An evening with Seedrs Bitesize Pitches
Seedrs is a crowdfunding platform connect investors with entrepreneurs, most looking for seed or pre series-A funding.
After an exhausting day on a client site for my I.T. work, I contemplated skipping the event but I decided to go to 'Seedrs Bitesize Pitches' at The Boutique Workplace Company. It was the right decision.
I didn't know what to expect of my first Seedrs event.
Arriving just before the advertised start time, it was the kind of funky event space you'd expect to find in Shoreditch. A mix of chairs and sofas and a copper themed bar.
A Seedrs organiser managed to get the hundred or so investors to quieten down and get seated.
Five companies presented in the order below and the format was simple.
3 minute presentation
3 minute Q&A
Introduction to the next founder
All views are my own and not investment advice.
Company 1 of 5 - Capital Rise
Uma Rajah, Co-founder and CEO
A multi-award winning online property crowdfunding platform making it easy for property borrowers to raise finance quickly and efficiently and offering Investors market-leading returns of 8-12% p.a from secured lending to prime real estate.
Raising £1.5m | £16m valuation | will I invest - no | https://www.seedrs.com/capitalrise
Company 2 of 5 - Sherpr
Andrew Watson, Founder and CEO
Sherpr removes the hassle of carrying your bikes, golf clubs and ski equipment to and from the airport, helping you to save time and travel lighter at the click of a button.
Raising £110k | £3.6m valuation | will I invest - yes | https://www.seedrs.com/sherpr
Company 3 of 5 - Holiday Online
Shameem Golamy, CEO & founder
Founded by former Head of Overseas for Rightmove, our mission is to capture the Holiday Listings Market in Coastal and Rural regions around the UK. We acquire private holiday lets from owners of single and multiple properties and market them online in return for a commission on bookings.
Raising £75k | £650k valuation | will I invest - no | https://www.seedrs.com/holiday-online
Company 4 of 5 - Aceify
Malcolm Graham, CEO and Charles Homewood, Co-founder
Aceify is a booking, scheduling and payment solution for sports and fitness lessons. The app makes it easy for sport and fitness lovers to book and pay for high-quality lessons, all from their device.
Raising £200k | £2.5m valuation | will I invest - no | https://www.seedrs.com/aceify
Company 5 of 5 - Upgrade Pack
Urchana Moudgil, Co-founder and COO
Upgrade Pack is all about upgrades. We help our users access discounted flight and hotel upgrades, globally. We operate as a closed marketplace, exclusively serving the customers and employees of our clients; who use Upgrade Pack as the ultimate loyalty benefit.
Raising £500k | £12.75m valuation | will I invest - yes | https://www.seedrs.com/upgradepack
There was now an opportunity to meet the founders over drinks and I waited in line to interrogate Urchana about Upgrade Pack.
This was my time to hit the London Underground, still not fully recovered from Sunday's day trip to Dusseldorf and a subsequently busy few days of meetings with little rest bite.
A well organised monthly event and one I hope to attend regularly.