The Entrepreneurs Club - Business Opportunities

LOADIE LTD
£350,000

Loadie is a mobile application designed to link organisations with pallets, abnormal loads or parcels with local drivers who can take the loads there and then. The application effectively works in exactly the same way as Uber - but with a focus on logistics. The driver application will be available on Apple iOS and Android and the Customer management system/load management system will be available online.

In the last 10 years the number of owner operated “White Van” commercial vehicles has increased by 30% to nearly 4 Million. However, many of these individuals/companies do not have regular work and despite new technology and increases in large Pallet networks, the number of empty backloads in the UK has increased since 2000. The difference in empty backloads within that timescale has added more carbon dioxide to the environment than the entirety of installed solar power removed within that time.

At the same time, the relentless increase in e-commerce transactions has meant that organisations need to reduce delivery time to remain competitive. Thus the pressure for faster deliveries and more transparency has become ever more critical to companies, particularly within the retail sector.

Loadie has been designed to address both these issues and the ubiquity of Smart Phones means that there should be little barrier to entry for the application. The App is free to download and use by both drivers and companies placing the loads. Using Loadie, drivers who are currently underutilised or on zero hours contracts can find work without having to go through complex bidding processes. Even large Logistics organisations will be able to reduce unfilled backloads and the loads they pick up are much more likely to be “ready to go”. The customer can track the driver, whilst on route to the pick-up, making it much easier to plan warehouse pace and staff. This will reduce customer enquiries and increase customer satisfaction as the delivery can also be tracked by the recipient all the way to its destination.

Additionally, many logistics companies will not take pick up requests after 12.00 this makes same day delivery and “hot sale” opportunities difficult to organise. However, Loadie enables loads to be collected at unusual or “out of contract” hours with no extra charges. Companies will be given a list of average delivery charges but on each occasion they will decide the cost of their own load. If no interest is shown by drivers then they will be notified of the need to increase the price.

Loadie takes full payment for each load cost and deducts 15% as its own revenue, before passing on the balance to the driver, once a satisfactory delivery has been made. Additional revenue will be derived from a “Loadie +” subscription service of £9.99 per month which provides privileged access to loads and dynamic routing services. Other revenue streams include insurance referrals, vehicle hire and renewal, fuel cards and advertising.

To date Management has invested £80,000 in developing the Loadie App and is now seeking £350,000 to take it to market. To take advantage of this completely new segment within the logistics market the marketing will be highly targeted and aggressive. Equity is negotiable and participation encouraged by suitable investors. An exit is planned via a trade sale or Public listing. However, it is anticipated that when this application gains market traction it is very likely to be a target for acquisition.


GIANT HEALTH EVENTS LTD
£150,000

GIANT (Global Innovation and New Technology) is an established global Health tech event showcasing leading health technologies from around the world and accelerating innovation and commercial success in an inspirational, creative environment.

Events are invaluable market places to fuel trade. Many industries have annual “blockbuster” events with 50,000+ delegates generating £25m+ in a 3-4 day event. Yet no events in the health-tech innovation ecosystem deeply serve the needs of all delegates, speakers, exhibitors and sponsors, both before, during, or after the event.

Addressing this large unmet need, The GIANT Health Event is already established as the leading 3-day innovation conference and exhibition, with workshops showcasing leading health technologies from around the world. GIANT’s first global event, in November 2016, was very successful, with over 2000 delegates registered, 150 healthcare investors, 30 start-ups and 5 large international corporates exhibiting, with 235 world-class speakers presenting in 5 conference tracks.

Global issues including an ageing society, enhanced consumer expectations and relentless cost pressure on healthcare systems create continual growth in demand for technology solutions to improve health at lower cost. Healthcare industry spending will accelerate to $9.3 trillion in 2018. Continued innovation from wellness to sick care and developments in health technology will deliver cost effective solutions and much needed improvements in living better.

GIANT serves a broad range of stakeholders across the health spectrum, from consumer tech, private health, and insurance businesses on the wellness side, to healthcare providers in the sickness space, including doctors, hospitals and healthcare organisations. It also serves investors, start-ups and entrepreneurs, SMEs and global corporates, universities, and patient groups. GIANT meets the common needs of all these groups - providing business networking, knowledge sharing/learning, investors/customers/distribution partners/employees/advisors, promoting both careers and business.

