London Business Angels (LBA) is an alternative investment firm that invests in high-growth private companies across the technology sector.
LBA is one of Europe’s leading angel investment networks. It connects innovating, fast-growth technology companies to equity finance through its membership of experienced angel investors. Operating since the early 1980s, LBA has the longest track record in the business.
Since 2000 LBA has helped more than 200 companies successfully raise in excess of £50m. Over the last three years, nearly 40% of the companies selected to pitch to LBA’s investors have secured funding, despite an uncertain economic climate. LBA was awarded Private Investor Network of the Year 2013 at the Investor All Star Awards.
LBA is open to existing investors, would-be investors and entrepreneurs looking for growth capital.
What does LBA look for?
LBA works with UK-registered companies seeking to raise between £100,000 and £2m equity finance in return for a negotiable equity stake. Companies must be eligible for EIS/SEIS tax relief and demonstrate an innovative and scalable business model as well as a significant and growing addressable market with, if appropriate, an international expansion strategy.
Businesses approaching LBA should show a clear competitive advantage, scalability and high barriers to entry, for example, through intellectual property protection or exclusive commercial arrangements, and should have the potential to become a market leader in the near term.
The business should be past the initial concept stage (or for hi-tech investments beyond ‘proof of concept’) and 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.
An experienced management team with relevant operational/sector experience is also a must.
While LBA has a particular focus on technology (web/mobile/software, medtech, cleantech), businesses in most stages of operation and sectors will be considered with the exception of property and films/events.
Get in touch with LBA
Phone: +44 (0)20 7321 5672
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