LONDON, October 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
According to a recent poll conducted on Venture Giant there has never been a more exciting time for a small business or start-up looking to raise investment for their business venture in the UK.
Venture Giant, an online platform connecting business investors with entrepreneurs, polled over 1000 of its registered users consisting of UK based millionaires and business angel investors on their views on investing in the UK in 2014.
The poll revealed a surprisingly positive outlook with 72% of Venture Giant's network believing that in spite of the tough economic climate in the UK there was still significant 'potential for profit' from investing in UK Start-ups when compared to traditional investments such as investing in the FTSE or UK property.
There have never been more options available for a small business considering raising investment for their Start-up. The internet is simply littered with information on Government incentives and grants, business loan providers and a revolutionary new wave of Crowd Funding networks that rely on grouping together small parcels of investment from hundreds of hundreds of individuals. However, the reality is that Government grants have become increasingly difficult to access and high success fees and legal fees from Crowd Funding networks, coupled with a general lack of expertise and mentorship has convinced many entrepreneurs that raising investment from an experienced angel investor can make all of the difference to a small businesses long term growth prospects and eventual saleability. The online matching platform, Venture Giant, has seen an increase of over 67% of investment proposals submitted to them since 2012 from small business owners seriously looking for alternative ways to raise investment from crowd funding networks and Government grants.
The facts speak for themselves: A small business owner will be hard pressed to receive the same level of expertise and mentorship that an accomplished multimillionaire business angel investor can provide day to day as they have risked their own capital in a business that they truly believe in.
Business angel investors are high net worth individuals that have chosen to not only invest their own money, but also share their vast experience directly into an entrepreneur's business with the sole aim of profiting from a potential exit via a trade sale of the business. Over 2,500 of these elusive multimillionaire angel investors have signed up with VentureGiant.com seeking to access investment deals posted from entrepreneurs all over the UK, and the online platform was set up after the owner, Rishi Anand, himself had difficulty in locating angel investors as a source of business funding over a decade ago.
Entrepreneurs using the online matching platform have already raised over £2.2m of angel investment for their start-up ventures, totally commission free. Successful investment deals completed have included the former Commercial director of VisitLondon raising funding for his major tech startup project, London.com, and more recently an entrepreneur raising £500,000 to assist him in providing him with the working capital required to resurface ALL London Underground Tube stations on the Piccadilly Line for a reported six figure contract amount. Full details of completed investment deals can be seen here.
For entrepreneurs that have not been investment-ready, the online matching platform has connected them to successful angel investors that have provided them with vital advice on where their business needs to be positioned to attract investment and profitability and this advice has been provided without charge.
Venture Giant remains one of the first networks in the UK that does not charge a commission on successful investment deals that are funded on their network. Entrepreneurs are clearly responding to this, and the network has featured over 1500 investment deals and has received over 2500 angel investor requests to use its service.
Over the last year, angel activity has picked up in the UK amongst angel investors as more and more investors are actively looking to diversify their investment portfolios and small businesses and entrepreneurs seeking to raise finance should consider business angel investment as a viable source of funding.
As Rishi Anand, Managing Director of Venture Giant pointed out, 'Investment capital is just about everything for an entrepreneur but an investor's experience, contacts and mentoring can make all the difference to a start-ups success of failure.' Some established investment networks in the UK include the British Business Angel Association, Venture Giant and the private investors' unit of Vestra Wealth, which all exist to share knowledge and filter pitches from entrepreneurs.
A full list of Venture Giant's registered Angel investors are available to view on the platform and Angel Investors are able to browse investment deals posted from entrepreneurs and business start-ups.
Venture Giant Enterprises Ltd.
http://www.venturegiant.com ‐ 'Bringing Entrepreneurs & Angel Investors, together'