by Nick Lyth, CEO and Founder of Green Angel Sydicate
by Jonny Hughes, Chief Executive Officer, WCMC and honorary member of Green Angel Syndicate
It is autumn, and as sure as the leaves on the trees turn from green to gold, so begins the retailers’ inevitable long haul towards Christmas. John Lewis Oxford Street unveiled its Christmas display on 26th September, just three days after the official start of autumn and a full three months ahead of the festival itself.
Despite all the effort that retailers have traditionally put into persuading us to buy and buy more over the last three months of the year, the peak of the shopping season, it seems that not everyone is convinced. There is a growing movement of conscious consumerism that is gaining support, particularly amongst young adults and those overwhelmed by the amount of ‘stuff’ in their lives.
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.
Research carried out by the University of Glasgow a few years ago found there had been encouraging growth in the proportion of women business angels, rising from 3% in 2008 to 12% in 2014 [1}. Growth I would like to see more of, speaking as one of the 12%
At what point is a business angel investment decision taken? Last week, Green Angel Syndicate decided not to make an investment in one company. The week before, we decided that we would make an investment in another company. What was the difference?
Why are angel investment pitch events so exciting? A procession of companies make the case for investment with the same bright smiles and hopeful promises, to an audience of predominantly well-heeled, self-made entrepreneurs. Do you recognise this? It is the format the crowd funding platforms have tried to break, with razzamatazz, showbiz style venues, and lavish hospitality, but the audiences remain obstinately the prosperous, worldly-wise cynics that we meet at all the other events, and the pitches are the same combination of over-confidence, inflated claims and desperation. Green Angel Syndicate will be hosting a pitch event on 21st June from 5.30 to 7.30 which will almost certainly be no different.