The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 160 member organisations and around 18,000 investors. Business angels in the UK collectively invest an estimated £1.5 billion per annum and are therefore the UK’s largest source of investment for startups and early-stage businesses seeking to grow.
UKBAA’s members include angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early-stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators, professional advisers and intermediaries. UKBAA acts as the voice of the angel investment community and strives to build and connect the angel investment ecosystem so as to ensure a coherent landscape for financing high-potential entrepreneurs.
Our key activities are:
Acting as the voice of the angel investment community
UKBAA represents the views and interests of the angel investment community to government, opinion formers and business leaders at national, European and international level, with a view to raising awareness about the asset class and ensuring a supportive fiscal and technical environment that enables investors to continue to back great businesses.
Building and connecting the angel ecosystem
UKBAA enables opportunities for all members of the angel and early-stage community to meet and share knowledge and experiences. Our programme of flagship events includes large thought leadership summits, an annual angel investment awards, plus sector-specific and regional events, offering the opportunity for interaction among all players in the community.
Information provision and analysis
UKBAA provides market intelligence on key trends and new developments in the angel investment landscape. We provide access to information and advice for investors and entrepreneurs, as well as an online directory of investors, via our website. We disseminate regular market updates via our regular e-newsletter and social media.
Providing access to quality investment opportunities
UKBAA facilitates and supports investors’ access to opportunities for investment. This includes the DealShare platform, an exclusive UKBAA members-only online marketplace for the sharing and referral of deals. We also provide support for third party investment events and connecting entrepreneurs to investors.
Promoting good practice and quality standards
UKBAA offers access to skills and training for new angels to enable them to become competent and effective investors. This includes a new nationally accredited angel investing qualification and e-learning programme. We also promote angel syndication and encourage those with capacity to become lead angels.