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What does QR Ventures do?

If you are searching for investment to establish your company, develop an idea or grow your existing business but are having trouble finding angel investors that are looking to invest in your start-up or established business then QR Ventures is the place for you.

Email your investment proposal to QR Ventures and we will list brief details on the site.

We offer a select the angel entrepreneur service – success fee only.

We offer a full fund-raising capability involving investment proposal.

What type of Investors use QR Ventures and what investments engage their interest?

We only include sophisticated investors with previous investment experience.

QR Ventures has hundreds of self-accredited high net worth individuals, Private investors, individual Venture Capitalists, and Venture Capital firms registered to us right now, actively seeking to invest into bright talented investor-ready businesses. These can include seed capital for start-ups, or growth capital for existing businesses.

Our network of angel investors, Angel investment groups, and angel syndicates all subscribing to investment deal flow from QR Ventures are waiting to hear from you. We do not approve all of the investors that signup to use our service.

What information can you provide that the investors that use your service are real Angel Investors?

When we are asked this question, we understand how valid and serious of a concern it is and realise its significance. Firstly we have gone through great efforts to build our database of Investors

Secondly, we are an openly registered UK Ltd company and you can easily find out who we are and that we are a legitimate company.

Our reputation is important to us and we always do our very best to ensure that every investor that we approve to use our service is who they say they are and is seriously looking to invest in various stage companies. In fact, we have a comprehensive checklist to carry out before we approve an investor to use our service (more on this below). Please note however that although we guarantee legitimate contact with real investors, we cannot guarantee that they will invest in your business, this part is up to you!

What Success Stories or Case Studies can you provide of QR Ventures?

From time to time we document our success stories – although many entrepreneurs and angel investors do not wish to disclose information publicly for one reason or another, some entrepreneurs have asked us to exercise confidentiality and we have always respected the wishes of our users.

All of our success stories include company names or details of entrepreneurs that have taken advantage of our service, found genuine investors. These entrepreneurs have been overjoyed with their success and their overall experience with QR Ventures and so have enjoyed the extra press coverage that their success has afforded them.

What information checks does QR Ventures take to confirm the status of investors?

QR Ventures has hundreds of self-accredited high net worth individuals, individual Venture Capitalists, and Venture Capital firms registered to us right now, actively seeking to invest into seed capital for leading edge start-ups to growth capital for profitable established mature businesses. Further, we have a range of angel Investors, Angel investment groups, and angel syndicates all subscribing to investment deal flow from QR Ventures.

We have gone through great lengths to build our investor database. Only 40 - 50% of investment proposals that we approve on QR Ventures will actually receive one or more investor contacts, so even though other networks may boast about being able to get you 15 random leads, we concentrate on getting you the one or two genuine investors that have read your investment proposition and are genuinely interested in investing in you. For this reason many entrepreneurs use our fund-raising service.

Further, it is not uncommon for some approved investors to only make contact with one or two entrepreneurs per year through QR Ventures and this is another testament that our screening process does work and how valuable receiving an investor contact on QR Ventures can be.

To be approved on QR Ventures as an investor, all investors must first agree and attest to satisfying at least one of the following two statements in order to use our service: a statement for Self-Certified Sophisticated Investor or a statement for Certified High Net Worth Individual and they must satisfy the criteria set forth.

We review their request for self-certification and look at a variety of factors which can include actually calling and talking to the investor and discussing what types of investments he/she is seeking. If we need further corroboration we request Proof of ID, Proof of address, and even proof of funds depending on how satisfied we are with the information the investor has provided.

How much does your service cost and when do I have to pay?

QR Ventures' fee for listing your proposal is free.

We do not approve all investment proposals that are submitted to us, which is why we review proposals without charge before deciding if we feel if your proposal is right for us. Only if it meets our criteria do we charge you a review fee which also includes your formal instruction for us to start promote and send your proposal out to Business Angel Investors that we think would be interested in it.

Is it possible to upload Investment documents in PowerPoint, PDF or Excel format with my proposal to QR Ventures?

Yes. As always, we always recommend not uploading your full business plan with your investment summary - instead to await receiving confirmed investor interest and then to initiate the process by sending an NDA before sending over your full business plan to the individual investor that has contacted you through QR Ventures.

How is my investment idea protected with QR Ventures?

This is a very serious question. Firstly we will never display your entire business plan to an Investor. Instead we will only display a snapshot or summary of your business idea to our business investor community.

