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Haatch D2N2 ESAIF

£8m Institutional Regional Fund

Haatch and D2N2 LEP have collaborated on an £8m Fund to Fuel Growth in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s Startup Ecosystem.

In May 2024, Haatch, known for its entrepreneurial roots and commitment to fostering innovation outside of London, announced a groundbreaking collaboration with D2N2 LEP, the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire. This partnership aims to drive economic growth by investing in emerging startups and entrepreneurial talent in the region.

D2N2 LEP is a leading force in driving economic growth and job creation in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

As the LEP for the region, D2N2 LEP provides strategic leadership and support to businesses, local authorities, and educational institutions to stimulate economic development and innovation.

Regional Investing

Since inception, 75% of Haatch’s investments from all funds have been made into companies based outside of London so our deep desire to invest regionally expands even further with the Haatch D2N2 ESAIF.

Notable regional based companies in Haatch’s portfolio include;

  • Aerocloud, an airport management platform who have raised from Haatch, Playfair, Stage 2 Capital, Triple Point and others
  • Native Teams, a cross-border employee management tool supported by Haatch and Eleven Ventures
  • Made With Intent, a platform that helps retailers understand visitor Intent who have raised from Haatch, Portfolio Ventures and Mercuri
  • Bunch, a tool that allows users to manage all their household bills and divide them between housemates

Looking Forward

Over the next two years, the Haatch D2N2 ESAIF will invest in approximately 13 companies providing a significant step forward in unlocking the potential of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s startup ecosystem and driving sustainable economic growth.

The £8m Haatch D2N2 Early Stage Angel Investment Fund

The collaboration between Haatch and D2N2 LEP sees the two parties investing in businesses based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire through the Fund titled “Haatch D2N2 ESAIF”, meaning “Early Stage Angel Investment Fund”.

With £8 million ring-fenced for investment, the partnership aims to fuel the growth of emerging startups and entrepreneurial talent in the region.

The partnership will also see co-investment from British Business Investments a wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of the British Business Bank, who committed £10m to Haatch in 2022.

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The Haatch D2N2 Early Stage Angel Investment Fund (or Haatch D2N2 ESAIF for short) is an £8m Fund created by Haatch and D2N2 LEP to invest in and fuel growth in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire’s Startup Ecosystem.

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The Fund follows the same thesis as the Haatch EIS & Haatch SEIS Funds, with the additional elements of;

  • Companies based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire
  • Revenue generating
  • Have been trading for 6-24 months
  • Looking to add value to net zero/low carbon strategic outcomes, demonstrate credible ESG credentials and create new jobs
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The Fund is a limited partnership with investment made up of the D2N2 LEP and Haatch SEIS & Haatch EIS Funds. British Business Investments will also co-invest in line with our Haatch investment policies & strategies.

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Our website has an open pitch form for founders to contact us directly. Our investment team monitors inbound applications daily and aims to respond within 14 days. You can submit your pitch here.

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Our investment process is fluid and evolves based on the context of the investment round. The quickest we’ve made an investment decision is three days, but our typical timeline is three to four weeks.

The stages of our investment process are highlighted below:

  • First call; one of our investment team will have an introductory call with you to understand the market and persona you’re building for. This is an opportunity for us to dive deeper into your story, the pain felt by your buyer and how deep it is. It also allows you to ask us any questions you might have.
  • Successive calls; following a successful first call, we typically have two to four additional calls, diving into any areas of uncertainty and learning more about the market and how your solution fits their pains. The key question we ask ourselves throughout this process is, “How deep is the problem this team is trying to solve, and does their solution tie directly to the pains of their ICP?”
  • Investment committee; following our calls, the Haatch team will create a memo highlighting every aspect of our knowledge of your company. We’ll next come up with any final comments/questions, which we’ll ask you during a 45-minute session with the entire Haatch team. Following this discussion, we’ll make our investment decision, for transparency, 80% of the investment team need to have a resounding, yes.