UKBAA Angel Investment Awards success stories – Angel CoFund discusses the importance of the awards

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UK Business Angels Association

22 May 2019

The UKBAA Angel Investment Awards takes place in a month and a half at Illuminate at the Science Museum in London. The night will celebrate nominees and winners across 15 categories, shining a spotlight on the important innovators and disruptors who have received investment from angels, VCs and other sources of finance to grow businesses.

As part of our Success Stories series, we spoke with previous winner and sponsor Angel CoFund’s Managing Partner Tim Mills.

During our conversation Tim emphasised the importance of the awards. “A lot of people can be sceptical about awards but it’s absolutely true that the UKBAA Awards are watched by the industry. There’s nothing like getting recognition of investors for high growth companies. It really helps unlock the door to later-stage investors and gives it profile.”

Tim explained how he’d witnessed the impact winning had on some of his portfolios. “It’s a high-profile awards which is watched by the media more broadly and really creates a profile, particularly valuable for those businesses we have in our portfolio which are more consumer-facing where the mainstream media can pick up a lead from the award and start to pay more attention. We’ve certainly seen a couple of our portfolios go on from winning UKBAA Awards to appearing in the Times Tech Track 100, which is great.”

Why should others consider putting forward nominations? “There’s real value there in terms of getting the recognition and getting the profile. These aren’t hollow awards – when you look at the quality of the companies over the years that have been nominated and those that have been successful, it really is an impressive list.”

Submit your nominations for the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019 at http://awards.ukbaa.org.uk/the-2019-award-categories.

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