Investors

Overview

HBA exists because of its members, who support entrepreneurs through the combination of investing and mentoring.

HBA is always delighted to hear from business leaders, self-made entrepreneurs, self-certified high net worth persons or existing angel investors who would fulfill the role of investor. If you are interested in finding out more about HBA and becoming a member we would be delighted to hear from you.

Our business angel investors represent a cross section of business leaders from the communities of the University of Reading, including successful entrepreneurs and MDs/CEOs, partners, chairmen and NEDs of private and public companies.

Are you an entrepreneur?

Do you have a compelling business and need funding? If so, please get in touch either to submit your executive summary and apply for funding here or email Jurek Sikorski at jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk. Before you get in touch please read our section for entrepreneurs.

Why become a business angel investor?

First and foremost business angels are genuinely interested in helping start-up and early stage companies to grow. Of course they are also seeking a return on their investment both time and money. Investments can qualify for tax relief which is very generous under the SEIS and EIS schemes.

Business angel investors usually stay with a company over several years and through several fund raising rounds before exiting.

Becoming a HBA member offers several benefits, including:

  • The opportunity to connect with University of Reading and Henley Business School entrepreneurs, encapsulating both current students and our entrepreneur graduates (including those in the Henley Start-Up Business Incubator)
  • Access to carefully selected investment opportunities from Henley Business School and University of Reading entrepreneurs, who are seeking investment and support for their business venture
  • Invitation to a full programme of events held at the Henley Business School throughout the year.

Regular Events include:

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Regular ‘themed’
breakfast meetings

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University of Reading and Henley Business School conferences, such as Engaging Business Presentations and Business Leaders Lectures

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Regular events hosted by the University of Reading Entrepreneurship Society

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‘Talks on Enterprise Development’, a series of events featuring CEOs of high growth businesses as guest speakers

Why invest?

Investing in start-up and early stage businesses can be very attractive for the business angel in terms of realising a financial return on investment (though please note that there is no guarantee). Other attractions of investing include personal satisfaction of helping a business to grow and building one’s knowledge and experience.

In making a decision to invest, the business angel needs to consider what they want from an investment and how much time they can devote to the various activities involved with investing.

For more information, read the guide prepared by the UKBAA.

Click here to download the HBA Application Form and here to download the Membership Terms and Conditions. Please note that one of the conditions of membership is the payment of an annual fee of £300, which covers the following costs:

  • catering and hosting of our company presentation events
  • an annual dinner, to which all members are invited
  • website maintenance
  • marketing materials
  • legal charges (eg intellectual property, contracts and advice)
  • finance (eg compiling and reporting of accounts for HBA Ltd)
  • administration of the investment platform and entrepreneur applications

Ready to join?

To apply to join HBA as an investor download and complete the application form and return to Jurek Sikorski at jurek.sikorski@henley.ac.uk

Your application will be reviewed in confidence and you will receive a reply to inform you of the outcome.

When asked about his experience as a member, Jim Malone said the following:

“Joining Henley Business Angels has given me a unique opportunity to meet some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the Thames Valley and hear the exciting and innovative ideas for which they are seeking funding. I have had the privilege of discussing these in detail and have been able to provide my own perspective and support to help them get to the next level of growth and funding. Over the past year of involvement, I have personally invested in three separate and very different start-up enterprises, each with a novel proposition and disruptive approach to their markets. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the group and helping further young enterprises realise their full potential.”

Nick Pendleton, a fellow HBA member, added:

“Over time I’ve realised that angel investing is a team sport. You need different perspectives and diverse experience to validate your due diligence, fellow investors on the cap table to keep up with what is going on and a friend to share a drink with to celebrate success or commiserate with when things don’t work out. I can’t think of a better place to find teammates and good businesses than Henley Business Angels.”

MEMBER TESTIMONIAL

“As a member of the Henley Business Angels I have had the opportunity to get involved with a number of fantastic entrepreneurs and their ventures. We see businesses with new technologies, products and services and as well as investment HBA provides them with mentoring, contacts in supporting organisations and potential customers. I have built good relationships with a number of fellow investors, supported ventures and invested in companies that have pitched at HBA events.”

Andrew Gaule