about

South West Angels (SWA) is a for-purpose not-for-profit (NFP) and member-lead Association comprising actively engaged private investors that seek to provide investment capital – financial and intellectual – and mentorship to innovative businesses and emerging ventures in the south west region of Western Australia. 
SWA offers a platform for founders, entrepreneurs and start-ups to present their business ideas and investment opportunities to members. 


The group aims to create awareness of angel investing, as an alternative asset class, and educate investors on best practice for investing in local ventures in order to generate efficient quality deal-flow in the south west and complement the diverse innovation ecosystem.

South West Angels Launch

Official Launch at Clairault Streicker Wine Estates

Members of the group and special guests came together on Friday, 15 March at Clairault Streicker Wine Estates between 4pm & 8m for an exclusive event comprising three pitches by emerging ventures and new business owners.



Networking over divine wine and canapés, members discussed its initiative, supported by the South West Development Commission (SWDC) and Department of Primary Industries (DPIRD) to bring global practices in angel investing and gaining access to, filtering, structuring and potentially investing in emerging high-growth ventures: Rob Kelly (Livestock Pricing Pty Ltd), Troy Bottegal (Airwave by Wave Co) and Tyler Spooner (Unocart). 



A panel discussion led by immediate past Chairman and current Chair of Industry Development, Education & Events, Greg Riebe (Perth Angels) was joined by Rebecca Ball (SWDC), Ian Brown (Chairman, Perth Angels) Tracie Clark (Vice Chairperson, Perth Angels) and Tash Ayers (AgriStart). 



Stay tuned for upcoming events!

Founders

Fusing Ideas with Investment

  • Are you an early stage business and wondering how you will get the money you need to make your business grow?
  • Do the banks consider your business too risky?
  • Have you considered an Angel Investor?

Angel Investors

  • Invest their time and money in your business in exchange for equity
  • Are experienced business people who can act as mentors
  • Normally invest in sectors they understand and that are usually close to home
  • Contribute sector knowledge, networks and connections

Who are the South West Angels?

The South West Angels is a not-for-profit organisation actively engaged with connecting investors to emerging businesses. We are part of a State network of Angel groups, with connections to National and International Angel networks.

We provide a place for new businesses to present their investment opportunities to a network of private investors and South West Angel members.

How does it work?

SUBMIT YOUR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST

Feedback from Deal Origination Committee and invitation to proceed or refer to other support services

Submit your application to online investor platform Gust

Present to Deal Screening Committee: 10 min pitch plus QnA

PITCH TO SWA MEMBERS AT PITCH NIGHT​

FEEDBACK FROM DEAL LEADS WHO WILL WORK WITH YOU THROUGH DUE DILIGENCE FOR ANY DEAL OFFERS​

If an offer is not made, your application remains in our deal flow system and can be accessed anytime by our investor members and partner angel groups.

Get Started

FAQ

No, Angel Investors invest their OWN money to invest in small business, and tend to be more hands off than venture capitalists.
South West Angels typically look at investment propositions that require $100k to $500k for a 15% to 40% holding.

Members of the group have participated in a number of ventures across a variety of sectors.

We understand that intellectual property is a real concern for start-up businesses. Any information provided by you will not be shared with third parties or used for any other purpose than for the evaluation of the submitted funding.

No! Pitches are typically 10 minutes long, with a short question and answer time, and are followed by a relaxed networking session.

Funds are used to accelerate your company’s achievement of key milestones that increase the company’s value. We often fund activities that include research and product development, building sales and marketing infrastructure, and hiring key executives.

Apart from completing the relevant sections on the online funding application, additional documents may be required as part of the due diligence e.g. business plans, financial documents, description of market opportunities and how commercialisation will be achieved.

Partnership opportunities

The South West Angels is a not-for-profit organisation actively engaged with connecting investors to emerging businesses. Our vision is to be the destination of quality deal flow of early stage ventures in the South West of WA, by providing strategic funding and mentoring support to chosen deals.

We are part of a State network of Angel groups, with connections to National and International Angel networks. Our aim is to provide efficient sourcing and allocation of early stage investment capital for investment ready opportunities in the South West, and educate regional based investors on the potential value of investing in start-ups.

SWA Objectives

  • Build a professional community of Angel investors in WA
  • Facilitate investment in early stage business opportunities in the South West
  • Provide quality deal flow for angel investors
  • Educate angel investors to support better investment outcomes
  • Engage, collaborate and leverage early stage investment capital
  • Promote ethical and efficient angel investment and angel syndication in Australia

Why partner with South West Angels?

By partnering with South West Angels your organisation will receive the following key benefits:
  • Recognition for supporting regional innovation
  • Access to our network of founders and investors
  • Brand exposure
  • New investment opportunities

Partnership Options

The following matrix provides an overview of the sponsorship packages available. We are happy to discuss with you a range of benefits relevant to your organisation, and will consider a combination of cash and in-kind. A 10% discount applies for agreement of 2 years or more.

Sponsor benefits

Leaders

$10,000 PA

Futures

$5,000 PA

Innovators

$2,000 PA

1. Option to exclude direct competitors from sponsoring

2. Naming rights to a specific event

3. Invite to present or give thanks at event

4. Prominent branding on all marketing, website, videos

5. Option to host part of program at company venue or host site visit

6. Support acknowledged in speeches at all events

7. Access to deal flow

8. Media announcement of support

9. Logo on display at all events

10. Free tickets to all events

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Event sponsor:

$1,500/event

Opportunity to partner with SWA for specific events including pitch nights, investor masterclasses and start-up training. Benefits 3-8 above would apply for that specific event.

Membership

What is an Angel Investor?

Angel Investors believe that successful investment in early stage ventures can generate high returns if done with care and diligence. As a member of a group of likeminded investors, they want to learn from the experience of others and thereby reduce their investment risk. 

Typically, Angel Investors are experienced business people and bring much more than just money to the companies they invest in. This usually allows them to be strategically involved in the ventures they invest in, whether as directors or advisors where relevant.

Why join?

Angel groups have grown significantly both in Australia and globally. Groups offer Angel investors the opportunity to invest in and help build successful companies – while also having a good time. Every group is different in terms of investment strategy and culture. 

SWA offers interested investors a variety of benefits including:

  • Support your community by mentoring entrepreneurs and helping young and innovative companies grow
  • Greater potential to diversify your Angel portfolio and reducing risk of investment losses
  • Stay current on new ideas, technology and emerging markets
  • Standardised processes & term sheets
  • Better deal flow – quality and quantity
  • Networking and fun with a peer group of successful entrepreneurs and executives
  • Build your investment skills by learning from other members and taking educational courses
  • Investors have the option to remain anonymous while the group has a public profile
  • Pooling individual capital increases the chance that entrepreneurs can attract enough money to build their businesses
  • Collaborating with other Angel groups in Australia and around the world.

Membership Classes

Individual Angel

Open to individual adults who are active as Angel Investors and have made at least one Angel investment. Angel members are the backbone of the Association. They have full voting rights and are entitled to hold office in the Association.

Annual Fee $500 + GST

(*2 additional staff/guests may attend events)

Annual Fee $1,000 + GST

Corporate Partners (includes two nominated people*)
This membership is open to government, corporate and private organisations that provide services, or otherwise support Angel investors and/or their portfolio companies. Those organisations must have a good faith intention to contribute to the objectives of the SWA and agree to abide by the SWA Code of Conduct.

Corporate members will receive full member privileges for 2 nominated individuals plus invitations to all events and pitch nights for 2 additional staff members or guests. 

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