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BUSINESS ANGELS GET SOCIAL

BUSINESS ANGELS GET SOCIALPosted on Feb 11, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: social investment, investment, social enterprises, business angels, angel investment  | 0 CommentsBusiness Angels are in my experience a sociable crowd who like to get together not just for pitch evenings and other networking events but also a great range of social activities.  One of the great benefits of Angel investing is that it helps to bring people together. Now social investing has a completely new meaning with the introduction of Social Investment Tax Relief.  This offers tax breaks similar to EIS tax relief for investment in social enterprises.  It...
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A FORGOTTEN TRUTH

A FORGOTTEN TRUTHPosted on May 07, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: climate change, renewables, green energy  | 0 CommentsI recently attended an outstanding Innovation Forum Conference in Cambridge – www.inno-forum.org.  There were 18 excellent two minute pitches followed by a gentle “interrogation” from a high profile panel which was an excellent way of drawing out the key elements of the presentations.However, the one presentation which really stuck in my mind was a presentation by Martin Lees who is a UN adviser on climate change.  He delivered a very calm, measured address with detailed slides to back up his presentation including...
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A FLIGHT TO CAPITAL?


A FLIGHT TO CAPITAL?Posted on Jul 27, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | 0 Comments Those of us who worked through the crazy days of the dot.com boom and bust will remember the astonishing amount of capital which went into dot.com companies, many of which were ill-thought out, went to IPO far too early at grossly inflated values and subsequently crashed with the extraordinary destruction of wealth which followed. However, there is always a silver lining and, as Tom Friedman observed in his great books “The World is Flat” and “Hot, Flat and Crowded”, the world was wired up with an amazing fibre optic...
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TECH NATION

TECH NATIONPosted on Feb 10, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: digital media start ups, technology, investment, start ups  | 0 CommentsLondon thoroughly deserves its well earned accolade of “Tech City” or “Silicon Roundabout”.  Recent reports over the past year suggest up to three-quarters of the EIS money and half of the available early stage venture capital goes into companies registered in London and the South East. However, the recently published Tech Nation Report paints a rather different perspective.  It suggests that digital media is the fastest growing sector of the economy and indicates that about 72% of digital start ups...
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BUSINESS ANGELS – THE NEW BAND OF ANGELS

BUSINESS ANGELS – THE NEW BAND OF ANGELSPosted on Feb 08, 2015 by Sandy Finlayson  | Tags: angel investment, investment, Scottish investment, startups  | 0 CommentsAs angel investing increases in popularity we are witnessing an enormous shift in the profile of the angel community:-The average age for a business angel in the UK is now 43;The number of women angels has doubled in the last few years from 7% to 14%; andFar more angels are coming from different ethnic backgrounds.A recent report http://www.ukbusinessangelsassociation.org.uk/sites/default/files/media/files/erc_nation_of_angels_full_report.pdf is an important body of work which shows the extent to which the profile of business angels is...
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