Dine with CEO of Green Angel Syndicate: investing in early stage technologies in the green economy

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Nick Lyth is co-founder and CEO of Green Angel Syndicate, the only angel investment syndicate in the UK specialising in the fight against Climate Change and Global Warming.

What Green Angel Syndicate invests in…
Green Angel Syndicate was created to make investments in early stage technologies, processes and installations in the Green Economy. The syndicate invests in early stage, innovative technology companies that are seeking to improve the way we use resources – energy, water and the wider transition to a greener economy – sustainable transport, smart cities. Typically they invest £150-500,000, often participating with other investors, and they can act as lead investor or in a supporting role in a larger group.

portfolio Includes…
Smile Plastics, AirEx, BuyMeOnce, NatureMetrics, Entomics, Zeigo, Betterpoints, Swytch Technology, Piclo, to name a few.

The dinner conversation will be…
Whilst Green Angel Syndicate want to invest in companies which have a positive impact, every single business they back must have the objective of delivering good returns to investors. With this in mind, Nick Lyth will be talking about:
✓ Investing in the green economy.
✓ Commercialising green innovation.
✓ The importance of understanding your market and its scalability.
✓ What Green Angel Syndicate look for in investable deal flow.
✓ Tech trends that will impact the green economy in 2020 and beyond.

Who is Nick Lyth?
Nick Lyth is co-founder and manager of Green Angel Syndicate (GAS), the only angel investment syndicate in the UK specialising in the fight against Climate Change and Global Warming. He is responsible for finding and selecting the companies in which the syndicate invests, as well as business development for the syndicate. Prior to GAS, Nick founded, developed and managed International Resources and Recycling Institute, which specialised in applied research, working in European partnership projects exploring innovations in renewable energy, water management, sustainable transport, waste and recycling, and other areas of resource use.

 

Dine with Angel Investor, Peter O’Shea: secure the right investors for your tech business

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Peter O’Shea is a serial angel investor, a former MD at Morgan Stanley and seasoned entrepreneur! Peter has a wealth of professional experience including a 10 year career at Morgan Stanley’s London office, where he built a foreign exchange and currency derivatives business and was a Managing Director. Peter has a portfolio of early-stage investments in tech companies such as Transferwise, N26, Acunu (bought by Apple), SteelEye, Breather, Stash Invest, Qonto, Cluno, Base4, Organox to name just a few! On the night, Peter will be sharing all on finding the right investors for your tech business.

The dinner conversation will be… 
With a focus on tech investments, this is a great time to meet with and learn from Peter, to leave with ideas and inspiration for your own business, as well as the opportunity to speak to others facing similar industry challenges and opportunities as you chat informally over dinner. Peter will be talking about
✓ Finding the right investor/s for your tech business.
✓ How to present your investment proposition
✓ When to walk away from a potential investor.
✓ What you should expect from an investor long term.
✓ Learnings from hands-on experience with startups

Who is Peter O’Shea? 
Peter O’Shea is a serial angel investor, previously an MD at Morgan Stanley, and a seasoned entrepreneur! Although Peter’s professional career was in global capital markets, he is a very experienced investor in early-stage ventures, has had hands-on experience at startups and has long been committed to the transformative impact of innovation. He has significant portfolio of tech investments.

Dine with Investment Director at QVentures: How to successfully raise investment

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Toby Fenwicke-Clennell is Investment Director at QVentures, one of the most active communities of sophisticated investors from around the world. The membership consists of a unique group of some of the most renowned and influential Angel Investors, HNWIs and Family Offices in the market. The calibre of QVentures membership attracts some of the most promising entrepreneurs, with the team reviewing on average 100 new deals per month. With a community of over 800 vetted and qualified investors from 21 different countries and a strong network of portfolio companies, this is a great opportunity to meet with and learn from Toby who will be talking about how to successfully raise investment for your business.

What QVentures invests in… 
QVentures is sector agnostic community of sophisticated investors targeting post seed to series A companies based in the UK and EEA, targeting raise amounts between £1m – 5m. They partner with the Quintessentially Group, one of the world’s largest networks of engaged High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs).

