DSW Angels David Ellie Keith

DSW Angels plan £10m investment in year ahead   DSW Angels is planning £10m of new investment over the next year to help support the post-Covid recovery. The network, which focuses on focused on UK regional scale-up companies, closed its largest investment at the start of the lockdown with a £1.7m funding round for One…

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share options in venture capital deals

This is the second in our short series from DSW Angels on what your choices are in structuring a venture deal, whether as investor or founder. This edition looks at the benefits of creating a cohesive team around the founder or founders, how they should be rewarded, and who pays the cost.  Investors back teams…

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venture capital

This is the first blog in a short series from DSW Angels on structuring a venture deal, whether as investor or founder. The focus of this blog is on leverage and its role in a venture capital funding structure. While we have our own structuring preferences, who’s investing and specific circumstances matter. First principles: what…

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Oneutilitybill

One Utility Bill – which simplifies utility billing for tenants, landlords and letting agents – has raised £1.7m in a funding round led by DSW Angels, the venture capital business of the Dow Schofield Watts group, and including existing investors the North East Innovation Fund, supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by…

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Shopblocks l-r Stewart Reynolds, Kevin Jones, Jake Reynolds

Shopblocks – the fast-growing e-commerce platform backed by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) –  has set its sights on the US market after securing a further £500,000 investment. The business has raised funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s GM Investment Fund, DSW Angels and members of the management team to support its expansion in…

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DSW Angels David Smith Keith Benson

British Business Investments commits £10m to Dow Schofield Watts Angels as first partner in Regional Angels Programme British Business Investments, a commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, has announced a new commitment to Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels) as the first partner in its £100m Regional Angels Programme. The £10m commitment will be…

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UKBAA

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the angels network for the North of England – has joined the national trade body, the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA). The membership will bring it together with over 160 other UKBAA members including investment syndicates, VCs, accelerators and early-stage investors. Dow Schofield Watts Angels now has over 70 investors…

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how much to raise

Over the last year we’ve seen about 250 pitch decks, from teams at differing stages, with wildly differing views on funding amounts and valuations (the question of valuation is inextricably linked to the amount of the raise; I’ll try come back to that in a future article). We expect founders to come to us with…

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