LINC Scotland is the national association for business angels in Scotland, with a membership which includes many active individual investors and most of the main angel groups or syndicates. LINC Scotland represent members at government level in Edinburgh, London and Brussels and were founding members of both the European Business Angels Association (EBAN) and the World Business angels Association (WBAA). Since 1993, they have played a significant and active part in changing the business culture in Scotland and the Scottish business angel marketplace is now recognised as amongst the most developed in Europe.
How LINC works
What can LINC Scotland do?
They bring companies and potential investors together in a number of different ways:
By providing ongoing and up-to-date Bulletin of Investment Opportunities to their investor members. This contains brief outlines of the companies currently seeking finance and interested members can request further information before deciding whether to meet the company.
By maintaining an ever expanding and more sophisticated database of investors and their requirements which can usually provide a number of “matches” for each new opportunity.
By running regular investor meetings in various parts of Scotland, at which companies get the opportunity to present their case directly to an audience of investors.
By personal networking – the LINC staff spend time getting to know the investors in their own area so that when a new opportunity comes in they can often make direct one-to-one introductions to well matched investors.
Does it Work?
Generally LINC Scotland facilitates funding for about one in six of the companies it works with – a much higher “hit rate” than conventional venture capital organisations.See more