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How do Investors assess an investment opportunity?

This depends on the type of investors.  Ask a VC and they will say ‘management team, management team, management team!’  A Business Angel may take more interest in the type of business, as they may have experience and contacts that could strengthen the management team.  Nevertheless, there are certain key components that all investors will want to see…

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Who are Business Angels?

Business Angels are, by definition, individuals and it is unwise to try to categorise them.  But in a sweeping generalisation, they could be described as falling into two camps…

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Do Minerva’s business angels only invest locally ?

No – but it’s true to say that most business angels like to think the company they invest into is near enough to visit although in truth they rarely ever do that. Most of our Angels are based in and around the Midlands but at least 25% are dotted around the UK.

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How long does it take to get an investment agreed?

For the business seeking funds …the usual advice is to start looking for your investors well before you need the money ..6-12 months is not out of line with the time it takes to actually complete an equity deal. It can of course be a lot quicker but that will depend on the information available, evidence, clarity and validation of the key facts. Being well prepared beforehand so there are no surprises and you know what you are likely to be asked will always speed the process.

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How much and how often do I have to invest through Minerva?

There is no fixed sum, although generally most investments never start lower than £5,000, with no upper limit we do not put any member of the network under pressure to invest, although, clearly if you join the Angel network there is an expectation that you will invest in the right opportunity.

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What are the different types of Investors?

There are two main categories: Equity and Debt. Equity investments are made in exchange for part-ownership or ‘equity’ in the recipient company.  Debt investments are what we normally think of as a loan.  An Investor may offer either or a combination of both types.