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					Dublin and Greater Leinster

Telephone:     01 4100 818/9
Address:       Business Angel Partnership, Guinness Enterprise Centre,
               Taylors Lane, Dublin 8.


Telephone:     021 730 4603
Address:       Business Angel Partnership, CorkBIC,
               National Software Centre Campus, Mahon, Cork.


Telephone:     091 730 850
Address:       Business Angel Partnership, WESTBIC, Galway Technology Centre,
               Mervue Business Park, Galway.

South East

Telephone:     051 356 300
Address:       Business Angel Partnership, South East BIC, Unit 1b Industrial Park,
               Cork Road, Waterford.       
The Business Angel Partnership
         The Business Angel Partnership matches private investors with pre-screened
         investment opportunities in start-up, early stage and developing businesses.
         As such, the partnership can be of enormous benefit to investors, to
         companies, and to professional advisors such as accountants and solicitors.
                                                                                             The Business Angel Partnership
         Looking to Invest?                                                                  and ...the Investor
            As a private investor you get access to ambitious, early-stage companies
            with strong growth potential.

         Looking for funding?                                                                     As a Registered Investor with the Business Angel Partnership you get access
            If you are a business promoter seeking funding then you enjoy access to               to ambitious companies, with strong growth potential, that are seeking
            private investors with vast and varied business experience.                           private equity finance and other expertise. You have full control of the
                                                                                                  investment process and your involvement is completely confidential until you
                                                                                                  agree that your details can be released to companies.

         Professional Advisor?                                                                    • We contact you directly with details of companies that match your
                                                                                                    particular requirements.
            Whether an accountant, solicitor or other professional advisor, and
                                                                                                  • We send you details of new companies as soon as we accept them – you
            whether working with high net worth individuals or growth-oriented
            companies, the Business Angel Partnership gives you alternative                         choose if you want to follow them up.
            investment and financing options to offer your clients.                               • You have secure access to the investor section of our website, where at
                                                                                                    any time, you can see details of current investment opportunities.
                                                                                                  • You can view additional details provided by the company - either via our
                                                                                                    website or by post or e-mail.
                                                                                                  • You can ask questions or raise specific issues at any stage.
                                                                                                  • You are invited to our investment events where you will meet fellow
                                                                                                    investors and business promoters.

         Our Background
                                                                                                  To get this process started we will request some initial detail from you in
         The Business Angel Partnership is a joint initiative between Enterprise
         Ireland, InterTrade Ireland and the Irish Business and Innovation Centres.               order to better understand the type of business that you are interested in.
                                                                                                  This detail is used to match your requirements to appropriate companies.
         It is managed by Dublin Business Innovation Centre Limited as part of its
         ongoing support to start-up and developing enterprises.                                  We also agree a brief profile with you. This profile is only sent to companies
                                                                                                  when you decide that you would like to meet up with them.
         For a more detailed understanding of how the Business Angel Partnership
         can help you please get in touch with your local office. You’ll find full contact        The Business Angel Partnership service is available to both individual
         details on the back cover of this brochure.                                              investors and groups of investors.
                                                                                        The Business Angel Partnership
                                                                                        and ...the Advisor
The Business Angel Partnership
and ...the Company                                                                                   As a Registered Advisor you enjoy the same benefits as Registered Investors
                                                                                                     and Registered Companies, with the same access to the services described

 As a Registered Company with the Business Angel Partnership you will increase
                                                                                              If your interest is in seeing investment opportunities for your clients then:
 your access to private equity.                                                                      • We will post or e-mail details of investment opportunities directly to your firm.
                                                                                                       Alternatively you can register clients individually and we will post or e-mail
 •   Initially you submit your business plan along with a completed application                        details to them directly.
     form. This is a short summary of your business, giving details of the                           • Any client that you individually register with us can have their own password-
     investment opportunity and profiling the type of investor you are interested in.                  protected access to the investor section of our website.
 •   We then assess your business plan. Once satisfied that it will stand up to
     scrutiny we match your requirements against the investment criteria and skills           If your interest is in raising funds for your client companies then:
     and experience details held for our investors.
                                                                                                     • You submit an application form and business plan for each client company.
 •   Where we see an immediate ‘match’ we contact the investor directly with
                                                                                                     • We then agree an initial summary of the business with you - prior to
     details of your company and the investment opportunity. Details of your
                                                                                                       undertaking our matching activity.
     company are maintained on our website for a minimum of 90 days.

