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Yond - The Halo Programme

The Yond team joined the Halo Programme in September 2023. They signed up for the programme to get a deeper understanding of what is required when pitching for investment. 

 

Yond is a revolutionary travel app that uses social media inspiration to hyper-personalise trips for travellers. The app helps with everything from finding the perfect destination based on personal interests, to booking flights and accommodation, creating customised itineraries and discovering off the-beaten-path local gems. By leveraging social media data and AI, Yond provides highly curated and tailored travel experiences.


During the programme, participants were taken through a wide-ranging course covering all aspects
of investment readiness. The culmination of the programme was a showcase event where the Yond team delivered an excellent pitch to a group of invited guests from the local business community. A panel of 4 expert judges asked questions and gave feedback after the pitch.

The Yond team joined the Halo Programme in September 2023. They signed up for the programme to get a deeper understanding of what is required when pitching for investment. 

 

Yond is a revolutionary travel app that uses social media inspiration to hyper-personalise trips for travellers. The app helps with everything from finding the perfect destination based on personal interests, to booking flights and accommodation, creating customised itineraries and discovering off the-beaten-path local gems. By leveraging social media data and AI, Yond provides highly curated and tailored travel experiences.


During the programme, participants were taken through a wide-ranging course covering all aspects
of investment readiness. The culmination of the programme was a showcase event where the Yond team delivered an excellent pitch to a group of invited guests from the local business community. A panel of 4 expert judges asked questions and gave feedback after the pitch.

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“The Halo Programme was invaluable in shaping Yond from just an idea into
an investible proposition. The comprehensive curriculum and mentorship
enabled us to clearly articulate our vision and refine our pitch. This preparation
was instrumental in successfully securing investment for Yond”


Emily Vinsen
Co-Founder, Yond

As part of the programme, Yond had access to 2 experienced mentors. The mentors spent time each week
to go through what the team had covered in the workshops, what areas they needed to work on and
advised on all aspects from business planning to partnership negotiations and pitching.

Josh Davies, and I worked with the team at Yond to get them to pitch ready stage. Josh and I are from very different demographic groups and have incredibly different business experiences - Josh is an entrepreneur and I am an advisor. Bringing those two skill sets together enabled us to develop deep relationships with Mark and Emily and really challenge them on their plans and proposals and help
them develop their pitch in a way that was authentic and effective. Apart from the positive side of getting involved with a brand new business and working with Mark and Emily, I really enjoyed working with and learning from Josh and his different experiences. Now that they have raised some funds, I look forward to following Yond’s journey to commercial success!


Mark Schofield
ACG Member & Mentor

From Investment Readiness to Investment Success

Following the programme, the Yond team successfully pitched at an Anglia Capital Group pitching
event and received investment through the group and external investors.

The ACG team first met Yond about a year before they took part in the Halo Programme. We could see that they had a very exciting offering but were struggling to effectively communicate the opportunity to investors. The team at Yond worked incredibly hard and really made the most of the Halo Programme, working with their mentors and taking on all the information in the workshops. Their final pitch at the finale showcase was incredible and really showed how far they had come. Following on from the programme they successfully pitched to the ACG members and received investment. This is wonderful news for Yond and also for the tech start-up community here in Norwich.

Hannah Smith
Managing Director, Anglia Capital Group


 

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