36The Investment Catalyst
The Investment Catalyst: A showcase of chemistry-led innovation for the angel investment community
The Royal Society of Chemistry and UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) have once again partnered to connect the UK’s leading chemistry-focused start-ups and scale-ups with angel and early stage investors! Now in its third year, the Investment Catalyst has presented 32 leading innovators using chemistry to revolutionise life sciences, energy supply, construction, the automotive industry and more. To date, the Investment Catalysts’ cohort of businesses have raised a total of £3m in funding from attending investors, and we’re thrilled to have seen an incredible exit from one of our finalists at a phenomenal £650m!
The next Investment Catalyst event will be held in London on 14 May 2019, bringing together the Royal Society of Chemistry’s vast network of science entrepreneurs and UKBAA’s community of leading investors. After a competitive application series, 8 companies will be selected to present their pitch for investment to over 50 angels and leaders in the investment community.
In addition to hearing from these ground-breaking founders, we will also be joined by Andy Chapman as guest speaker. Andy has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bristol and has a mixed background in academic and industrial positions. He left his position as Senior Lecturer at Kingston University London and joined Ziylo in 2017 as CSO. In the same year, he was appointed to the board of directors. In 2018, Ziylo was acquired by Novo Nordisk to use Ziylo’s Glucose Binding Molecule technology to develop for therapeutic application. Andy and the other board members founded Carbometrics after the acquisition, of which he is now CEO, to commercialise the same technology for diagnostic applications.
Chemistry-led innovation represents a broad and compelling opportunity for early-stage investors as it is integral to supporting an array of sectors and focuses. Businesses using chemistry at the centre of their technology offer possibilities that can drastically impact and improve the lives and work of citizens and communities everywhere, and together we are delighted to create a platform to showcase innovators first-hand to potential investors.
The Royal Society of Chemistry currently supports over 300 small businesses across the UK by providing networking opportunities, grants and funding support, and help with recruitment and business promotion through their EnterprisePlus scheme.
UK Business Angels Association is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, working with 160-member organisations and 18,000 investors across the UK, enabling cutting edge start-ups and scale ups the opportunity and tools to connect with experienced investors to support their growth.