This article originally appeared on DanBAN site, 4.8.2018
Nordic Angel Program (NAP) is a training and investment program for startup investors. The goal of the program is to increase cross-border investing awareness among existing and potential startup investors. This is done through sharing angel investments best practices, inspire cross-border investing and offer a unique opportunity to screen and invest in the most promising early-stage startups in the Nordic & Baltic area. NAP culminates in a syndicated investment into one or more startup finalists and the investments are made in cooperation with experienced business Angels.
The initial application period for this first round of the NAP program at DanBAN ended on 24th of April and almost 40 startups applied to the deal flow room. All startups were carefully screened by the 22 investors of DanBANs Nordic Angel Program, led by the experienced lead investor, Thomas Black-Petersen. From this first batch, the 10 best startups were selected for an exclusive pitch event in front of all NAP investors on the 8th of May 2018. After the event three startups were chosen for individual follow-up meetings and finally, it was chosen to continue the due diligence process and negotiation of terms with two finalists. The minimum ticket size for each Business Angel investor was 13,400€ (100,000 DKK).
Two startup finalists received investments
Why did you choose to apply for the NAP program?
It is a fantastic initiative to connect startups with business angels and an intriguing format. Syndicated investment are a great opportunity to get a wider network connected to your startup, so when I saw the opportunity, I couldn’t resist.
What was your expectations and did they match the reality?
I didn’t know what to expect to be honest. I was very much focused on delivering a great pitch and get as many people as possible interested in our mission and the product we have brought to the market. If we succeeded with the first and got picked as finalists, I was prepared for a thorough due diligence process.
What has been the best experience working with the NAP group?
So far the people and the open dialogue. It is great when you can have a clear and honest conversation around every aspect of the company and also the future relation you embark on.
What has been the most challenging working with a big group of business angels?
I wouldn’t’ stress anything as challenging beyond normal. When you grow +50% each month your biggest challenge is time. So anything added on top becomes a choice of priority. But I would rather say there has been a great understanding of that.
Why should other startups apply for the next NAP program
It is an unique chance to get +20 investors to join your company and help you scale and grow. The combined experience of the whole group is invaluable!
TOP 10 startups in the NAP I program by DanBAN