|Laurence Kemball-Cook, CEO, Pavegen Systems|
Pavegen is a brand new renewable energy system so having the funds and support during the development phase is vital. Business Angel investment gave us both at a crucial time, allowing us to fulfil orders, take on key staff and providing us with a ready-made network of investors who understand our business and share our vision. We're now growing fast with partnerships with companies like Westfield and Diageo.
What is Angel investing?
A Business Angel investor uses their personal disposable finance and business or professional experience to invest in the growth of a small business, generally in start-up or early stage. Angel investors can make investments on their own or as part of a group (syndicate).
As an Angel you would make your own decision about making the investment and would normally take shares in the business in return for providing equity finance. In so doing, you will be sharing not only your money, but also your own expertise and knowledge in running a business. Not only do you have the potential to gain a return on your investment, but you will have the personal satisfaction of seeing an enterprise succeed.
There are many entrepreneurs across the UK with great business ideas and growth potential. Providing equity finance, combined with access to skills, advice and market contacts can be the most effective way to help them to accelerate their development and achieve commercial success.
Business Angel investing can be both enjoyable and rewarding. Nevertheless Angel investing does carry risks as well as rewards, as with all financial investments and you should always take professional advice. CLICK HERE for more information on Risks and Rewards.
Before receiving investment proposals from entrepreneurs or making investments, you also need to ensure that you are able to certify yourself as either a High Net Worth or Sophisticated Investor. CLICK HERE for further information.