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businessagent.com aggregates equity and debt alternative investments. This makes it easy for investors and lenders to find opportunities by gathering all the offerings in one place. businessagent.com also help entrepreneurs to secure funding for their ventures by introducing them to funders and investors. They have created The Alternative Finance Marketplace and earn commission from lending, investing, borrowing and raising funds. Their vision is to also create a secondary market to allow investors to exit from their investments.


EIS
  • £251,463
    raised so far
  • £200,000
    minimum target
  • £750,366
    maximum target
  • TBC
    days to go
  • 27.29%
    maximum equity offered
  • £4,000,000
    valuation pre-money
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The pitch

There are hundreds of alternative finance providers accross the UK and businessagent.com is bringing them all together on one portal.

Banks are closing branches, lending 8% less YoY to businesses and are paying little or no interest to savers. As a result of this there is huge growth in equity crowdfunding and alternative lending (£25 Billion in USA & UK alone in 2015 growing by 84% p.a.). Governments are supporting the growth with P2P, Innovative Finance ISA’s, EIS and SEIS. Small to Medium Enterprises & investors lack a single place to compare alternative finance platforms to find investments and funding and exiting a Crowdfunded or Angel investment is currently difficult or impossible.

Businessagent.com has invested £500k in creating the alternative finance market place a one stop FCA regulated space where all the alternative finance companies market their services. They have technology that collects data from over 100 alternative finance providers every minute of the day and their software tracks users which allows them to charge a commision on every transaction found through the site. They are also creating a secondary market to allow investors to exit from their investments and are in advance stage negotiations with Europes largest share match bargain specialist, their CEO Malcolm Burne has taken a significant stake in businessagent.com on this funding round.

businessagent.com are raising between £200k and £750k. The lower figure will enable them to exploit the opportunities they have created at a satisfactory pace. With the higher amount the growth rate will naturally increase.

In January this year ADVFN Plc took a stake in businessagent.com giving them access to 4M visitors and the company is now revenue generating growing month by month.

This equity crowdfund will allow businessagent.com to monetise the traffic they are receiving and increase the valuation of the business.

You will notice that the business plan has forecast a £2M cash injection. Within the next 12 months businessagent.com is looking to raise an additional £1.5M from a strategic investor at a higher valuation.

They plan to increase traffic from the current c50,000 visitors and 160 loan enquiries per month to 250,000 visitors and 700 loan enquiries per month as well as monetising their traffic flow.

To achieve this target businessagent.com need to expand its development, operations and sales teams. They will build connecting software to the IFA platforms to take advantage of the new Alternative Finance ISA and access the c£60bn ISA market. Finally funds to build the platform to target the £5bn secondary share trading market.

  • Increase traffic
  • Increase loan enquiries
  • Monetise website
  • Build ISA platform
  • Build secondary share platform
  • Build team
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Meet the team

Non-Executive Board members

  • Stephen Hazell-Smith

    Chairman

  • John Pennie

    Non-Exec Legal Counsel Director

  • Roland Kitson

    Non-Exec Strategic Partnership Director

  • Karen Wagg

    Head of PR and Marketing

  • Naresh Haldipur

    Non-Exec Finance Director

Executive Directors

  • Sacha Bright

    CEO

  • Hannah Boote

    Operations Director

  • Adam Jimenez

    Software & Program Management

  • Carl Oliver

    Sales Director

Staff

  • Lee Nicolaou

    Marketing Manager

  • Lauren Fowler

    Loan & Equity Manager

  • Ollie Judd

    Senior Designer

  • Andy West

    Web & Server Management

  • Jordan Hunter

    Digital Media Apprentice

  • Lindsay Roxburgh

    Accounts and Finance

  • Jodie Bright

    Partner Manager


Documents

  • Disclosure Letter (Sep 2016).pdf

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  • Investor Memorandum (Sept 2016).pdf

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  • Latest Accounts (Sept 2016).pdf

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  • Business Plan (Oct 2016).pdf

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  • Financial Forecast (Oct 2016).pdf

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  • Slide Deck (October 2016).pdf

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  • Internet Business Awards Category Award Winner 2015
  • Hertfordshire Business Awards Finalist 2014

As seen in:

  • The Guardian
  • Financial Times
  • Yahoo! Finance
  • The Times
  • The Daily Telegraph