Time and time again we have seen how a truly diverse, supportive business landscape is the key to more successful investments.
There are a number of reasons why women are under-represented as angel investors, but a key point is concern over a lack of knowledge on how to invest in start-ups. Without that knowledge, many women don’t have the confidence to step into angel investing.
While it is true that angel investing is a unique asset class with its own peculiarities, it is possible to learn how to invest in early stage start-ups, and at HERmesa we strongly believe that the best way to learn is by doing.
HERmesa provides a solid educational framework to its members via webinars and case studies, delivered by experienced angels. By offering a relatively low initial ticket size (£2k) to our investors we facilitate quick, hands-on learning and the construction of a diversified portfolio, which is key to ensuring healthy returns.
While each investor chooses which deals to invest in and how much to allocate per deal, we operate with the following rules of thumb:
Membership in HERmesa is limited to those who are “High Net Worth Individuals” or “Sophisticated Investors” as defined by the Financial Conduct Authority under the Financial Services and Markets Act (2000) “FSMA”. Angel investing, is risky: risks including illiquidity, future dilution, lack of dividends and potential loss of capital, and, as such, should only be done as part of a diversified portfolio. Angel investors use their insight and experience to make their own investment decisions.