QVentures Investment portfolio Includes… 
Recent investments include; Pass the Keys, Classlist.com, Coconut, Go Instore, The Foraging Fox, Rise Art, TalentPool, Mayku, City Pantry.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Toby’s responsibilities at QVentures includes sourcing potential investments, so this is a perfect opportunity to meet with Toby who will be talking about:
✓ How to successfully raise investment.
✓ How and where do investors typically source potential deal flow.
✓ Common traits that will rule your business out of investment.
✓ What information you must include in your initial investment pitch!
✓ From Pass the Keys, Classlist to Coconut – key lessons learnt from investing in disruptive startups.

Who is Toby Fenwicke-Clennell? 
Toby is the Investment Director at QVentures and runs deal origination for the company. In addition to managing the origination team, his responsibilities include sourcing and qualifying potential investments, business development and representing QVentures at 3rd party events. Prior to joining QVentures, Toby worked in corporate finance before, most recently, taking on the role of Investment Manager for UHNWIs across the globe specialising in the facilitation of foreign direct investment into small UK businesses. Toby holds a BA Hons, Business Management degree from Newcastle University.

Dine with Angel Investor, Chris Mairs: investing in AI and deep tech

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Chris Mairs is a prolific angel investor and Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First. Chris has made over 85 predominantly deep tech investments since 2012 and is a leading entrepreneur. He was a co-founder and CTO of Metaswitch Networks, including a period working in Silicon Valley. He was chairman of Magic Pony Technology, acquired by Twitter for a reported $150m. Chris is always on the hunt for disruptive tech startups and will be talking about investing in AI and Deep Tech ventures.

Chris’ Investment portfolio Includes… 
Recent investments in Kheiron Medical, Proportunity, AimBrain, Tractable, Phoelex, CloudNC, GTN and Flyt, to name a few.

This dinner is perfect for… 
Startup founders and management level at tech startups.

The dinner conversation will be… 
With a wealth of angel investment experience and a successful entrepreneurship and management background, Chris is ideally placed to share advice and knowledge with fellow tech peers and founders. Chris will be speaking about:
✓ Investing in AI and deep tech.
✓ Working in technology – the key mistakes that he has seen a wealth of tech startups make.
✓ What he looks for as an investor and the key telltale signs that will stop an investment.
✓ How to successfully reach out to an investor.
✓ Future tech trends to watch out for!

Who is Chris Mairs? 
Chris is a Venture Partner at Entrepreneur First and a prolific angel investor, having made over 85 predominantly deep tech investments since 2012. He was a co-founder and CTO of Metaswitch Networks, including a period working in Silicon Valley. He was also chairman of Magic Pony Technology, acquired by Twitter for a reported $150M.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

 

Dine with co-founder of Angels Den: raising capital through angel investors

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Bill Morrow is co-founder of Europe’s largest angel network, Angels Den, an online investment platform where angel investors and experienced business people invest in pre-vetted SMEs. Bill Morrow co-founded Angels Den in 2007 and Angels Den has proved to be highly successful, with over 90% of their funded deals still in business. Bill will be sharing all on raising capital through angel investors.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Bill has been creating, building and selling business for the last 25 years and can be often found travelling the world sharing the Angels Den vision and evangelising about the right way to raise funding. Bill will be sharing all on:
✓ Why consider raising capital through angel investors.
✓ The value lead-investors can add to your business.
✓ The criteria angel investors will typically apply, when looking at investable deals.
✓ Some of Angels Den successful raises and their stories.

Who is Bill Morrow? 
Bill Morrow is the co-founder of Europe’s largest angel network, Angels Den an online investment platform where angel investors and experienced business people invest in pre-vetted SMEs. Bill has been named the world’s most influential person in alternative finance by City AM and since founding Angels Den in 2007, has helped to change the rules on angel investing, leading the way in making investment truly accessible to great businesses.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd. This is a dinner, not a dropin event, so we ask that guests turn up on time and don’t leave until after the Q&A.

