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PETER COWLEY

MARTLET

Martlet is an early stage start-up angel investor, proving investment for business-to-business technology companies. In its five years since it was started up by aerospace and defence giant Marshall of Cambridge, it has invested £4 million in 35 start-ups, and… Read More

LEX DEAK

QVENTURES

For Lex Deak, the best thing about being a business angel is fuelling innovation. ‘I love to spend time with quality entrepreneurs, they have an energy and enthusiasm which is infectious’. Aside from running QVentures, a private, invite-only investor network… Read More

JEFF LYNN

SEEDRS

The idea for Seedrs, the online crowdfunding website, came about when Lynn and co-founder Carlos Silva thought about the investment market, and the fact that it desperately needed a middleman. ‘We were looking at classic market failure: unmet demand and… Read More

BRUCE MACFARLANE

MMC VENTURES

Bruce Macfarlane described 2015 as a year of significant growth for MMC Ventures’ portfolio of companies, which saw £56 million invested in it, more than doubling the £21 million investment from MMC itself. The access to further capital is just… Read More

HUSSEIN KANJI

HOXTON VENTURES

‘Necessity,’ says Kanji, Hoxton Ventures’ co-founder and partner, when asked about how the idea of the company came about. ‘After leaving Accel Partners, no venture fund would hire me — accept from California funds who insisted I move back —… Read More

SURANGA CHANDRATILLAKE

BALDERTON CAPITAL

Before he came aboard Balderton Capital, Cambridge-educated Suranga Chandratillake was an entrepreneur and engineer, founding internet search engine Blinkx in 2004, leading the company for eight years as CEO before the company went public. He’s also worked for Morgan Stanley… Read More

ALEX MACPHERSON

OCTOPUS VENTURES

When he’s not at the office eyeballing the next big investment for Octopus Ventures in either its London or newly-opened New York office, head of ventures Alex Macpherson loves to be up to his knees in manure -— literally. ‘When… Read More

TIM MILLS

ANGEL CO FUND

‘Understanding when you can help and when you just need to let the company and management team get on with it,’ says Tim Mills, the investment director of Angel CoFund and British Business Bank, when Spear’s asks him what makes… Read More

RODNEY SCHWARTZ

CLEARLY SOCIAL ANGELS

ClearlySo was established to help HNWs who want to make an impact with their social investments do so… and it’s really taking off. ‘We’re have never enjoyed faster client growth and our pipeline of deals is growing faster than ever,’… Read More