HBAN Investment Consultant Niamh Sterling spoke with Silicon Republic this week on what Angel Investors are looking for in a start-up, what makes a great entrepreneur and the critical ingrediants to start up success.
The Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Early & Growth Stage Funds have invested €1.7M in Sytorus Ltd, this is in addition to simultaneous investment from Enterprise Ireland and private investors. Established by Dr. John Ghent (CEO), Mike Morrissey (COO) and Hugh Jones (CPO) in 2013, Sytorus’s flagship software ‘PrivacyEngine’ is a dynamic GDPR and Data Protection SAAS product. It provides end-to-end data protection solutions to corporate clients. The Company, with over 50 staff, is scaling rapidly and today has over 300 hundred fee paying corporate clients worldwide. Sytorus has opened offices in Stockholm and London, and this latest investment will facilitate a new office to open in Frankfurt.
Angels talk a lot about mentoring, but how many know what it really means? If you can’t describe what a great mentor does, you’ve probably never been one. A great mentor relationship is actually a pretty rare and special thing. It doesn’t come about all that often, and it’s not something that can be forced.
CB Insights recently published a study on the most common reasons startups fail. They looked at the cause of death on 101 start-ups and, not surprisingly, "Market," "Cash" and "Team" were major factors. But what might surprise many is that all three of those factors out-ranked "competition" as a source of death. There is an adage that start-ups don’t get killed, they commit suicide. CB Insights' study lends some credence to that idea.
The next Halo Business Angel Network’s (HBAN) London Syndicate event on June 13th at 17.30 in Rocketspace, 40 Islington High St, Angel, London. Annually HBAN presents 100 plus qualified deals to the Network and close out between 40 and 50 in any one year. The average angel investment in a deal a €285k, however, due to the syndicated nature of the deals 60% of individuals invest less than €50k per deal, with 30% less than €25k.In our first year with New York and Singapore we closed out 4 and 2 deals respectively and we are aiming to close out 3 to 5 deals with each annually.
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.