THE STATE OF ANGEL AND EARLY STAGE INVESTING IN THE UK
Thursday, 11 October 18:30 Registration, 19.00 Presentation, 20.15 Networking, 21.00 Finish
Taylor Wessing, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TW
£35 (Please note that we do not take American Express)
We cordially invite you to join us at our next HBS Alumni Angels of London event on Thursday, October 11th for an expert panel discussion on the stage of angel and early stage investing in the UK.
The evening will be moderated by Jenny Tooth, OBE and CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early stage investing, representing over 15,000 investors around the UK. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of facilitating SMEs access to investment, both in the UK and internationally. Jenny will be joined by Martin Mignot, Partner at Index Ventures who focuses on Seed and Series A investments; John Spindler, the Founder and General Partner of the AI Seed Fund; and Alex Hoye, a seasoned angel investor and entrepreneur who co-founded the co-working space Runway East.
The discussion will draw on the practical experience of the panellists to examine questions such as:
- How is the early stage investment ecosystem changing? In particular how is the role of angel vs. Institutional investors changing?
• Is early stage investing increasing or decreasing?
• Are there specific sectors most suited for Angel investing?
• What makes for successful early stage investment strategies?
• How can an angel best help their investments succeed?
• Are early stage investors getting a ROI?
• How will Brexit impact the early stage environment?
Jenny Tooth is CEO of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early stage investing, representing over 15,000 investors around the UK. Jenny has over 20 years’ experience of facilitating SMEs access to investment, both in the UK and internationally. Jenny sits on the steering group for emerging technologies and innovations for Innovate UK and the advisory board for the London Co-Investment Fund. Jenny is an experienced speaker on angel investing and entrepreneurship both in the UK and internationally. She has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Jenny was awarded an OBE in 2015 for services to small businesses.
Martin Mignot is a Partner at Index Ventures. Martin focuses on startups which operate in large markets (food, transportation, finance, health, SME) through the development of must-have products that get exponentially better with each additional user. He has worked with many entrepreneurs who started such businesses, including, Bird, BlaBlaCar, Cowboy and Deliveroo. He also serves on the board of Drivy, KRY, Revolut, TheFamily, Trainline(following the acquisition of Captain Train) and previously SwiftKey (acquired by Microsoft in 2016). In addition to the companies already mentioned, he led Seed round in hosted search API company Algolia. Most of his initial investments are Seed and Series A.
Alex Hoye been a part of bootstrap, seed, crowdfunding, micro-VC, VC, PE, institutional private placements, public listings, and trade exits on both sides of the table and in nine countries. In 1999 Alex co-founded GoIndustry which disrupted the B2B auction space (think eBay for corporates) and was listed in 2006. Alex then co-founded of the fastest-growing snowsports brand in the industry Faction (link is www.factionskis.com) which is venture-backed and co-working space Runway East (link is runwayea.st) which hosts ecommerce-focused companies backed by Index, Branson, Andreessen Horowitz and more. On his own account, Alex has invested in fifteen early-stage businesses, including Skimlinks, Grabble, RentMineOnline, Seedcamp, MyBuilder and Conversocial and before turning entrepreneur worked stints at Disney and McKinsey. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School and an advisor at the Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London.
John Spindler is the founder of both the London Co-Investment Fund and AI Seed as well as being the CEO of Capital Enterprise. In the past year John has directly been involved in investing in 50 seed and pre-seed predominately deep tech startups. In a previous life John has been an angel investor and a founder of tech startups.
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