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HBAN Ulster passes 100 members and calls for more businesspeople to become angel investors

Business angel group HBAN Ulster, as part of the Halo Business Angel Network (HBAN), announced today its members have invested £8.5m into 38 early-stage companies in Northern Ireland in less than three years and urged more businesspeople to join its ranks.

Angel Syndication for Deal Leads: Three Syndication Traps to Avoid

Finding investors and raising enough money to fill a round is something many entrepreneurs and their deal leads have to endure. After exhausting friends and family money, most startups are financed using a process that we investors refer to as “syndication.” For entrepreneurs the syndication process can be long, arduous frustrating and tedious. And for deal leads it is not only a lot of work, there is some reputation at risk as well. However bad it is, there is something even worse: going through the process and failing. 

HBAN Calls for Increase in Investor Tax Relief to Address Start-Up Funding Challenges

Economic impact of COVID-19 leading to investments in early-stage businesses being delayed, stalled or abandoned In order to stimulate growth and employment, HBAN proposes temporarily increasing EII tax relief to 60% HBAN’S proposal to Dept of Finance also calls for annual amount eligible for tax relief to be increased from €250k to €1m Angel network argues current administration of EII Scheme is not fit for purpose and proposes significant changes in order to incentivise investments Some investors still waiting for tax certificates two years after application

Funding and Business Support

These are uncertain times for both investors and entrepreneurs alike – however even in the downturn there is always opportunity. A quick scroll through twitter will reveal how our community has come together to support each other and the start-up ecosystem in Ireland.

The next decade of Irish startups will look nothing like the last

There’s more than Guinness brewing in Dublin.

Angel Fundamentals: Understanding Equity Deal Terms Introduction

Active angels work with term sheets regularly, but not every investor fully understands the sometimes arcane language in these highly-specialized documents. What are term sheets, what do they signify, and why are they so important? As a member of HBAN (complete our angel registration form here) you will have access to a range of template investor documents including term sheet, syndicate agreement and due diligence check lists.

HOW DATA IS DRIVING BETTER INVESTMENT DECISIONS

Claudine Owens is HBAN Coordinator in NI and Portfolio Manager at Clarendon Fund Managers

Top tips for investors before tying the knot!

The relationship between investor and entrepreneur is like a marriage but one with a planned divorce - here are 20 things to consider before tying the knot!

Oxygen, Aspirin or jewellery: Which Makes a Better Investment?

Entrepreneurs fall in love with their products. It’s no surprise… their product is their idea and as they nurture it, it becomes like a child to them, and who doesn’t love their child!?

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.
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