International Women’s Day – celebrating 20 woman angel investors
Following our International Women’s Day campaign last March, we once again asked our community to nominate a woman angel who has supported, mentored, and inspired fantastic founders or has been integral in paving the way for other women to start investing over the past year.
In 2021 we are still seeing a distinct lack of female representation in the early-stage investment ecosystem. We are always thrilled to hear about women making their mark on the sector so please join us in celebrating 20 women angels and hope this article helps to continue the discussion around how we can improve diversity and inspire you to take steps to backing UK’s founders:
Chenelle is the head of Cornerstone Partners, an angel syndicate whose unique proposition is focused on providing their members with opportunities to invest in promising early-stage and established businesses owned and run by black and diverse founders. The time she offers to support founders from black and diverse backgrounds is described as ‘immeasurable’.
Saloni is an investor at Founders Factory where she leads investments across both Consumer and B2B. Formerly she was a strategy consultant, and more recently worked at Uber and Expedia. Saloni has been angel investing for 3 years, is a part of Backed VC’s community, Alma Angels, and January Ventures’ Operator Network and recently co-founded Sie Ventures.
Mathilda is currently Chief Strategy of TLA.co a fast-growing Tech company. She is passionate about technology and innovation. She dedicates a big part of her free time to advising and mentoring early-stage ventures, lately within Web 3.0 as a Mentor for Outliers Ventures. Previously Mathilda was a Private Equity investor in Brazil, a one-time startup founder and the CFO of a mid-cap company with $100 million in revenue.
Barbara has worked on the commercial side of life sciences for thirty years, first in a large organisation (ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca), before transitioning to the entrepreneurial world of biotech. Barbara is currently Entrepreneur-in-residence at The Francis Crick Institute, where she helps to run an accelerator called KQ Labs, which is focused on start-ups making use of data/AI applied to health. Previously, Barbara was CEO of Stabilitech, and Commercial Director at Arrow Therapeutics.
Andrea has been a member of Anglia Capital Group (ACG) since 2014. She is enthused by the idea of building a network of angel investors in the Norfolk and Suffolk to help retain early-stage, high-growth potential businesses in the region. Andrea supports businesses with a social or environmental benefit, as well as supporting female founders. She led ACG to signing the Investing in Women Code.
Gillian is a Commercial Strategist and Board advisor to start-up and spin-out companies with 20 years’ experience in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most recently Gillian is a Founding Director and CEO of Mint Ventures (Syndicate) Ltd, a new syndicate focused on women led and diverse angel investing. She also represents Kero Developments Ltd, a VC that invests in early stage engineering related spinout and start-up companies and is investor Director for Asset Cool ltd.
Originally a PE teacher Heather went on to found Lifetime Training in 1995 and built the company to become the UK’s most successful apprenticeship and skills training provider. She is now actively developing and investing in a number of businesses all at different stages of growth. She focuses her investment in Bristol based businesses either through Origin or the Bristol Private Equity Club and takes an active role in education focussed businesses.
Min Kim has two decades of experience investing across multiple asset classes and industries. She has previously worked at Generation Investment Management as a partner and portfolio manager but now focuses her time as an angel investor providing capital to businesses that will make the world healthier and more efficient. Min is a member of Astia Angels.
Maureen has worked in the tech sector for over 25 years as a Patent Attorney at the global IP firm, Marks & Clerk (M&C), where she has been a Partner since 2004 and recently retired as Chair of their International Business. She has extensive experience of patent prosecution and handles many internationally diverse patent portfolios. She has also advised clients on due diligence and freedom-to-operate matters and provided infringement and invalidity opinions. Maureen joined the Board of Archangels in 2020.
Vin Murria OBE
Vin Murria OBE is a successful technology entrepreneur and active investor, with over 20 years’ experience in M&A and software sectors, having founded Advanced Computer Systems which she built into a publicly listed company and exited successfully in 2015. Vin is passionate about helping women in tech and also recognises the importance of supporting women to access investment in regions outside the golden triangle. Vin is UKBAA’s Angel Investor of the Year 2019/20. Vin is also an advisor and investor with Hg Capital.
