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Best early stage investing articles from 2019

The annual list of the best early-stage investing articles from the year is here - handpicked by Seraf Co-Founders Hambleton Lord and Christopher Mirabile.

All-Island Business Angel Conference 2020

HBAN will host its annual All-Island Conference at Powerscourt Hotel, Wicklow, on Thursday, 6th February 2020. The all-day event aims to encourage more people to get involved in business angel investing, highlighting the opportunities and rewards that it presents.

Business Angels Back Eleven Companies in Northern Ireland

Eleven fast growing businesses have secured £2m of funding from HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network) Ulster Business Angels during its first year of operation in Northern Ireland.

Inclusiveness: An Interesting Way To Improve Angel Results

A buzzword in entrepreneurship and equity investing is “inclusiveness.”  It is gaining traction with Venture Capitalists and angels alike, who see that building the diversity of the investor community and the entrepreneurs they invest in is not only a good societal goal, but it is also a way to build great deal flow, make better investment decisions, and grow returns.

Fine Print: Understanding Key Deal Terms and How They Can Affect Your Returns

It’s exciting news! The CEO of one of your investments tells you that a buyer expressed serious interest in acquiring her company for €30M. Since the company has struggled to find huge growth, you are relieved and do a quick mental “back of the envelope” calculation and you figure you’ve bagged a 5x return in a couple of years. Not too bad for one of your first angel deals!

Can You Help Me With This? Advising On Pitch Decks

“OK. Can you help me make it better?” You have to admit that is a fair question from an entrepreneur who’s deck you’ve just criticized.  So it’s not a bad idea to have an answer ready.   

2020 goal to get that exit? You need to read this

How to Apply the 3 P's to Selecting Angel Investments The first approach we recommend for selecting investable companies is to screen each company by examining the Team, Market Opportunity and Product. That’s a great way to sift through hundreds of companies to find the few diamonds in the rough. But for serious angels with more solid prospects than they can possibly invest in, a second filter is needed. Whether they realize it or not, most investors apply a second level of filter in their screening process. Investors might use different words but they are all doing the same basic analysis. We call this secondary filter the 3 P's. They are easy to remember and understand:

KanDo Medical Acquires Fleetwood Healthcare

KanDo Medical, an independent Healthcare Solutions Provider, has acquired Fleetwood Healthcare, a Wicklow based Medical Device Distributor. Fleetwood Healthcare was founded in 1995 by Conor and Susan Fleetwood and is a proud partner to some of the worlds most respected and innovative Endoscopy and Surgical Device Manufacture rs. Fleetwood Healthcare pioneered the introduction of single use Endoscopy products to Ireland and is highly regarded as a leader in the provision of bespoke clinical workshops to healthcare professionals.

Irish AR startup positions itself to compete in growing €13.5bn sector with €600k seed round

UtilityAR, an enterprise software company offering Augmented Reality (AR) integration solutions to businesses, has announced a seed round of €600k as the company positions itself to compete in the rapidly growing AR industry currently worth €13.6bn annually.

Software Company Expands Following HBAN Backing

Belfast-based software company Adoreboard has secured funding from the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN) and Co-Fund II to support a series of major contract wins and create six new jobs.
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