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?
This week, angel investors will be gathering in the restrained institutional splendour in a corner of London’s Mayfair to experience Cleantech Innovate 2017. This is a conference in which a day is spent witnessing a procession of investment pitches for the investors’ money from struggling young companies, classified as Cleantech, which are desperate for investment funding. Why does it matter whether we support them or not?
Simon Acland is joining the Board of Green Angel Syndicate as Executive Director responsible for deal management. A seasoned investor, Acland has been investing in technology businesses for thirty years and he has a strong investment track record.