The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 200 member organisations and around 18,000 investors. Business angels in the UK collectively invest an estimated £1.5 billion per annum and are therefore the UK’s largest source of investment for start-ups and early-stage businesses seeking to grow.
The UKBAA had noticed an increasing trend in the angel and early-stage investment markets whereby individuals were tending to invest smaller amounts into a number of different businesses. As a result, they came to understand how important building co-investment relationships were and wanted to find a solution that would allow their members to establish and build relationships around investment deals that they found appealing. This is where Delio’s platform came in.
UKBAA chose the Delio platform due to both its simplicity and configurability. Delio built a platform specifically to meet UKBAA’s need to engage their audience with deals which were pertinent to them. With members spanning angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early-stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators, professional advisers and intermediaries, it was imperative that the platform could work effectively for a wide variety of investors.
Acting as a voice for the angel investment community, with a strong desire to build and connect the angel investment ecosystem, UKBAA were pleased to find a strong uptake in platform use from the offset. Their members began using it regularly and could immediately see a strong and credible deal flow, with more and more of them increasingly engaging and finding other investors too.
Roderick Beer, Managing Director at UKBAA, says that the success of the partnership with Delio has been built upon the strength of the technology and a collaborative approach to the project; “We considered a number of technology partners, but Delio came through as the strongest by some way. The platform is built specifically for our needs – it’s designed for engaging an audience with deals and that’s hugely important for us.”
The Delio team were very engaging from the offset. One of the strongest parts of Delio’s service is how responsive they are. They are constantly working to invigorate and improve the platform and that obviously bodes really well for us as clients.
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