How two childhood pals from London got 865,799 friends (and counting)…
The story so far…
Back in 2004 many of our colleagues and acquaintances were starting businesses. Lots of them had brilliant ideas. But they were struggling to find the seed funding necessary to grow; and the best investors to guide their growth.
This got us thinking, really thinking...
The problem was clearly undermining the startup scene and stopping so many great ideas from getting the opportunity they deserved. And we thought we could solve it. So we set out to build an online platform connecting startups with a global network of angel investors.
…and the product is the website you see before you now!
Did it work?
Well, we started small, but now our network has 30 branches extending to 80 different countries. We have 865,799 registered members with 155,355 investors and 710,444 entrepreneurs. This makes us the largest angel investment community in the world, and we’re growing daily. As a result, we’ve already raised €250 million for some of the coolest startups in the UK and across the world.
But that’s not all…
As we have grown so has the startup scene. So we have expanded our areas of expertise to meet the various demands of the modern day startup.
After 11 years in the business, we know a little bit about it, so in 2015 we launched our first startup accelerator programme, http://www.ainlabs.com. We selected a chosen few from over 300 applications and hope to grow them into more success stories…
We also realised that different ideas are more suited to one type of fundraising strategy than another. So to make sure we can help anyone, whatever their idea, we have plans (and FCA approval) to launch a crowdfunding platform before the end of 2015.
James Badgett & Mike Lebus