UKBAA Angel Investment Summit 2016: Highlights Report

The UK angel and early-stage investment community is ambitiously optimistic in the wake of the Brexit result, with no significant indicators of a slowdown in dealflow and a leading position in the global economy. Now more than ever, though, we must shift our focus to developing international networks, celebrating UK business successes, and supporting the transition from startup to scale-up. These were some of the takeaway messages from the UKBAA Angel Investment Summit 2016, one of our flagship events, which was held in Canada House, Trafalgar Square, on 1st November. This report presents highlights from the event, where 40 thought leaders and over 200 delegates gathered to discuss the early-stage investment ecosystem and how to progress at a time of such uncertainty.

Find out what are believed to be the key opportunities and challenges the industry faces according to the likes of Brent Hoberman, Co-founder of, and Founders Factory; Sherry Coutu CBE, Founder and Chair of the Scale-Up Institute; Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK; and Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct and Company Shortcuts. Be it hiring “people with a few grey hairs”, as suggested by Anne Glover CBE, Co-founder and CEO of Amadeus Capital Partners, or recognising the UK’s investors and entrepreneurs as global players, this Summit report highlights the key steps that need to be taken to support the sustained growth of the angel and early-stage investment space.


The British Business Bank UK Finance Guide

The Business Finance Guide – a journey from start-up to growth has been devised for businesses and advisers by the British Business Bank and the ICAEW Corporate Finance Faculty, supported by a further 21 major professional, membership and representative organisations. 

It is a unique guide that sets out the main things to consider and outlines sources of finance available to businesses – ranging from start-ups to SMEs and growing mid-sized companies.


The Angel Ecosystem (2016)

The early stage finance ecosystem – and the role of angels within it – has changed
radically since the financial crisis. Technological innovation, government tax
policies and wider macro-economic factors have all played their part. It’s time to
take a fresh look at the ecosystem: to understand how it is operating at present
and what works, where the problems and bottlenecks lie, and how we can improve
it. How precarious is it, and how can it be strengthened?

UKBAA has consulted with many market participants and observers and organised
two round table sessions with key representatives of the market to enable in depth
discussions. This document sets out the results of these discussions.


Nation of Angels - The Unsung Heroes of Britain's Economy (2015)

This report, commissioned by the UKBAA in association with the Centre for Entrepreneurs (CFE) and with the support of the BVCA, Deloitte, Barclays and the ESRC, presents the results of the largest study of the investment behaviour and impact of business angels in the UK to date. The study comprised responses from 403 individual angels who responded to the online Nation of Angels survey, detailed follow-up telephone interviews with 42 individual angels who shared more details of their investment behaviour, and an online survey of 28 angel syndicate and network leads across the UK representing 8,000 angels.


Nation of Angels Report (2015)

Britain is becoming a nation of angels. As business formation rates continue to hit new records, more and more individuals are choosing to invest their capital in Britain’s engines of growth: entrepreneurs.

The impact of recent market developments and government policies have led to an explosion in angel investing – particularly when examining the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme or the rise of crowdfunding. But until now, research that examines the impact of such developments and the level of angel investing was lacking.


Taking the Pulse of the Angel Market (2014)

Taking the Pulse of the Angel Market is a joint initiative from UKBAA and Deloitte which highlights the opportunities and challenges faced by angel investors.

The report examined 262 deals worth £137m in total made between 1 April 2012 and 31 March 2013.


Siding with the Angels (2009)

Published by NESTA in collaboration with the UK Business Angels Association. This research, the first of its kind in the UK, reports that the sample of Business Angels surveyed stood to make a substantial profit from investing in early stage companies, with the sample benefiting from an average Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 22 per cent over four years.


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