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!
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:
After a year or two down the path of building a diversified portfolio of angel investments, many individual angels are faced with some uncertainty about their path forward. The questions on many experienced angels’ minds are “Will I make a good enough return on my angel investments to justify the risk? Should I continue to invest?”
FiBAN has made a new study on the Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 126 business angel exits in Finland. The IRR results show that the exits made by professional Finnish business angels are very profitable, but the risks are high.
We're delighted to release the first video from the 2019 HBAN All-Island Conference, featuring keynote speaker Emma Kenny on the importance of female investors. Emma is an investor, adviser and mentor to early-stage businesses. She is also a deal lead in Rising Tide 3, further details of which you can find below.
Bet on the jockey, not the horse! That is sage advice from investors in the start-up world because “things” change and the jockey needs to course correct during the long race to success. In fact, the most successful investors at TechCoastAngels spend an inordinate amount of time looking at the CEO and his/her team to determine if the investment makes sense. Even if the business plan is strong, if the jockey and the team is weak, angel investors (and presumably VCs) will not invest.
HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has announced that it plans to recruit 50 new female business angel investors over the next three years.
It’s a world of confusing acronyms, mysterious terminology and there’s more than a hint of Dragon’s Den about it, but the finance process for entrepreneurs has got an added dimension with the growth of business angels on the Irish scene.
If you‘re a high potential Start Up that has a new innovative product or service ready for commercialisation and/or have achieved some early traction and are raising finance to scale internationally please contact us.