Cynthia spent 11 years at the heart of the unicorn Markit (now IHS Markit) and now holds positions on multiple advisory boards. She is passionate about innovation (especially AI, blockchain, SpaceTech, EdTech), and impact investments and was nominated for Best Female-Led Angel Investment 2018 award by the UK Business Angel Association.
Deepali is an investor and mentor for early-stage start-ups in tech with a focus female founders. She is co-founder of Alma Angels and has previously invested in 5, all female led companies including PensionBee, which consolidates pensions online; Adia Health, a women’s healthcare platform focused on fertility; and Live Better With, an ecommerce platform helping patients live with medical conditions such as cancer. Deepali also invests on behalf of Atomico Angel Programme.
Helen is a Founding Board Director of NorthInvest, a not-for-profit, early-stage investor connector for tech start-ups. She spent 33 years in the UK media and her last position was as the Chief Publishing Officer for Johnston Press. She is a champion for woman founders and investors alike. Helen particularly focuses on closing the gender gap, empowering female leaders and is actively encouraging more women across the north to become angel investors.
Isabel is co-founder of Diaspora Angel Network alongside her husband Gerrad. After living the UK for the past 20 years, they decided to set up the network to help accelerate economic growth in Africa and improve the standard of living for Africans.
Rupa is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. She founded FUTR Group, a year-round platform connecting companies with innovation through technology, research and events. She is active in the UK start-up community as an angel investor in under-represented founders & is passionate about contributing to the advancement of women and am involved in several initiatives including co-organising an annual debate in UK Parliament on International Women’s Day.
Kirsty is an angel investor and experienced chartered accountant, finance director and non-executive director. As an angel investor, she is a member of the Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC) and Mylor Ventures in Cornwall and has supported Venturefest, SETsquared, Exeter Velocities and Pitch@Palace in the role of panel judge for investment pitching competitions.
Marla is an entrepreneur, mentor, angel investor and supporter of female-founded businesses. She founded HERmesa in January 2020, an angel syndicate that supports women angel investors in the UK. HERmesa encourages participation by women (& interested men) in backing women-(co)founded businesses at seed stage. As an entrepreneur, she worked for over 15 years in media and technology and specialises in building sustainable, revenue-generating businesses.
Marika is an active angel investor in the UK innovation ecosystem with a portfolio of companies involved in Fintech, IoT, AI, and Cleantech. She also heads up Venture Capital Investing at L&G Capital. Prior to her current role she set up the European Investment office in London on behalf of Khazanah, a $40bn Sovereign Wealth Fund where she developed and led a diversified team of investment professionals in sourcing and investing in late-stage venture and growth equities across Europe focused on Tech Sector.
Sarah is an entrepreneur and angel investor. She’s spent most of her career working in digital technology internationally as an advisor and connector. In 2014 she co-founded the fast-growing and award-winning angel network, Angel Academe. Angel Academe invests in women founded and co-founded technology startups who are already demonstrating some commercial success. Their nearly 35 investments include: Provenance, which uses the blockchain to improve supply chain transparency; Raremark which uses AI to help patients with rare diseases make informed choices about care; and Fiskl, a fintech for SMEs.
Nicole is an angel investor who backs female-led companies and underrepresented founders. She recently co-founded Sie Ventures, a platform that supports exceptional female founders on their fundraising journey. Her background is in investment banking – Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, and Macquarie Investment Bank. Nicole is also a founding member of HERmesa investment club and a member of Alma Angels and Backed VC.
The UKBAA are committed to improving the gender imbalance in our ecosystem. Find out more about the work we are doing including being a signatory on the Investing in Women Code and working with Innovate UK on their Investing in Leading Women Innovators programme. We also run a number of forums throughout the year, please visit our events page for upcoming events.