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  1. WalkinDude United Kingdom

    WalkinDude Active Member

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    Are there any 'Dragons Den' style Dragons in Acorn prepared to look at business proposals with a view to possible investment?
     
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    Now this is a fun idea! Acorns to Oaks :)
     
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    Plus there are lots of other venture capitalists, and crowdfunding possibilities out there.

    A search of "internet incubator" may help you.

    Rgds
     
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    Skip good ol Dougie and drop me a PM, no need to bring a "Whisk" :)
     
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    Can you tell us a bit about yourself DLOE? Maybe post in the newbie forum?
     
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    Perchance he be a practitioner of our Dougie's brevity...
     
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    Maybe he's keeping it on the Down LOE?
     
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    If you can deal with Barry's dazzling good looks (I may need a favour one day :p), he's been know to invest
     
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    Bazza's pockets are full of glue and he drives crap motors :cool:
     
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    Has anyone invested money via Seedrs?

    What if the owners never sell or float the business in my lifetime? How would I exit? My concern is that it's a very illiquid.
     
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    And then there is the risk of dilution... Is it worth it?
     
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    Yes, lots - I've been active there since the start.

    It is very illiquid and you need a long term outlook. Realistically most will fail - it's important to build a diverse portfolio.

    If they never sell or float, you will not be able to sell your shares other than by private negotiation. However if a company is profitable and not reinvesting for growth, you would earn dividends at the same rate as all other shareholders.

    Most of their offerings are tech companies and the goal tends to be acquisition or float. Personally, I am looking for around 10% of my investments to make it, but the return on them will pay for the faliures as well as a good profit (in theory :). It's also good fun and I'm learning a lot from being involved.

    Yes, you can expect dilution, but all Seedrs investments carry pre-emption rights which you can exercise to maintain your holding if you want. Dilution typically comes when companies raise money at a higher valuation and it's rarely a bad thing - I'd always rather own slightly less of a company that is now worth more and has a fresh injection of cash...

    The beauty of Seedrs is that they negotiate the same terms for everyone, whether you have £10 or £100,000 invested. Other sites tend to offer B shares which offer very little protection.

    Also the tax advantages are great - 50% relief on SEIS and 30% on EIS.

    If you do sign up, I would be grateful if you used my referral link: https://www.seedrs.com/join?promo_code=QKID2LDR

    Full disclosure - I own Seedrs shares as well as shares in about 30 of the companies listed so far. DYOR etc.
     
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    I've already signed up unfortunately - otherwise I would have gone via your link.

    Thanks for the info.
     
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    No worries. Of the current listings I think Dipstix stands out
     
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