Background

Companies

How we operate

OION Ltd provides access to active investors who can add value to early stage companies, in addition to capital. Many are successful entrepreneurs who bring management expertise and contacts to boost the development of early stage businesses.

We hold seven investment Showcase events every year so that selected companies can meet potential investors. OION Ltd is Oxford based but with a nationwide focus and will therefore consider opportunities from across the UK. We welcome applications from investment opportunities with a:

  • High growth potential with a scalable business model
  • Funding requirement between £100,000 - ~£2,000,000
  • Disruptive technology
  • Clear need for product / service with a sustainable competitive advantage
  • Growing, accessible market
  • Good management team

Please submit your investment opportunity using the Company Registration form. 

Selected companies will be invited to pitch directly to our qualified Investors at one of our OION Ltd Investor Showcase events. Prior to the Showcase, the companies selected to present are offered an opportunity to hone their pitch by making a ‘dry run’ presentation to a panel of business angels and professionals with specialist investment experience. The purpose of the panel is to ensure that the presenting companies are 'investor ready' in order to maximise their chances of securing investment. The dry run presentation is informal and highly effective, particularly for those not used to presenting to an investment audience.

Benefits of business angel investments

  • Equity rather than debt finance
  • Investors bring skills and contacts
  • Investors share risk as well as reward
  • Longer term investment
  • Face to face contact with investors
  • Access to management input and contacts
  • Early stage focus

Fees

Presentation fee: £325 + VAT
Success fee: 5% of funds raised

The success fee is only charged when an investment is made. It is payable within 14 days of completion of the investment.

News

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OION Ltd’s latest Showcase sees thirteen companies pitch at London Stock Exchange

Last week’s OION Ltd Showcase at the London Stock Exchange featured presentations from thirteen fascinating companies seeking investment.

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OION Ltd’s first Showcase of the current series held at Bisham Abbey, Marlow

Following a brief pause for the summer, September 27th saw the first OION Ltd Showcase of the current series. Held at the stunning Bisham Abbey near Marlow, ten companies from a broad range of sectors pitched.

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Bookabees secures funding following pitch at OION Ltd’s May Showcase

Bookabees pitched to OION members at the May Showcase held at the Leander Club overlooking the river in Henley on Thames. Since then, we’re pleased to report that they’ve recently closed their round with investment from OION included.

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Rovco named ‘Game Changer’ by the Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult

Rovco, after receiving £280,000 of investment from OION members as part of a £1.2m raise, have been named a ‘Game Changer’ by the Offshore Renewables Energy (ORE) Catapult.

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OION Ltd’s final Showcase of the summer series sees ten companies pitch for investment

OION Ltd returned to Oxford’s Saïd Business School last Thursday for the final Showcase before the summer break. Ten company pitches were followed by networking and refreshments providing investors with the opportunity to find out more from the companies of interest.

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Ten companies pitch at OION Ltd’s May Showcase hosted by Leander Club

OION Ltd’s May Showcase was held last week at Leander Club overlooking the Thames in Henley. Ten companies from across OION Ltd’s three investment networks (OION, TVIN & OEI) pitched for investment.

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OION Ltd completes 37 deals in 2017/18

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network Ltd had 37 separate companies receive funding within the last financial year. 19 companies were funded through the OION Ltd Angel Investors and a further 18 through the OION Fund.

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Labrador raises funding through OION Ltd

Labrador pitched at the February OION Ltd Showcase kindly hosted by Rathbones at their London offices. We’re pleased to report that, since their pitch, Labrador have raised funding through OION.

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Twelve companies pitch at joint OION Ltd and OUI Showcase

The joint investment meeting held by Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION Ltd) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI) saw a mix of twelve companies pitch for investment - eight from the OION Ltd network and four from the OUI network.

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Success for MusicGurus

MusicGurus is the e-learning platform for the music industry, revolutionizing the way that music is learned and taught and providing leading publishers, artists, equipment brands and schools with the means to go digital.

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Latest OION Ltd Showcase sees twelve companies pitch for investment

Twelve companies pitched for investment at the recent OION Ltd Showcase, kindly hosted by Rathbone Investment Management at their offices in central London.

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Smart textiles company, Pireta, secures £500,000 through Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION)

Following their pitch at the October 2017 OION Ltd Showcase, held at Centrica’s head office in Windsor, Pireta have recently closed their investment round after raising £500k from OION members.

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OION’s ‘Robotics & AI’ Showcase sees ten companies pitch for investment

OION’s first Showcase of 2018 was held last week in collaboration with RACE (the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) at Culham Science Centre, Oxfordshire.