Angel Business Club Review: Introduction

Angel Business Club Review
Angel Business Club Review

The Angel Business Club is a passive investment service which offers the opportunity to invest in start-up businesses.

The Club's professional investing team does all the hard work and research, so this looks like an ideal service for us to get involved with.

We're very much beginners when it comes to angel investing, so we were expecting a steep learning curve. However, signing up to the Club was simple and after just a couple of days, our ABC portfolio already had shares in three businesses.

The fact that this is a passive investment is very attractive. We're excited to find out whether we can set up our portfolio initially, then let it run and watch the money roll in. ABC has certainly had success in the past, as we'll cover shortly.

Our Angel Business Club review explains how it all works and next month, once we hit 12 months of being part of the club, we will be posting our profit/loss report.


What is the Angel Business Club?

When we think about investing in start-up companies, we're reminded of the Dragon's Den TV show, where a panel of venture capitalists look to invest their money in exchange for equity in businesses.

Being able to sit in one of those chairs seems like a world away to most of us, but the Angel Business Club makes it possible for the everyday person to get involved without having to do any leg work and without investing vast amounts of money. 

Investing in start-up businesses is something that is not normally open to the general public. Most start-ups are usually looking for large sums of money from big-time investors to kick start their businesses.

There are definitely perks to investing in start-up companies, for example imagine having the opportunity to have bought shares in the likes of Google or Facebook when they were just starting out. Investors have made a fortune from being able to get involved with these businesses early on.

On the flipside, not all start-ups go on to be successful, which is why it is important not to put all of your eggs in one basket.

This is where the Angel Business Club looks really interesting as they buy shares in lots of start-up companies, not just one. Some of them are not going to work out, but there's the chance to make a really good return from the ones which make it.

So far members have seen an annual growth of somewhere between 40-70% on their portfolio, which is much higher than you would expect to see from most investment opportunities.

Angel Business Club Success Stories

  • WideCells Group, a world leading Stem Cell Service provider, which listed on the London Stock Exchange in June 2016. Members that received shares in this investment saw the value double in price from 8p to 16p each.
  • Path Investments, active in the Oil and Gas sector, listed on the London Stock Exchange in March 18 2017.

How does Angel Business Club work?

Members of the Club pay a monthly subscription fee. The base level is £80 and prices go up to as much as £897 per month at the highest level. It all depends on how much you are happy to invest.

We opted to subscribe to the first membership level at £80 per month and started to receive shares, or “share entitlements allocations” to be precise, in different start-up businesses each week.

The main way to make make money from the club is when a company you have shares in gets taken over by a large competitor. In this case, all shareholders receive either a payout or shares in the larger business.

If a business chooses to raise money on a stock market to further accelerate growth, the value of the company often increases. This is more great news for angel investors as the value of their portfolio rises.

As businesses grow, there's also a chance to receive dividends although it could take some time for this to happen. 

Members can choose to trade their shares with other members on the internal exchange. This can be a smart move if you think the value isn't going to increase in the short-term, while another member wants to take a long-term view.

There is no commission charged for using the internal exchange so it's a great way to buy and sell shares.


Summary

As we mentioned right at the top of our Angel Business Club review, we have been members for almost a year. It's exciting to see whether any of the budding businesses that we've invested in end up being the next big thing.

After 12 months of membership, we will have invested a total of £960 and we're excited to share details of our portfolio. We will be back in June with our full profit/loss report.


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