There is an understandable tendency in angel investing to start with the idea on which the business is based. What is it? What’s new about it? Is there any intellectual property, and if so, is it protected or protectable? This focus is, also understandably, calibrated to take account of the competition. In what way is the idea better than the competition in the chosen sector? If it is clearly better, what will the competition do to retaliate, and how quickly?
This week, angel investors will be gathering in the restrained institutional splendour in a corner of London’s Mayfair to experience Cleantech Innovate 2017. This is a conference in which a day is spent witnessing a procession of investment pitches for the investors’ money from struggling young companies, classified as Cleantech, which are desperate for investment funding. Why does it matter whether we support them or not?
Simon Acland is joining the Board of Green Angel Syndicate as Executive Director responsible for deal management. A seasoned investor, Acland has been investing in technology businesses for thirty years and he has a strong investment track record.
Green Angel Syndicate (GAS) has completed its seventh new investment, playing an important role in the latest funding round for London-based developer of hybrid-electric powertrains and associated telematics software solutions (VPVisionTM) for buses. With this investment, GAS has provided over £3.5 million, to fund early stage companies across the clean technology sector.
Those of us who care about the future of the planet are dominated by one word: environment. Mine into any of the theories of change and intervention from Brundtland’s “Sustainable Development” to MacArthur’s “Circular Economy” with the numerous theories of climate change in between, and the bedrock of their theories is provided by a concept of the environment.
Founded in 2013, Green Angel Syndicate operates from Edinburgh and London and provides investors and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to grow innovative technology businesses.
Green Angel Syndicate has made seven investments to date to a total sum of over £3.5 million.
Green Angel Syndicate co-hosted a seminar inviting companies innovating in energy technology to present to a European audience in December. The seminar was held in Enniskillen in the Crest Pavilion, home to the specialist Technology & Skills Centre at South West College.
The event was part of the FREED project, part-funded by the Northern Periphery and Arctic programme, an EU programme in the Interreg VB measure. The FREED project brings together partners from Finland, Norway, Scotland, N Ireland and Ireland to stimulate energy innovation of particular relevance to the harsh northern European environment shared by all.
The transition to the green economy is here, be that a shared electric vehicle, smarter use of resources in the home or simply not using plastic bags at the supermarket.
However, how do you identify the companies that will be successful in developing unique products and services that will accelerate this transition?
This is an area where we, at the Green Angel Syndicate, are specialists.
The Green Angel Syndicate is a network of smart investors with a keen interest in the transition to a greener economy. We support early-stage technology companies developing innovative products and solutions for a more efficient and sustainable use of resource. This unique specialisation, alongside the knowledge and experience of our members creates exciting opportunities with the potential for attractive returns.
What are we looking for?
Crowd funding is causing a stir. It is growing very quickly indeed, it is the new future of investment, it is the way forward for charitable and social causes, it will replace the old traditional and slow ways of funding, both commercial and cause-based with stream-lined and simple processes. On the other hand it is unregulated, it is a fad, it uses technology for the sake of technology, it lacks the depth and consideration of old ways of raising money, it cannot be policed, and the sites are as likely to be run by cowboys as not.
We hear a lot about the Millennials these days. They are ascribed a status and power to affect our world, as if they have already inherited it. They also seem to cover rather a large group. What actually is a Millennial? And do we need them anyway?
In the heat of technology innovation, the concept of disruptive technology is used regularly. It is used without irony or qualification, as a term of praise. In many ways, it is used to be synonymous with "innovative", as if innovation is disruptive by definition.
GAS is pleased to announce the launch of a new European project funded by Interreg's Northern Periphery and Arctic programme, titled FREED. The project will stimulate energy technology innovation in the Northern Periphery.
This month the International Energy Agency held its annual World Energy Outlook conference. The conference produced a fact sheet highlighting the main energy trends for the coming year and there were plenty of positives for green investors.