The business world is starting to recognise that recovery and reuse of resources in efficient circular business models, as an alternative to the using-up of virgin resources, is a major opportunity. Whether it is the flow of materials, component parts or entire products, circular principles allows us to make and do more with less, and offer the potential to reduce (or even reverse) the negative environmental impacts of our economic activity.
Green Angel Syndicate has already invested in two circular business companies, Alusid and BuyMeOnce, and is close to completing a third, Smile Plastics.
As Green Angel Syndicate celebrate our second-year anniversary and winning ‘Syndicate of the Year’ at the UK BAA Awards on 2 July, what a perfect time to review the progress we have made so far.
Ultimately, we will judge ourselves on the success of the businesses that we will collectively have funded – and it is still too early for any meaningful track record, notably in terms of exits.
However, like last year, we wanted to report on our investment activity for the benefit of our members – including how many proposals we have received; how many investments have been completed and for what amount; and finally, how we have selected the companies that we have invested in and how they fit with our strategic mission.
Our 6th June Pitch Event at Browns Covent Garden in London was another record-breaking success, with a packed, engaged audience of more than a hundred, five new excellent pitches and a very positive update from one of our existing live deals.
Of the six presenting teams, three focused on segments of the renewable energy value chain, and the three others on equally essential sectors of the green economy: energy efficiency, the circular economy and clean agriculture.
Heating accounts for half of energy consumption globally, and over a quarter of total CO2 emissions – so decarbonising heat must be an urgent priority.
However, this is a complex, multifaceted, thorny issue – with no single one-size-fits-all solution, but rather a variety of possible technologies which are both competitive and complementary; and the real-life impacts of the transition to zero carbon heating will be significant, in terms both of investments required and of disruption at customers’ premises.
Imagine the world in 10, maybe 20 years time. What will it look like? If we are to believe the conclusion of COP 24 in Katowice at the end of last year, and the publication of the IPCC Report shortly before it, the natural world is now irrevocably committed to the warming trend.
My name is Ms.Kalyani, originally from India, recently an MBA candidate from Imperial College Business School, London and happened to attend 5th February’s 2019 event in London at Green Angel Syndicate (GAS) which was an absolutely interesting experience, meeting several clean tech entrepreneurs and enthusiastic investors alike.
I am pleased to introduce both myself, Hugh Bartlett, and Young GAS, which I will be running. Young GAS is the second introduction, launched at the Pitch Event on Tuesday, designed to broaden and diversify the range of voices within GAS.
Members of Green Angel Syndicate invest in early stage companies that benefit the green economy. We get involved because we want to see more efficient and sustainable use of global resources.
One of the interesting ways in which businesses are capitalising on the opportunity this represents is through Product-as-a-Service business models. Instead of basing success on selling as much product as possible, suppliers enter into a service agreement with the customer that focuses on the desired outcome or performance that the customer needs. It is an approach that has potential to offer significant improvements in both resource and performance efficiency.