How to write a pitch deck

Start-up insights: How to write a pitch deck – first impressions count A pitch deck is a key part of raising venture capital – it is the first thing an investor will see of your business, and potentially the last if it doesn’t make the cut. DSW Angels’ Eleanor Boardman gives some tips on how entrepreneurs…

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NICK RICHARDSON - CEO THE INSIGHTS PEOPLE

The Insights People, the Manchester-based company which is a global leader in kids, parents and family market intelligence, has secured a £500k investment from DSW Angels, the business angel network focused on UK regional scale-up companies. The investment will allow The Insights People to boost its international growth and follows its expansion into Brazil, Mexico…

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Valuations in early-stage investments

Valuations in early-stage investments Recent posts have focussed around the technical aspects of structuring a transaction. We’ll be returning to that theme, but in the meantime, we’re going to take a look at the massive issue of how venture capital investors value a business when they first invest. Valuation is a big topic. Books galore…

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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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ACAI DSW Angels

A fast-growing Cheshire clothing brand with a mission to become the ‘Levi’s of the women’s outdoorwear market’ has raised £350,000 in a funding round led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels), the business angel network. ACAI Activewear was started by husband and wife team Joe and Kasia Bromley with a sewing machine on their…

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Dow Schofield Watts Angels - PopTop

PopTopUK Limited, the UK’s leading online events marketplace, has secured a £615,000 equity investment from a syndicate led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels and Northstar Ventures. Over 30 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will be invested in sales and marketing to support the imminent launch of PopTop’s real-time booking system.  PopTop, which is…

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shopblocks

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the Northern angel network – has completed its second deal, with a £300,000 investment in Miribase Limited, the company behind the Shopblocks e-commerce platform. Over 25 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will be used to accelerate Shopblocks revenues by investment in new sales and marketing resources.…

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Peter Jones Avanite

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the new Northern angel network – has completed its inaugural deal, with a £500,000 investment in Warrington-based software company Avanite.  Over 30 angel investors took part in the funding round, which will allow Avanite to expand its team to speed up product development and boost sales.  Founded in 2015 by IT consultants Peter Jones and Francesco Giarletta, Avanite has found a way to help…

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Peter Jones Avanite

Dow Schofield Watts Angels – the network set up last year to bring together individual investors with promising Northern technology firms – has chosen a Warrington-based software company for its first funding round. The angels are being offered an EIS qualifying £500,000 stake in Avanite, which has developed a product to help IT managers to…

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meeting business team hands New angel network

A new business angel network aims to boost the North’s technology sector by bringing together early-stage companies with experienced entrepreneurs who can provide investment, mentoring and support. Dow Schofield Watts Angels aims to provide a strong and active angel network similar to those in Scotland and Cambridge, where angels have played a key role in…

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