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Dine with Kirsty Macdonald, early stage investor at JamJar Investments: investing in consumer brands

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Kirsty Macdonald, an Investment Manager at JamJar Investments, an Angel/VC fund from the innocent Drinks founders.

What they invest in… 
JamJar looks to invest in seed and round A of high growth consumer brand businesses in both digital and non tech. Their initial investment is likely to be £250K to £1m.

Their Investment Portfolio Includes… 
They have a portfolio of investments in brands such as Graze, Deliveroo, Tails, Propercorn, Toucanbox, Babylon, Bulb, amongst many other growing consumer brands.

The dinner conversation will be… 
JamJar invest in consumer brands because this is what they know, love and where they can help the most. They love to back great people with great ideas and Kirsty, as Investment Manager at JamJar will be sharing all on:
✓ Understanding the benefits of raising investment for your consumer brand.
✓ Why having a strong team is so important.
✓ Valuation – how to value your business.
✓ What JamJar look for in an investable consumer brand.

Who is Kirsty MacDonald? 
Kirsty Macdonald, has been an Investment Manager at JamJar Investments, an Angel/VC fund from the innocent Drinks founders since 2015. Kirsty loves to analyse. She previously worked at Unilever doing marketing and customer analytics for a host of well respected brands.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Dine with Angel Investor, Richard Alvin: investing in fashion, media & tech

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Richard Alvin is an Angel Investor and Founder at Audere Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm specialising in investing in high growth companies in the media, technology and fashion sectors.

What invest in… 
Richard has historically invested from £50k to £600k in media and fashion businesses. He has a ranging portfolio of invested businesses, from a live band streaming company which brings live music experiences into your living room, to a haute couture fashion company famous for making the wedding dress for Princess Diana.

Richard’s Investment Portfolio Includes… 
Richard’s portfolio includes CrimeDeter, Capital Business Media, Brighter Comms, Lewis & Oliver, SofaGig, Elizabeth Emanuel and ELA.

The dinner conversation will be… 
As an active angel investor, this is a great opportunity to hear from Richard who will share all on:
✓ The key ingredients for angel investment success.
✓ What criteria he applies to find the most exciting businesses to invest in.
✓ Key technology trends.
✓ The do’s and don’ts when raising angel investment.
Take this chance to meet with Richard, have a clearer understanding of what it takes to raise investment from an angel investor and to talk to him and your fellow diners informally over dinner about what you’re working on.

Who is Richard Alvin? 
Richard Alvin is an angel Investor and founder at Audere Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm specialising in investing in high growth companies in the media, technology and fashion sectors. Richard founded Audere Capital, following the trade sale of three previous businesses which he founded, wholly owned, managed and exited.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Dine with Angel Investor, Michael Blakey: what makes a tech business truly investable?

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Michael Blakey is angel investor and co-founder at Avonmore Developments. Since becoming an angel investor in 2000, Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 7 successful exits. During Michael’s career he’s been named ‘UK Angel Investor of the Year’ by the UK Business Angel Association, selected as one of the ‘Maserati 100’ and voted by Angels News into the list of ‘Business Angels You Should Know’.

What they invest in… 
Avonmore generally provides initial funding of £50k – £250k from its own resources, but works with a wide range of high net worth investors, family offices and venture capital funds to raise larger syndicates. They focus on early-stage and seed level investments. They usually act as lead investor and regularly invest in multiple rounds.

Their Investment Portfolio Includes… 
Reposit, The Ticket Group, Chattermill, Trouva, Bybox, OC Robotics to name just a few.

This dinner is perfect for… 
Startup founders, CEO’s and management working for tech businesses.

The dinner conversation will be… 
Michael is responsible for Avonmore’s initial investment selection, so this is a great opportunity to get face to face with Michael to hear more on:
✓ What makes a tech business truly investable to an angel investor?
✓ The differences between angel, VC and crowdfunding and which route to take.
✓ The current UK angel ecosystem and investment trends to be aware of.
✓ What criteria Avonmore look for in an investable deal.