GIANT benchmarks and replicates world class methods from conferences and entertainment events in other industries, not yet deployed in the health sector. The Company focuses on creativity and cross-industry collaboration to stimulate innovation. It deploys the latest technology to enhance the value of participation, with GIANT acting as a platform to foster innovation and facilitate the development of the health ecosystem.

The Company has developed and owns a unique, rapidly expanding database of over 40,000 relevant delegates, investors and corporate and institutional stakeholders in the healthcare tech innovation space. This forms the basis of the GIANT innovation platform which, moving forward, will be accessed through a membership subscription service that will connect stakeholders (e.g. investors with innovators). Current Partners include Samsung, Google, GE Healthcare Life Sciences, University of Cambridge, IBM and Johnson & Johnson Innovation.

The GIANT ‘core team’ are experienced, passionate business leaders / entrepreneurs supported by a talented, motivated team delivering sales, marketing, IT, logistics, and operational support. There is also an Editorial Board, Ambassadors & Junior Ambassadors, and an entire ‘Conference Maker’ team managing ‘at the event’ operations.

The Company is currently seeking investment of up to £150,000 to facilitate the rapid growth of the business. Funds will be used for event hire, a proprietary IT platform & experienced staff to accelerate sales and profits. Revenue will be derived from multiple streams including Sponsorship, Exhibitors, Delegates and Subscriptions (beginning in 2018).


ERES TU PAPA LTD

Eres Tu Papa Ltd is a British company dedicated to the production of high quality, marketable films outside the inflated Hollywood budget infrastructure. To create opportunities for profitability, the Company works with popular genres that have demonstrated their ability to provide solid box office sales on lower budgets and where there is consistent audience demand. They have recently completed filming of Cuban psychological horror film ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ (‘Is that you?’). It tells the story of 13 year old Lili who uses a ritual in the hope of finding her missing father but, when the ritual goes wrong, the lives of Lili and those around her become endangered.

The Company is now seeking equity investment of £100,000 to complete ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ In addition to an attractive equity deal, investors will receive an Executive Producer credit and two invitations to the premiere, joining the cast and crew on the red carpet at an international film festival. Advance assurance for the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) has been obtained from HMRC, which offers income tax relief to investors. ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ has received interim approval for certification as a British film, so investors also benefit from the fact that the Company can claim 25% of UK core expenditure as a tax credit. This investment opportunity is being offered for a limited time, to ensure the film is completed in time for submission to the Sundance Film Festival for a premiere in January 2018, as this will provide the best venue for securing valuable distribution deals.

The film is forecast to provide a significant return on investment for several reasons: Firstly, lower costs in Cuba enabled the Company to keep the budget low while delivering a quality high production. Through personal contacts, the Company brought together a crew made up of the best professionals in the industry and Cuban actors who have international reputations. The father is played by Osvaldo Doimeadiós, one of the best actors in Cuba who has had major roles in numerous films. The cinematographer is Raul Perez Ureta, cinematographer for some of the best Cuban films in the last 25 years, with ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ being the fiftieth film he has made. The producer is Emma Berkofsky, Head of Development at Lionsgate UK, who has 25 years experience in the film industry.

Secondly, horror, and particularly psychological horror, is a consistently popular genre and does well on lower budgets. Fear is fear no matter what the language, so horror does well in international sales. ‘¿Eres tú, papá?’ is the first psychological horror film to be made in Cuba, distinguish it from other offerings in the horror genre.

Thirdly, the worldwide Spanish speaking market is huge. This includes the US, which is the most valuable territory for film, where Spanish speakers are the fastest growing demographic in terms of box office numbers.

Finally, as well as providing an atmospheric backdrop that is perfect for a horror film, Cuba holds a fascination for Western audiences, so the film will also to people who want to gain a different view of Cuban life. Working with the horror genre, ‘Eres tú, papá?’ shows a Cuban family and Cuban life in a way that avoids the stereotyped image of Cuba made up of sun, salsa, cigars, tourists, and rum. Now is the right time for this film, capturing the distinctive nature of Cuba before it changes.



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The Entrepreneurs Club
(Leeds & Sheffield)

Back Office
1, The Avenue
Harewood
Leeds
LS17 9LD

Tel : 0113 288 6898 or 07791 848 386
Email: info@TheEntrepreneursClub.com