 •   We also set up additional opportunities for you to meet investors by hosting
     seminars on topics of mutual interest.
                                                                                                     You choose whether you want us to deal directly with your clients or whether
                                                                                                     you want communications routed through your firm. In all cases we will keep
 Raising private finance takes time, with a lot of discussion and negotiation
 required before an actual cash investment takes place. It also involves a legal                     you fully advised of progress.
 process including due diligence undertaken by the investor and the signing of
 shareholders’ agreements.

 You need to be prepared to put the time and resources required into this process
 before you start fundraising. Your own business advisor will be the best person to
 assist you in preparing for this process.
     Making a Match
      …the Process
      The Business Angel Partnership works on a confidential registration basis. All
      investors, companies and advisors pre-register and provide us with specific
      information and assurances.
                                                                                                                             The Business Angel Partnership
      Investors and advisors have immediate access to ambitious companies with
      growth potential. These investment opportunities come from our immediate
      sponsors, from our partners and from other sources.                                                                    and ...Confidentiality
      Companies know that details of their particular investment opportunity will be
      seen by people who are actively looking to invest in private companies. These
      investors bring business experience in addition to the financial resources that                                                  Confidentiality is paramount given the nature of the services offered by the Business
      they may invest.                                                                                                                 Angel Partnership. We are committed to maintaining your privacy and confidentiality and
                                                                                                                                       will not disclose your details – except as obligated by law.

                                                                                                                           Investors and Advisors:
                                                                                                                                       Personal details, contact details and details of investment preferences are only collected
                                                                                                                                       to allow us successfully provide a service to you. These details remain confidential at
How the matching process works:                                                                                                        all times.

      • Investors are contacted directly when we identify a particularly suitable match.                                               During the initial registration process we agree a brief background profile containing the
      • Investors and advisors initially see a brief 8-10 line outline of the business and                                             detail that you wish released. This background profile is only released to companies when
        the investment opportunity.                                                                                                    you give your permission.
      • If interested, they can access a more detailed summary giving key information
        about the business and the investment opportunity.
      • Requests for additional information and specific questions are forwarded
        to companies.
      • Details are also available on our website for a minimum period of 90 days.
                                                                                                                                       Relevant personal details, contact details and investment details contained in your
                                                                                                                                       application form are available to investors through the password-protected section of our
                                                                                                                                       website or when details from your application form are sent to investors or advisors.

                                                                                                                                       All other information regarding your business remains confidential at all times and will
                                                                                                                                       not be released without your specific permission.

                                                                                                                            Contact details and e-mail details:
      The Business Angel Partnership arranges and facilitates initial meetings between                                                 We do not sell to, rent or share our membership details or e-mail addresses with outside
      investors, companies and advisors.                                                                                               bodies. These details are only used to send you information that you have agreed to
                                                                                                                                       receive. You can unsubscribe from our e-mail lists at any time.
      We continue to monitor and facilitate exchanges between all the parties involved. If
      requested we are available to get involved at any stage.

      The Business Angel Partnership also creates further opportunities for companies,       The Business Angel Partnership does not advertise or sell investment opportunities on its own behalf and will not provide any form of investment advice to investors, companies
                                                                                             and/or advisors. The Business Angel Partnership will offer no advice as to the merits of entering into a transaction of any nature including any advice as to the merits of
      investors and advisors to network by hosting seminars on topics of related interest.   acquiring or subscribing for shares in any companies.
                                                                                             No information, whether oral or in writing, which may be provided by the Business Angel Partnership will constitute a public offer or an invitation to subscribe for, purchase or
                                                                                             otherwise acquire any shares, debentures or securities of companies for the purposes of the Companies Acts 1963 to 2005.
                                                                                             The Business Angel Partnership recommends that before entering into a transaction involving the acquisition of or subscription for shares, investors obtain the advice of a person
                                                                                             authorised under the Investment Intermediaries Act 1995 who specialises in advising on investments of this type and obtain appropriate due diligence, taxation and legal advice.
                                                                                             Dublin Business Innovation Centre Limited is authorised by the Financial Regulator under Section 10 of the Investment Intermediaries Act 1995.