Who is Michael Blakey? 
Michael Blakey is angel investor and co-founder at Avonmore Developments. Founded in 2000, Avonmore Developments has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 7 successful exits. Michael is not only recognised for his successful investments, but for the relentless support he gives to the founding and management teams of the companies he invests in, as well as his generous contributions over the years towards building the startup and investor ecosystem in the UK. Michael has also invested in 8 startups in Southeast Asia and recently co-founded Cocoon Capital, a SE Asian focused fund that has invested in a further 10 companies to date.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

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P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

Dine with Angel Investor, Richard Alvin: investing in fashion, media & tech

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Richard Alvin is an Angel Investor and Founder at Audere Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm specialising in investing in high growth companies in the media, technology and fashion sectors.

What invest in… 
Richard has historically invested from £50k to £600k in media and fashion businesses. He has a ranging portfolio of invested businesses, from a live band streaming company which brings live music experiences into your living room, to a haute couture fashion company famous for making the wedding dress for Princess Diana.

Richard’s Investment Portfolio Includes… 
Richard’s portfolio includes CrimeDeter, Capital Business Media, Brighter Comms, Lewis & Oliver, SofaGig, Elizabeth Emanuel and ELA.

This dinner is perfect for… 
Business owners, CEOs and management working for disruptive fashion and media companies looking for investment.

The dinner conversation will be… 
As an active angel investor, this is a great opportunity to hear from Richard who will share all on:
✓ The key ingredients for angel investment success.
✓ What criteria he applies to find the most exciting media and fashion startups.
✓ Key technology trends in the media and fashion sectors.
✓ Key lessons learnt from investing in media and fashion business.
Take this chance to meet with Richard, have a clearer understanding of what it takes to raise investment from an angel investor and to talk to him and your fellow diners informally over dinner about what you’re working on.

Who is Richard Alvin? 
Richard Alvin is an angel Investor and founder at Audere Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm specialising in investing in high growth companies in the media, technology and fashion sectors. Richard founded Audere Capital, following the trade sale of three previous businesses which he founded, wholly owned, managed and exited.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

#MeetandEat

P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on first download of the app. Download the app in advance.

 

Dine with award winning Angel Investor, Peter Cowley: securing investment in the B2B market

Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet… 
Peter Cowley is an award-winning Cambridge-based serial tech entrepreneur and angel investor.

What Peter typically invests in… 
Peter has built up a portfolio of over 60 angel investments and his portfolio of investments is largely made up of deep product, b2b technology businesses, reflecting his experience, skills and background.

His previous investment portfolio includes… 
Neul, Ept Computing, Worksnug, Cambridge CMOS Sensors, The Outside View, isotera, Artfinder, to name just a few.

This dinner is perfect for… 
Founders, CEOs and management level of b2b tech businesses. Whilst Peter’s advice will be relevant to all companies raising money, he focusses on b2b, so don’t expect a warm response if you try to pitch him a business outside his clear criteria (know your audience)!

The dinner conversation will be… 
As a regular guest at events, judging panels and on TV programmes, relating to technology, entrepreneurship and angel investment, Peter is perfectly placed to speak about:
✓ Gaining investment from an angel – what a tech business needs to know.
✓ The biggest barriers to the success he experiences from entrepreneurs.
✓ Lessons learned from investing in over 60 businesses – some successes and some failures.
✓ Why he has strict investment criteria and why he sticks to it!
If you are a b2b business currently starting to scale, this is the perfect opportunity to meet and chat with Peter about your business. Take this opportunity to listen to and learn from a leading and respected angel investor.

Who is Peter Cowley? 
Peter Cowley, a Cambridge university technology graduate, founded and ran over 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35+ years. He has built up a portfolio of over 60 angel investments with a number of good exits and several failures. He was UK Angel of the Year 2014/15. He has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and is on the board of seven startups. He is also the Chair of the Cambridge Angels and President of the European Business Angel Network. Read more on www.investedinvestor.com.

What’s included? 
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2-course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.

#MeetandEat

P.S. TableCrowd are offering complimentary cab rides home (£15) thanks to their partner, Gett, on the first download of the app. Download the app in advance.