Henley Business Angels
Henley Business Angels (HBA) is an Angel Network based out of Henley Business School.
Established in 2016, HBA exists because of its members, who support entrepreneurs through a combination of investing and mentoring. Members of Henley Business Angels represent a cross section of business leaders from the communities of the University of Reading and Henley Business School, including successful entrepreneurs, MDs/CEOs, partners, chairpersons and NEDs of private and public companies.
Central to Henley Business Angels’ core mission of investing in entrepreneurs is to support their professional and personal progression, as well as provide mentoring and coaching. Entrepreneurs that are successful in being considered for investment are invited to Henley Business Angels’ highly regarded day-long Investment Readiness Workshop, for entrepreneurs to gain invaluable knowledge and advice to further expand and develop their business. Areas explored as part of the required workshop include pitching for investment, financial management, legal, IP strategy, accounting, HR, and more. Henley Business Angels accepts applications from companies in most sectors, however, science and technology innovation-based businesses are preferred.
Certain sectors like arms & weapons, fossil fuel exploration and tobacco will not be considered. Henley Business Angels typically look to invest in companies that are:
- Registered in the UK
- Raising £50k – £500k
- SEIS/EIS advanced assured
- Strong management team
- Ability to show how funds will be used for growth
- High growth potential
- Sustainable competitive advantage
Henley Business Angels’ full Investment Criteria can be found here: www.henleybusinessangels.com/investmentcriteria/
Henley Business Angels investors provide a vast range and high level of expertise to their investments, with several HBA members taking on roles as NEDs and specialist advisors within their investment once they’ve invested. Henley Business Angels members do not just invest financially, but also their knowledge, time and experience to support entrepreneurs and their growth strategy as effectively as possible. Furthermore, being based out of a world-renowned business school allows HBA to provide a vast network of academic, professional and business contacts. Not only this, but The University of Reading’s Entrepreneur in Residence, Professor William Kilgallon, is also one of the network’s most active members and chairs the company presentations session at HBA’s quarterly Company Presentations Event.
Entrepreneurs interested in speaking with Henley Business Angels are advised to contact Chris Rees, Director of Henley Business Angels, at firstname.lastname@example.org