Angel Investors in London and the UK

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As someone who has a strong interest in startups and entrepreneurship, as well as working as a lawyer who regularly puts early stage investment deals together, I often get asked by clients and contacts to recommend angel investors who may be interested in their project.

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A client of mine is looking to raise an investment round of £500,000 for their global P2P platform that is already generating good revenue and building a strong database. The company is not interested in carrying out an equity crowdfunding campaign, but is keen to raise the money from a syndicate of angels they can attract to the business. After catching up with a couple of angel investors I know to get their views I thought I’d share their feedback, which startup founders looking for finance should find useful.

The first angel I spoke to (who is also a very experienced entrepreneur) said that:

“£500K is the worst amount to be raising and there’s a scarcity of good angels in the UK to raise that amount. It’s too little for Vultures, so you’ll likely end up as a carcass, if you manage to secure a deal with them. For one thing I’d stick it on AngelList and obsess over marketing like hell on there for two weeks. There’s a good chance of getting a better valuation on there and raising money quickly if cards are played right”

This article in Wired UK gives a good overview of how AngelList works and what the benefits of using it are.

The second angel I caught up with recommended approaching AngelLab and Enterprise 100 (the London Business School’s angel investor network), two angel groups in London I had yet to hear about. Both groups are free to present to and raise money from and are also are filled with very experienced investors.

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