How we work

Henley Business Angels’ core process is inviting, receiving and carefully selecting companies to present their business and investment proposition to our network of angel investors. Henley Business Angels provides a forum for entrepreneurs seeking funds and facilitates investment by our members.

Our network’s membership consists of investors who make their own decisions regarding investment and invest, either alone or as a syndicate, in the early-stage businesses that present to the network at one of our quarterly events. Our network typically invests in early-stage businesses raising between £50,000 and £500,000 or more seed equity investment. Henley Business Angels is not a fund and is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

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Have a look at our News and Events page for the details on our upcoming events, our yearly application timetable and our latest news.

Investment criteria

Henley Business Angels has a set of Investment Criteria that determine suitability for applications. 

Henley Business Angels has adopted a simple funding process that begins by screening applications against our investment criteria to select promising businesses to interview. Companies invited to interview will be required to attend our Investment Readiness Workshop, a full-day workshop designed to educate and support entrepreneurs in all key knowledge areas such as IP, HR, tax and pitching. Since 2022, we have opened attendance of this workshop to any and all entrepreneurs seeking foundational knowledge on key areas of business. Find out more on the workshop’s dedicated page.

Following the interviews, the panel selects five businesses to present to the membership at our Company Presentations Event, These presenting entrepreneurs receive tuition and guidance to prepare them for the Presentations Event, through dry-runs of pitches and further supporting activities and resources.

Our Company Presentations Events are held in-person once a quarter, when Henley Business Angels’ members hear presentations from pre-selected entrepreneurs. After the presentations, entrepreneurs and investors are given the opportunity to network and discuss the businesses at our Private Showcase which concludes the event.

If interested in investing, members will carry out their own due diligence and negotiation. As a network, we will always encourage interested members to work together and identify a ‘Lead Investor’ to ensure cohesive and effective communication between the entrepreneur and interested members. This also allows members to share the load of due diligence and provide a forum for private discussion. Investments will be made directly by the interested member or group of members.