At the UK Business Angels Association, Green Angel Syndicate was recognised for its unusual approach to investing in important areas for our economic community. GAS has made its mark in a short space of time by concentrating on investments in energy sectors and water sectors. It already has a membership of 35 active investors, and has reached £3 million invested in 5 different investee companies.
If we needed persuading that the consequences of the growing shortage of fresh water are important, this week's picture of the body of a poor little 3-year old boy on a beach in Greece should convince us. We need to help these people, and we also need new ideas to help the generations to come.
Green Angel Syndicate has just completed its fifth investment into an exciting Middlesbrough-based company innovating in industrial waste water treatment: CatalySystems.
There is a surprising and innovative business opportunity for an energetic and visionary new team in the UK to take an idea developed by an energetic and visionary Portuguese businessman in Lisbon. He has worked out how to charge electric vehicles using solar power, and created a perfectly circular business model around this simple breakthrough. His name is Carlos Jesus.
In Portugal two weeks ago for an electric vehicle project, I was lucky enough to be given the use of a Tesla Model S saloon for a day of driving north of Lisbon.
The meeting was effective in explaining the nature of Living Labs and how this monitors all aspects of energy delivery and usage in real time, and records them for examination and analysis. This is a very good way to develop carbon calculations in relation to energy usage and buildings.