Britcham Business Angel Programme Opens for Application

Britcham Business Angel Programme Opens for Application
Comments Off, 20/04/2015, by , in Local Startup News

The Business Angel Programme – Helping Hong Kong’s Entrepreneurs Flourish.

Now in its eighth year, the British Chamber’s Business Angel programme, sponsored by Baker Tilly Hong Kong and supported by Connect Communication and TiE HK, is once again seeking passionate entrepreneurs across the city. The programme has become one of Hong Kong’s most valued and viable channels for entrepreneurs with new business ventures or SMEs looking for funding to expand, to interact with potential investors and help cultivate our city’s Start-up business community.

Following an in-depth and vigorous vetting process, four new groups of entrepreneurs will be selected to present a ten minute pitch detailing their business concepts to a panel of angel investors and professional advisors drawn from the membership of the British Chamber. Each shortlisted candidate will receive advice and presentation training from supporting organisation Connect Communication as well as one-on-one mentoring from TiE HK before pitching their idea in front of potential investors at a breakfast event on 24th June. The deadline for applications is 1st May 2015. Below are some key dates for the next round:

May 1st – Application Deadline

May 19th & 20th – Vetting Sessions with shortlisted candidates to present before the Chamber’s Angel Committee

Mid-May – Finalists Shortlisted

June 24th – Business Angel Breakfast Event – Candidates Pitch to Angel Investors

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As anyone who has pitched their business to potential investors will testify, the process is both exhilarating and nerve-racking. Here’s what a previous participant of the Business Angel programme who entered in March 2014, Dr. William Thomas, Founder and Managing Director of Animal Doctors International, has to say about their experience:

“Through the programme I was put in touch with some very helpful mentors who freely gave valuable advice and insight that made a substantial difference during the early days of raising finance. Following this period, some of the contacts that I made through the programme have continued to act as a sounding board for our later stage development and I’m sure that the relationships we are building will continue to help the business to grow.” 

About The Business Angel Programme

The Business Angel Programme, established by the British Chamber in 2008, brings people together and creates exciting new business partnerships by giving entrepreneurs with new business ventures, or SMEs looking for funding to expand, the opportunity to present their business plan to investors. Since its inception, the British Chamber’s Business Angel committee has reviewed applications from hundreds of enthusiastic Hong Kong entrepreneurs and shortlists the best ideas.

This important event could not happen without the ongoing sponsorship of Baker Tilly Hong Kong and the support of TiE HK and Connect Communication who have provided fantastic support from the outset. The British Chamber is also very grateful to the committed members of the Angel Investment Committee who put a lot of time and energy into selecting the candidates and coaching them through the process.

If you would like to participate in the Business Angel Programme, please register your interest by contacting Mandy Cheng, Events Executive at the Chamber, at mandy@britcham.com or on 2111 1053. For more information, please visit angel.britcham.com.

About The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong

The British Chamber is one of Hong Kong’s largest international business organisations, comprising major multinational companies and institutions, as well as a substantial number of SMEs. The Chamber represents a broad spectrum of British, Hong Kong, international and Chinese companies. Collectively, this membership makes a significant contribution to the Hong Kong economy and to employment, and constitutes a representative cross-section of business opinion in the SAR.

 

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