By keeping our Entrepreneurs’ investment summaries brief we have found that this provides a sufficient safe guard of protecting the execution of your idea and this is the main part of any business idea that must be protected.

Remember QR Ventures is NOT an ‘open-forum’ and we only accept executive type investment summaries from entrepreneurs. It is important to note that as a product Inventor or entrepreneur, it is fundamentally the execution of the idea that must be protected. So as an analogy - you may not be able to protect or patent the concept of a ‘Pizza’, but you would want to protect and patent the execution of it, i.e. the ingredients and the process in which it is made and cooked.

This is why QR Ventures only sends executive type summaries (1000-characters long) to investors and the reason why we will NEVER ask entrepreneurs’ to display their entire business plan.

My business idea is a simple one, but can be copied easily. How would you protect my idea?

These ideas are called one liners and this is where a business idea can be summed up in a single line, and is very easy to replicate. An example of an one liner innovative idea that could be copied easily is the Rechargeable AA battery that is recharged through the USB port of any computer.

In this particular case, it is agreed that it would be remiss on an entrepreneur's side to state in their QR Ventures investment summary: "I have created a battery that can be recharged via the USB port of your laptop and can be used in any AA battery powered appliance.”

Instead, we would recommend an entrepreneur create a more diligent way to address the investment summary by addressing information on the industry, the demographic customer you are targeting and the problem you are solving. So in this example:

‘The Rechargeable Battery industry is a £40 billion global industry and growing every year. The product that I have developed uses a completely different source of power and is something that any UK or Global household can recharge without using any of the traditional sources of power that consumers are used to using.’ ... and continue on to say: I will disclose all details of my business plan, once I am comfortable with the investor, and have signed an NDA (note to entrepreneur: this is strictly an example of how you would protect your idea on QR Ventures website and must not be relied upon). From our experience, credible Investors’, that are serious about investing, will only need a brief snapshot or executive summary of your idea or investment proposal before deciding on whether or not they wish to contact you to discuss your plan further, and this is the reason, QR Ventures will never ask an entrepreneur to upload their ENTIRE business plan to us as we recognise how valuable, confidential and sensitive these documents are.

How do I upload my Investment proposal to QR Ventures?

It will only take you two simple steps to create your investment proposal and get it sent out to hundreds of UK based investors on QR Ventures today.

Your Investment Summary

Create your investment summary from your existing business plan, amending it slightly to cover the basics of your proposal in no more than 2500 characters or approximately one page.

Fill in all of the investment figures to QR Ventures’ questions for example the amount you wish to raise, the return on investment figures an investor can expect to receive etc. and click the submit button and leave the rest to us.

We will then review it free of charge, and offer you valuable feedback if necessary. If it is up to the standards that we require for it to be featured, then we will approve it, and you can then pay your proposal checking fee and formally instruct us to begin promoting your proposal.

How can QR Ventures get investor contacts? Will you post my proposal on your website and hope that I get the contacts?

No! We offer three services:

Can I appeal to multiple investors on QR Ventures like on Crowd Funding Sites?

With QR Ventures our main motive is getting you in touch with real angel investors that can provide you with the funding and possibly mentorship and experience to get your business to the next level. So instead of simply bundling large amounts of random peoples' money together, QR Ventures allows entrepreneurs to seek to raise 'minimum investment amounts per investor'. This allows entrepreneurs that are seeking to raise large investment amounts to split the amounts between individual investors. As an example, a single £500k investment may not appeal to most angel investors, however, QR Ventures, allows entrepreneurs to advertise a £100k investment per investor, which means that a potential syndication can be organised - with the entrepreneur potentially raising £100k from each investor.

There is one advantage that you may or may not have picked up from doing it this way. Namely as the said investors that contact you through QR Ventures will not know each other, an entrepreneur can easily gain a lot of credibility if for example £300k of capital had already been raised and you were now in the position to be seeking to raise the other £200k from the remaining investor contacts on QR Ventures. Advertising a lower investment amount per investor also ensures that more investors will receive and read your proposal.

As a chartered accountant/Financial Advisor, can I register on your site to post investment opportunities to seek finance for our clients?

Yes! This is something we absolutely cater for. If you have a client or multiple clients and are seeking to get them in touch with real genuine vetted investors then QR Ventures is the place for you.

Our simple and fast streamlined process means that with a single login, you can post multiple investment proposals, across over 180 sectors across all regions in the UK and investment amounts.

