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.
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.
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?