed and are looking for funding of between £100,000 and £1m, we would like to hear from you. Click here to find out more about the unrivalled service that LBA provides.

Please note that we now offer one to two slots per company presentation event to companies which meet the paramters of the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/d/seed_enterprise_investment_scheme.pdf). Our investment criteria are less stringent for SEIS eligible companies which have the potential for explosive growth and where there is scope for another funding round to apply 

Our Standard Investment Criteria

  1. UK Registered Company
    We seek opportunities from across the UK - unfortunately we cannot consider international companies at this time.
  2. Seeking between £100k and £2m equity finance
    In return for a negotiable equity stake.
  3. Eligible for EIS/SEIS tax relief
    This is essential - please visit www.hmrc.gov.uk/eis to find out if your business qualifies.
  4. Most Stages/Sectors Considered
    Apart from property and film/events. We have a particular focus on technology (web/mobile/software, medtech, cleantech)
  5. Attractive market
    A significant and growing addressable market, and an international expansion strategy if appropriate.
  6. High Growth Business
    With an innovative and scalable business model.
  7. Sustainable competitive advantage
    A clear competitive advantage, scalability and high barriers to entry, for example through intellectual property protection or exclusive commercial arrangements.
  8. Potential for explosive growth
    Your company should have the potential to become a market leader in the near term.
  9. Strong management team
    An experienced management team with relevant operational/sector experience.
  10. Validation within the market place
  11. Can be taken to market with little or no further development
    Past the initial concept stage or for hi-tech investments beyond ‘Proof of Concept’.
  12. Seeking an Exit in the medium term
    Normally via acquisition/trade sale of stock market flotation, generating a significant return for both company directors and investors.

If you think your business matches our criteria then we would be delighted to hear from you. Please click here to find out more about the unrivalled service that LBA provides for high growth businesses.