Redlands Angels helping entrepreneurs to get start-up businesses to fly high

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Redlands Angels secretary Garry White said angel investors could act as sounding-boards for entrepreneurs trying to launch their proposals and also made deals to help to finance ideas they believed had merit. Photo: Supplied

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Redlands Angels secretary Garry White said angel investors could act as sounding-boards for entrepreneurs trying to launch their proposals and also made deals to help to finance ideas they believed had merit. Photo: Supplied

EARLY learning apps, a device to steady crane loads and a ride sharing platform for flights are just some of the ideas being pitched to Redlands angel investors by bayside creatives.

Redlands Angels, who are a group of angel investors, meet every month to hear what plans entrepreneurs in the Redlands are trying to develop.

The non-for-profit group was formed last year to help boost business in the Redlands.

Redlands Angels secretary Garry White said the panel of investors all had successful backgrounds in business.

They could act as sounding-boards for entrepreneurs trying to launch their proposals and also made deals to help finance ideas they believed had merit.

Mr White said he believed the Redlands was full of talented people with exciting plans that could be developed.

"We are more well placed in terms of mentors, but we just have to pull people out of the woodwork," he said.

He urged budding entrepreneurs to contact the Redlands Angels to help grow their business.

His appeal has come as investors try to the push the Redlands into becoming an innovation hub to help baysiders capitalise on technology booms.

An advisory panel, called the Redland Innovation Advisory Group, was formed last year to help council decide how the federal government's Advancing Regional Innovation Program grant should be used.

In September, more than 500 young people from across Australia and New Zealand will be hosted at Redland Performing Arts Centre for the Young Entrepreneurs Summit, which is being staged by Redland and Logan city councils thanks to the funding.

Mr White, who will be a guest speaker at the summit, said sometimes all that was needed for a business to become more successful was another set of eyes to look at it.

Aspiring entrepreneurs have already been pitching ideas to Startup Redlands at The Bench at Cleveland every month for feedback on how to progress.

Mr White said pitches made directly to Redlands Angels were delivered to the panel without an audience to ensure intellectual property rights were protected.

Redlands Angels wanted to help business ideas bloom, he said. They sought to invest in the early stages of start-ups.

For more information, visit redlandsangels.com.au.