Provided below are answers to some of the frequently asked questions by entrepreneurs, including:
What happens after the Company Presentations?
Following the Company Presentations event, HBA members express their interest in the companies which presented by completing the Feedback Form. This is subsequently shared with the companies.
The interest expressed is to obtain further information and HBA members may offer their contact details, agreeing to be contacted and provide further information. There may be no interest from any of the HBA members, or there may be one or more HBA members that express an interest.
Companies are invited to follow up and arrange meetings with HBA members who asked for further information and provide such information and explore investment. The meetings can be held in person or by video, as preferred by one or all of the members who expressed an interest to obtain further information. Co-ordinating these meeting is the responsibility of the company. The use of Doodle Poll or similar is recommended, as you do not want to irritate potential investors with extensive email trails trying to finalise a date.
Once a date has been finalised, companies who require a room for the meetings with members can book a room at HBS via Alex Baker, secretary to the HBA Ltd board. Alex can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0118 378 8691.
Should these meetings prove successful then it is for the company and members to discuss the next steps and timetable. Companies requiring independent advice, support and guidance to aid understanding and interpretation of any offer should contact Ed Cooper on email@example.com or Stephen Foale on firstname.lastname@example.org at VitalSix.
In general if interest is developed towards investment then the HBA member(s) will move ahead to conduct due diligence and the company will create a data room for the purpose. Following due diligence and if deemed appropriate, the company and the member(s) will progress to issuing a term sheet. If more than one HBA member wishes to participate in the investment, then they or the business founder may wish to invite a lead investor. The lead investor does not necessarily do more than just be the first to invest but might be nominated to lead on negotiation, represent the group and join the board.
Upon agreement of the term sheet there will follow a process of drawing up and agreeing a shareholder agreement and, all being agreed, a successful closure. This process is down to the company and the investing HBA member(s) to organise, as is obtaining appropriate legal advice. HBA recommends that companies seek appropriate legal, financial, IP and tax advice during the process of finalising any investment deal.
The Company will notify Jurek Sikorski on email@example.com of the closure pursuant to the agreed Entrepreneur Terms and Conditions and shall fulfill the provisions as set therein. Companies are alerted to the fact that a success fee of 4% is payable by entrepreneurs on funds raised from HBA members, as specifically provisioned in the Entrepreneur Terms and Conditions which entrepreneurs are required to sign upon being selected to present.
Also, during the post closure step HBA will work with the Company to develop a press release to be published on the HBA website (and the UKBAA website), which will also be released via the University of Reading’s social media and off-line media channels.
For clarification HBA Ltd, Henley Business School, Henley Centre for Entrepreneurship and the University of Reading do not provide investment advice or promote any investment opportunity and are not authorised by the FCA in this regard.