Wild Blue Cohort N: 8470674 VAT: 166 5487 71
Who are we
Wild Blue Cohort (WBC) is a network of angel investors who live in West London and are interested in investing in high quality start-ups and growing businesses with links to the local area. Our network has been started with initial finance from the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, is a member of the UK Business Angels Association and has been active since Spring 2014. We promote enterprise in the area, identify investment opportunities that offer attractive financial returns and we seek to enable businesses to grow and increase their presence in the local area.
What we do
WBC promotes early stage investment in companies that are based or operate in West London, with special interest in Kensington & Chelsea, or are interested in relocating to the area. We are doing this because we are excited by cutting edge entrepreneurship and want West London and its economy to prosper through the productive use of local skills and local finance. We offer members privileged access to investment opportunities through regular pitch events and formal and informal networking events. Entrepreneurs are invited to complete investment summaries and then present their investment opportunity at pitch events, after thorough, high quality, well-informed screening by members and external advisors. Members of the network have no sector bias and typically consider early stage and growth capital investment opportunities that offer a minimum potential of 3-5x return on investment in 5-7yrs. Members seek opportunities that require up to £1m in debt or equity finance at reasonable valuations, with priority given to enterprises that are eligible for EIS or SEIS tax relief. We have run three pitch events since March 2014. Over 170 businesses have been evaluated, 17 have pitched, two investments have been made – a third close to completion - in early-stage businesses with strong growth potential. Almost all of the other companies that have pitched have successfully closed their finance round.