Launch of Wharton Angels Network

Date and Time
Thursday, February 23, 2017
6:00pm— 9:00pm
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Pinsent Masons
30 Crown Pl
Earl Street
London EC2A 4ES
United Kingdom
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Are you looking to diversify your personal wealth portfolio; benefit from S/EIS tax relief regime on your personal investments; use your expertise to help entrepreneurs to be more successful; or engage with entrepreneurs and leverage on your network to open doors for them? Then angel investing could be interesting for you!


You are invited to a stimulating panel discussion by a group of distinguished successful angel investors who will explore what angel investing is all about and how to do it successfully. On average, each angel investment ranges from £5,000 to £50,000, rather than hundreds of thousands of pounds.


Event Logistics: 



23 February 2017, 6:00-6:30pm registration; 6:30-8:00pm panel discussion; 8:00-9:00pm networking drinks.


Pinsent Masons LLP, 30 Crown Place, Earl Street, London, EC2A 4ES

Kind sponsor of the venue, food and beverages.



Dr. Andy Richards CBE

Andy is an entrepreneur and business angel with an established track record in founding and scaling up innovative Biotech and Healthtech companies in the UK. He is currently Chairman of Arecor, Congenica, Abcodia, and the Babraham Research Campus and is a Director of Ieso Digital Health, Silence Therapeutics plc, Cancer Research Technology (commercial arm of CR-UK), Cambridge Temperature Concepts, and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is an advisor to Cambridge Innovation Capital and the UCL Technology Fund.

His early career spanned positions with ICI (now AstraZeneca) and PA Technology, and he was a founder and executive director of Chiroscience plc. Since 1999 he has founded, invested in and helped to scale more than 25 innovative ventures including companies such as Vectura, Arakis, Cambridge Biotechnology Ltd and Geneservice.  Andy is also a founder member of the Cambridge Angels and a trustee of the British Science Association.


Steve Berry, WU76

Steve Berry has over 35 years of international business experience in corporate finance, from early stage to providing growth capital. Having been involved in starting up of more than 15 companies, Steve holds several executive and non-executive directorships, including Unison Capital Holdings, one of Japan’s largest private equity companies; and Waterbridge Capital, a London based venture capital firm. Based on his experience in building several organisations in the secure telecommunications and tactical intelligence space, he is currently focusing mainly on cyber security and quantum related technology companies. In line with his interest in cyber security, Steve sits on the NATO Industry Cyber Partnership Boards, as well as on the Board of the TechUK Cyber Group.  

He gained an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979, and a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1976.


Rajat Malhotra

Rajat is the 2013 UK Angel Investor of the Year and the managing partner of Wren. Prior to co-founding Wren, Rajat was a competition lawyer in both London and Brussels and now turned seed/early stage investor. He runs Wren Capital which is an angel investor company based in London, UK. Wren looks to invest in technologically and scientifically innovative businesses with great founding/management teams. They have created a substantial investment portfolio to date and is looking to grow further.  Wren are one of the most active and well-connected early stage investors in a number of areas.


Andy Phillips

Andrew Phillipps was CEO and co-founder of Active Hotels. The company sold hotel rooms on-line for over 10,000 hotels throughout Europe, and Andy sold the company to for $161 million in 2004.  Andy then ran Priceline's international operations involving 300 people until Q4 2005 where he and his team grew the company to be the largest hotel booking company in Europe. Subsequently, he bought into and was Chairman of Toptable (bought by Opentable).  He is now an active angel investor and involved as a director in several start-ups. 

His current activities include lecturing in entrepreneurship at INSEAD and LBS, Chairman of i2o water, Director of, and Director at Albion Ventures VCT.


Wharton Alumni Club Member £20; Non-Wharton Alumni Club Member £35 

Please note entry fee is payable to Wharton UK Alumni Club and any queries should be directed to Wharton UK Alumni Club.


Places are limited so please ensure to book early to avoid disappointment.


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