Business Angels

Spears 2020

JAMES BADGETT

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

Angel Investment Network has grown from a lightbulb moment between two childhood friends in 2004, to a global network connecting investors and entrepreneurs from all over the world. Now with nearly a million members, the service is bridging the space… Read More

XAVIER BALLESTER

ANGEL INVESTMENT NETWORK

Fifteen years into life at Angel Investment Network, Xavier Ballester says that the era of approaching ‘grey-suited men’ in ‘oak-panelled rooms’ in the hope that they would ‘bestow you some cash’ is finally over. The network’s database of nearly a… Read More

SURANGA CHANDRATILLAKE

BALDERTON CAPITAL

Described by a London daily this July as a ‘unicorn-hunter’, Suranga Chandratillake hit the headlines in 2018 after Balderton Capital raised £9.1 million in funding for Healx, a Cambridgebased medtech start-up using artificial intelligence to find new, potentially life-saving uses… Read More

PETER COWLEY

MARTLET

‘I’m on a mission to improve the journeys of start-ups,’ Peter Cowley says, ‘by educating angels and entrepreneurs to make fewer mistakes, work better together and produce more successful exits’. In the six years since Martlet was launched by aerospace… Read More

LEX DEAK

QVENTURES PIA

Industry commentators recognise Lex Deak as a leading investment expert. The 35-yearold serial entrepreneur founded ‘super-angel investment club’ QVentures with David Mickler and Quintessentially’s Aaron Simpson to provide the market with ‘a single access point, a beautiful interface’ to encourage… Read More

SANJEEV GORDHAN

NEWABLE PRIVATE INVESTING

Sanjeev Gordhan is a commercial director for Newable Private Investing (NPI), formerly London Business Angels. As one of the longest standing business angel networks within the UK, NPI has over 500 active angel investors. In the last two years, the… Read More

HUSSEIN KANJI

KANJI

For Hoxton Ventures co-founder Hussein Kanji, there is a great deal of hype regarding tech ventures, especially ‘home-grown British success stories’. The firm, whose investments include fooddelivery app Deliveroo and cybersecurity player Darktrace, always approaches propositions with caution. ‘We invest… Read More

JEFF KELISKY

SEEDRS

New Seedrs CEO Jeff Kelisky has taken the world’s first regulated crowdfunding platform to record levels of investment, helping raise another £10 million to support growth, including £4 million from top-backer Neil Woodford and £6 million from an equity crowd… Read More

MIKE LEBUS

Mike Lebus has spent the year looking for the ‘next problem to solve’, after growing his 14-year-old network to nearly a million members, with over 100,000 pitches submitted last year. ‘We’ve tried to never lose touch with our entrepreneurial roots,’… Read More

BRUCE MACFARLANE

MMC VENTURES

Bruce Macfarlane, former US M&A lawyer and Merrill Lynch investment banker, founded MMC Ventures in 2000, and the business is now one of the most highly regarded VCs in the UK, with significant loyalty from HNWs, who have provided £200… Read More

ALEX MACPHERSON

OCTOPUS INVESTMENTS

Angel investors play a valuable role in helping entrepreneurs to establish themselves as big global businesses, says Alex Macpherson. Once invested, the angel’s business skills, experience and knowledge can then be fully used. Macpherson emphasises Octopus’s focus on finding dynamic… Read More

STRUAN MCDOUGALL

CAMBRIDGE CAPITAL GROUP

Struan McDougall’s private members club-style investment firm provides ‘a qualified deal flow in a specialist market’, enabling investors to ‘collaborate as a group of angels’. Their networking hub, founded by McDougall 17 years ago, brings together HNWs who want to… Read More

TIM MILLS

ANGEL COFUND

There are opportunities a-plenty in the tech VC world, Tim Mills says, adding that the market for early investment has been ‘buoyant’ in the past year. This has resulted in new ventures as well as growth in existing portfolios of… Read More

RODNEY SCHWARTZ

CLEARLYSO

The world is becoming more socially aware, and the public is increasingly interested in the values of organisations, says ClearlySo CEO Rodney Schwartz. His firm is all about creating a significant social impact via capital raised, an activity which has… Read More

HITESH THAKRAR

NEWABLE PRIVATE INVESTING

Hitesh Thakrar is the chairman of the Investment Committee of Newable Ventures Limited (NVL), a post seed/pre-series A, Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) Fund focused on deep technology. Newable Private Investing (NPI) and NVL fill a vital gap in the venture… Read More