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Compliance Team
Angels Den

Dear User,

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that comes into effect May 25, 2018.

We would like to ensure you that your personal data is safe with us. Please read the details regarding the processing of your personal data and if you agree with the processing as described below, please click the ‘I agree’ button.

Please be informed that you can withdraw this consent at any time.

1) What data are we talking about?

We are disclosing details regarding the processing of personal data that is collected within our calls and in connection with your use of Angels Den’s platform, Websites and other functionalities of Angels Den, including those saved in cookies files.

2) Who will be the controller of your data?

Angels Den Funding Limited (hereinafter referred to as AD) will be the controller of your data (Angels Den means all entities from the Angels Den capital group, which includes Angels Den Funding Limited with its registered office in London and all entities related to it and dependent on it) and only our Trusted Partners.

3) Why do we want to process your data?

We process this data for the purposes described in our Privacy Policy, including:
- compliance with any legal requirements and obligations,
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- marketing purposes,
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- as otherwise explained in this privacy policy or by any communication by us.
Where you have explicitly consented to be contacted for such purposes, we use your personal data to provide information on our new and existing products and services.

4) To whom can we transfer data?

In accordance with applicable law, we may transfer your data to entities processing it at our request, e.g. marketing agencies, subcontractors of our services and entities authorized to obtain data under applicable law, e.g. courts or law enforcement agencies - of course only if they submit a request based on an applicable legal basis. Furthermore, we will transfer your data to Trusted Partners outside the European Union – to the USA – under the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework.

5) What are your rights to your data?

You have the right to request access to, correct, delete your personal data. You can also withdraw consent to processing of personal data, raise objections and use other rights granted under GDPR (i.e. right to data portability).

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In connection with the above, I agree to the processing of my personal data by Angels Den and its Trusted Partners. I confirm that I understand that my personal data is being collected as part of my phone calls, use of AD’s online platform, Websites, and other functionalities of AD, including the data saved in cookie files. I also consent to profiling in order to allow Angels Den and its Trusted Partners the provision of better services (including for analytical purposes). Your data will only be processed on a valid lawful basis in accordance with applicable data protection laws. The processing of your personal data for marketing purposes (including statistical analysis) by AD is based on the firm's legitimate interest. The processing for marketing purposes by our Trusted Partners is only possible if we receive your freely given consent. We will also process your personal data to fulfil our contractual obligations to you as contained in AD’s Terms and Conditions of the use of our Website and services. Therefore, this data will be processed on another lawful basis – ‘contract’. We will also process your data to comply with our legal obligations for our Service (such as anti money laundering and know your customer requirements), which is also a valid lawful basis in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

Expressing this consent is voluntary and you can withdraw at any time.

If you have any doubts or questions about the use of your personal data, please do not hesitate to contact me via email. I’m happy to assist.

Compliance Team
Angels Den

Here’s What You Need to Know Before Investing in a Start-Up

It is true that investing in a start-up comes with risks. Nevertheless, when risks are taken and businesses grow, both founders and investors win financially, as well as on a personal level. As an investor, you get the reward of being part of a new business that could potentially become the next big thing and also benefit from capital formation. 

Before being able to reap the benefits of the investment, it is important to gain knowledge about what it means to contribute into the early stage of a business.

Here are some of the most important things you will need to consider before investing in a start-up:

1. Learn about the industry you wish to invest in

Be sure you invest in something you are familiar with. Even though you are supporting an already established business idea, it is still important for investors to know the field they are getting into. Peter Lynch, one of the most successful and well-known investors of all time, emphasised the importance of investing in what you know. Understanding the business sector will decrease risks of failure and will offer you a better perspective of the start-up long-run rate of success.

2. Analyse the financial reports

When helping a start-up raise capital, it also important to have a prior look at its current assets and liabilities. Analyse the valuation relative to comparable companies based on multiple factors, such as revenue, net income, growth rate, risk profile, and capital structure. Consequently, you will have a better idea on the actual financial state of the start-up, and if it correlates with its future roadmap.

What you need to know before investing Angels Den

“Never invest in any company before you’ve done the homework on the company’s earnings prospects, financial condition, competitive position, plans for expansion, and so forth.” – Peter Lynch

3. Search for diversity 

Even though you know the industry you are looking to invest in, it is not always easy to find a start-up opportunity that suits your interests. One of the best ways to increase your chances of finding the right investment opportunity for you is to explore online investment platforms that feature prescreened companies. Investment platforms will offer you a wide array of new business deals and will keep you up to date with the latest trends.

4. Plan ahead

As it has already been established that every investment carries risks, it is also essential to see your investment as a long-time plan. Sometimes benefits take a long time to come or you could find yourself in a difficult position to get your initial investment back. This is why, when things don’t go according to the initial plan, relying on an exit strategy could make things less complicated. Therefore, before investing, also think about how you could eventually liquidate your initial investment.

5. Be patient

Patience is required throughout the funding round, but especially after the round closes and investors expect to see positive results. Once you are a shareholder, make sure that you will receive updates from the company. As part of the company, you will share in the excitement as the founders scale the business, but success is never guaranteed. Uncertainty is part of the investment world, so patience is required, as the results may come later than expected. 

Whether you are new into the world of investment or quite familiar with it, thinking about these general rules before investing in a start-up will always come in handy. If you choose an online investment platform, start by talking to the investor relations team. They will help you understand the process and talk you through their range of pitches. If you want to dig deeper and get involved in the business, they can help you find ways to work with more experienced investors or attend pitching events and masterclasses, if they offer such opportunities.

Keep in mind to build a plan and look for an investment opportunity that suits your expectations.

The above references an opinion and is for educational information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice. Investing in any business involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Please click here to read the full risk warning.