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%
It is neither new nor news that large multinational companies invest in innovative, disruptive start-ups. Examples are littered across the sectors including technology, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and consumer goods. Similarly, in the oil and gas sector, mergers and acquisitions are a common, unnoteworthy feature, although their frequency can be used to indicate the strength, and growth potential, of the market. What is a remarkable feature of several acquisitions of the oil and gas giants in the last couple years, however, is the fact they have not been in the traditional fossil fuel realm, rather they have actively invested in (relatively) small renewable, or cleantech, companies.
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.
Can the world be 100% powered by renewable energy, and if so when? We believe so, by 2050. We know that this is an extremely ambitious target, and not the consensus amongst researchers, but we think it is achievable thanks to three massive trends that we expect to unfold over the coming decades.
As the only angel syndicate in the UK specialising in investments that are of benefit to the green economy, Green Angel Syndicate is refining, rather than re-defining, the Cleantech investment sector.
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.
Is Cleantech really clean? How can resource efficiency compete with consumerism? Why does innovation conflict with market demand? You can hear these points discussed in the following video, which features Nick Lyth’s talk to the annual Industrial Summit in Oulu, Finland.
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?
Green Angel Syndicate has created a new Advisory Group made up of 13 people. This is a response to the levels of interest received in the unique specialisation of the syndicate in innovation and technologies concerning the resource use issues that dominate global concern for sustainable economic activity. The new team is composed of people whose natural interest in these areas of profound social importance is complemented by their experience.
It is a very exciting and diverse group, from different working backgrounds, different national jurisdictions, different ages and stages of working life. But they all share three things in common.