By Nick Lyth
I am new to angel investing but not new to caring about environmental issues. As a mother my absolute highest priority is helping to protect my children’s future and I am trying to do that on a multitude of fronts, one of which is investing in green start-ups.”
Green Angel Syndicate’s fifth pitch event took place in the impressive offices of Baker Botts in the heart of the City of London on 26 April, with a packed room of investors and four innovative companies targeting four very different areas of the green economy:
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%
Green Angel Syndicate’s fourth pitch event took place at the spectacular Taylor Wessing offices on 15 February, with a packed room of investors and five high profile companies targeting five diverse but highly essential areas of the green economy:
Here is a quick summary of what we learned from these businesses, which are all a perfect match for Green Angel Syndicate: businesses with exciting long-term growth potential, able to make a positive contribution to the economy, and good for the environment and for the people on our planet.
Green Angel Syndicate’s third and last pitch event of the year took place on 30 November, with a packed room of investors and four extremely interesting and highly contrasting companies, targeting markets as diverse as:
However, all four of them have two essential points in common: firstly, the ambition to grow into a large company with a unique, innovative, cutting-edge product or service; and secondly, a clear ‘green’ mission. Here is our review of their excellent presentations and the lively Q&A sessions that followed.
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.