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Reference
S11360
Turnover
£2m to £5m
Sector(s)
Business services
Region(s)
UK Wide, Outside UK
Added
01 February 2024

Business description

Founded in the early 2000s, the business was started by two friends looking to disrupt the startup fundraising scene. 20 years later, the company has grown into the successful, global, and lucrative enterprise it is today.

The business focuses on matching entrepreneurs with angel investors, having built an impressive network of 40 networks extending to 90 different countries, and a client base of over 2 million entrepreneur, investor and affiliate members.

Their services include a recurring subscription model and a success fee model, the former ensuring a steady stream of income is achieved and the latter offering a more hands-on and bespoke brokering service for larger payments.

The company has built an outstanding reputation over the decades and are continuously working on improving the effectiveness of their network and provide innovative solutions to modern problems. Their mission remains the same: to connect the world by enabling investors to back the great businesses of tomorrow.

The business is now in an optimal position to grow, taking advantage of an evergreen to experiment with new products. There is scope for service expansion, and to continue and further the business’ successes into the hands of new owners.

The business has several distinctive capabilities and assets to stand out from its competitors and attract the prospective purchaser, including:

  • Long and lucrative trading history, profitable every year since their launch and reporting revenue growth for 18 out of 20 years.
  • Strong UK-wide and global revenue in over 80 countries.
  • Custom-built investor mobile app and web platform.     
  • Subscription model operated on their website, rather than a success fee model – such as crowdfunding platforms – which ensures stable, monthly revenues.
  • Faster onboarding process than competitor investment platforms. 
  • Database of over 1.5 million entrepreneurs/startups and over 330,000 investors.      
  • Streamlined operations and lean processes, enabling the company to keep low overheads compared to the competition.      
  • Social media cross platform presence of over 100,000 followers.

Gains the business could offer a purchaser include:

  • A healthy financial profile with potential for growth, with over £2.3m turnover in 2022.       
  • Removal of Directors’ costs could give substantial profit uplift.     
  • The business is cycle resilient and does well in both down turns and up turns in the economy.      
  • Large network of high-net-worth individuals that can be marketed and sold to. 
  • Large network of startups and entrepreneurs who have a need for auxiliary services in banking, web development, marketing, hosting, legal, accountancy, etc.

Highlights

  • Global network·.
  • Specialised service offer.      
  • Established international links.       
  • Highly lucrative.

Financials

Turnover (£'000) Adjusted EBITDA (£'000)
2021 (Actual) 2,180,060 1,214,840
2022 (Actual) 2,315,240 1,103,520

Opportunities

  • Further international expansion.      
  • Further product releases. ·      
  • Expand physical presence to more countries.       
  • Use of AI to expand to further markets.        
  • Spin off platforms in new markets.

Prospective purchasers

  • 100% share capital.     
  • Interested parties to sign an NDA.

Reason for sale

Owners have run for 20 years and are looking to release capital

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