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Why become a ‘business angel’?

Being a business angel offers the prospect of a high return, and unlike a stock market investment there is scope (usually non-exec or part-time) to use your skills and experience to help the company’s managers to raise the performance of the business and add value for all shareholders.

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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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Is investment with Minerva very high risk?

Investing in unquoted companies is inherently more risky than investing in shares traded on public markets, and advice should always be taken from a suitably qualified independent adviser before making any commitment.

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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.