With QR Ventures you are able to find real investor leads and you will be able to broker a deal on behalf of your client or of course, send the investor contact leads directly to your client. If you happen to post more than 10 investment proposals per year with us, do contact us for a range of discounts we can offer you.

How can I calculate a ROI (Return On Investment) figure from an Angel Investor?

Return on Investment for an Angel Investor: The Return on Investment or ROI is the profit or loss that an angel investor may expect from an angel investment into your company.

The ROI is a percentage that compares the total potential profits of a project verses its total investment costs.

A Return on Investment (ROI) is usually calculated by an angel investor to measure the performance of one investment relative to another, and also measure the potential profit or loss an angel investor may receive by investing into you.

Calculating your ROI is expressed as a percentage and is based on returns over your expected time period that you expect the angel to invest in your company.

For example, a 25% ROI means that a £100K angel investment into your company would eventually return £125k. Thus, the total ROI would be 25% - NOT 125%!

ROI (Per Annum) is often confused but it is calculated by: (Projected NET return for an investor) - (Investor's original investment) X 100 Investor's original Investment

This is obviously a very simplified version of calculating an ROI for an Investor but the foundation of calculating it will remain the same always.

Now to go into further specifics - Have you projected an Exit amount? Then factor this amount in your ROI, and then in your main proposal, explain that you have factored an exit via a trade sale (for example) in year 5 which would project an investor a TOTAL ROI of X% over 5 years, when combined with the annual project dividends that he may receive.

QR Ventures specifically only lists one single ROI as opposed to Y1, Y2, Y3 etc - as we are seeking to feature high risk, high return investment opportunities as most angel investments are, and if you wish to further explain how you arrived at your ROI figure this should be explained in your own language within the investment summary, or in your business plan.

Is it guaranteed that my investment proposal will be listed on QR Ventures?

We are an investment deal-flow service for high net worth individuals and business angel investors. Therefore the quality of investment proposals that we send out to our registered users have to be of a certain quality and we employ an internal review process for every single investment proposal that is submitted to us. This is the reason review of your investment proposal can take anywhere between 24 hours and 72 hours. This being said, we will never out-right refuse an entrepreneur's investment proposal, but where necessary we will give pointers as to how the investment proposal should be improved to maximise the potential of it receiving interest from registered investors. It will then be up to the entrepreneur to resubmit the investment proposal for us to re-review.

My business is at the start up stage and therefore I am not sure of the investment required. Can these areas be left blank initially with a note in the investment proposal section that the angel finance (or angel investment) needed is negotiable?

We have a range of self accredited high net worth individuals as well as Business Angel Investors that regularly use our service.

As soon as we approve your proposal, we send it out to all of the angel investors on our database that registered interest in your chosen industry, your region, and your angel investment range. Further, when we receive new angel investor account applications, and angel investment groups sign up to our deal flow email, when their investment criteria matches yours, we email them your investment proposal. If an angel investor is/are interested in contacting you after they have read the information you have provided, they will send you an email..

So, we will require investment figures from yourself. This way we can be sure that we are sending your investment proposal to angels that can afford to invest in your business.

Or one of our advisers can discuss this with you.

How is my Security protected with QR Ventures?

Your information is kept private and never shared with third parties and any information stored in our system is protected electronically as well as through procedural safeguards. Further, only registered Accredited Investors who meet Self Accredited guidelines can view your investment summary.

Can you ensure that my proposal will be seen by relevant Investors that are actively seeking to invest in my Industry?

QR Ventures groups all registered Investors into interest categories sorted by region, investment stage, company stage, and their very particular investment preferences. When a new proposal is submitted to QR Ventures we match it with Investors' very particular investment preferences and inform them via email of your investment proposal. When a particularly impressive investment proposal is submitted, we contact our Investors directly by post, email and phone to inform them of your proposal at no extra charge to you. This ensures that your proposal receives an instant exposure the moment it is added to our database.

When I submit my proposal will it be edited by QR Ventures? And if so, can I view the edited version before publication?

We always look over all investment proposals submitted to us. This is to maintain the quality of deal flow that we send to our angel investors. You can request us to do this, and we will gladly email you with the changes before making it live. But this is something that must be requested. Alternatively please add a note that you would like to be emailed (if you have space in your proposal) and we will follow your instructions.

How can an Angel Investor find and view my proposal?

QR Ventures’ registered Investors will always have unlimited access to your online business proposal (and video presentation, if you decide to upload one) which means that your chances of meeting high net worth individuals are considerably higher than by using normal brokers and agents as QR Ventures allows the High net worth investor to browse freely through all of our proposals.

Can I upload my business plan to QR Ventures, along with my investment summary?

QR Ventures will never ask Entrepreneurs to upload their ENTIRE business plan to us as we recognise how valuable, confidential and sensitive these documents are. We have a policy to inform entrepreneurs to always be extremely diligent when it comes to posting or sending their business plan to third party websites or investment services.

How do you protect against Fraud?

As you might expect, QR Ventures has a zero-tolerance policy against any kind of fraudulent activity on our network. We constantly carry out checks on our registered Investors to ensure that they are real, active and qualified. Further to be a registered investor on QR Ventures, investors will have to attest to stringent self-accreditation guidelines on being an Investor.

What are your company policies?

Please view the pages in this section which clearly outline all our terms and conditions and policies.

Should I make the angel investor sign a non-disclosure agreement before I provide my proposal?

This is entirely up to you and each business owner and business is unique. However, we would personally recommend doing anything possible to protect your business ideas and a non-disclosure is never a bad idea.

When should I provide my full business plan to an Investor?

Usually a serious credible Investor will read and contact you directly with very specific questions on your idea or investment proposal. Once you answer these questions satisfactorily, the Investor may ask to see your full business plan. Only IF you are comfortable should you disclose your business plan. It is always wise to have the Investor sign a Non Disclosure agreement beforehand, though not really enforceable, at least it will demonstrate that you are serious about what you are doing and that at the very least you are FORMALLY requesting that an investor NOT disclose the information to any third party!

Without an international patent, how could an inventor/entrepreneur feel comfortable sharing priceless information on an ‘open-forum’?

Firstly QR Ventures is NOT an ‘open-forum’. We value greatly the privacy of both entrepreneurs as well as registered investors.

This is the reason why we only accept executive type investment summaries from entrepreneurs. It is important to note that as a product Inventor or entrepreneur, it is fundamentally the execution of the idea that must be protected. So as an analogy - you may not be able to protect or patent the concept of a ‘Pizza’, but you would want to protect and patent the execution of it, i.e. the process in which it is made and cooked.

This is why QR Ventures only sends executive type summaries (1000-characters long) to investors and we will NEVER ask entrepreneurs’ to display their entire business plan. So as an example that is quite relevant to an innovative idea that could be copied quite easily: The AA pencil battery that is rechargeable through a computer USB port. In this particular case, it is agreed that it would be remiss on an entrepreneurs’ side to state in their QR Ventures investment summary: "I have created a battery that can be recharged via the usb port of your laptop and can be used in any AA battery powered appliance.”

Instead, a more diligent way to address the investment summary would be to talk a little bit about the industry, the demographic customer you are targeting and the problem you are solving. i.e. ‘Batteries are a £40 billion global industry and growing every year. The product that I have developed uses a completely different source of power and is something that any UK or Global household can recharge without using any of the traditional sources of power that consumers are used to using.’

QR Ventures will never ask an entrepreneur to upload their ENTIRE business plan to us as we recognise how valuable, confidential and sensitive these documents are. We have a policy to inform entrepreneurs’ to always be extremely diligent when it comes to posting or sending their business plan to third party websites or investment services.

For further information on this please visit QR Ventures entrepreneur resources for guides on various features such as copyrights and patents.

Should I pay an Angel investor a fee before the investment takes place in my company?

You should NEVER pay a legitimate angel investor any upfront money for them to invest in your business. There are various investment scams taking place on the internet and they are more popular than ever.

Can I list my company name, website details and contact details in my investment proposal that is sent to your angel investor database?

We send your investment proposal with generic details. To further promote entrepreneurs, every time an Angel Investor signs up and we approve their angel investor account they register very specific investment and regional data in the investments that they are looking for. We send them a break-down of all of the proposals that match their criteria - and the angel investor can then contact Entrepreneurs directly from this email or browsing them online.

Is QR Ventures regulated by any Financial Institution?

QR Ventures is not regulated by the FSA. as, we do not fall within FSA regulations. Each angel investor is required to attest to being a self-accredited "sophisticated investor" as well as other certification requirements which furthers places the responsibility on the angel investor to understand the risks associated with typical early-stage high risk investments.

I have more questions, how should I contact you?

You can call us by dialling 0330 053 6790. You can also email us directly at info@qrventures.co.uk or leave us a message here asking more questions.

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