“Angel investing in entrepreneurial start-ups, early stage and scale up companies is a critical contributor to investment and job creation in a modern global digital economy.
UKBAA, the UK’s angel investor trade body, works tirelessly to promote angel investing by sharing relevant knowledge, promoting networking opportunities and supporting training to encourage best practice.
Their consistent work over many years has encouraged a growing professionalism in this growing asset class, and I am proud to have supported this mission as 16/17 Business Angel of the Year”
Simon Thorpe, UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2016-2017
``The 2016 International Growth award was very flattering - especially so coming from the angel community. It recognised the hard work by everyone in TestPlant in building a successful international business - our strategy from start-up.``
George Mackintosh – Founder, TestPlant
‘Business Angel investing is perhaps the most precious investment a company will receive as it provides that essential launchpad. Angels not only provide funding but encouragement, vision, passion and support. To receive such an award from this group of investors is a huge honour for any business’
Hadyn Parry – CEO, Oxitec Limited
“Toucan Ventures is incredibly honoured to have been awarded the UKBAA One to watch as a Best New Entrant to the Angel Ecosystem, in 2016. At Toucan, we devote our time to recognising potential in young companies and so it is hugely humbling for Toucan's potential to be both recognised and awarded. As the UKBAA is the leading angel network in the industry, the award has provided Toucan Ventures with an accolade that has been pivotal in encouraging further progress and growth. Toucan is very much looking forward to the UKBAA's 2017 awards, this July.”
Rasha Khawaja, CEO, Toucan Ventures
“The BVCA sought to support the Best Angel & VC Deal Award in recognition of the crucial role that Angels play in finding and funding companies that will later be suitable for venture capital finance. The qualities of the nominees is a reflection of the increasingly symbiotic relationship between angels and venture capital.”
Tim Hames, Director General, BVCA
“Being recognised by the UKBAA as Best Investment in Fintech in 2016 was a fantastic accolade for our team that has been working incredibly hard to transform the small business lending space. Being recognised by the UKBAA has also contributed hugely to raising our profile with business partners, investors and opened doors with the press share our story.
If you are passionate about how your innovative Fintech business is transforming your sector, the UKBAA awards will give you a great platform to engage with stakeholders and tell your story!”
Katrin Herrling, CEO, Funding Xchange
“Over the last five years we’ve built Somo into a globally recognised business of experts in mobile and solutions for the connected world, producing industry-leading technology and services for world-renowned brands. We’re incredibly proud to have won this award acknowledging the incredible growth the company has experienced.”
Nick Hynes, CEO, Somo Global
“The leadership and management team is an integral part of any organisation and UKBAA’s ‘High Growth Team of the Year’ award is a fantastic way to recognise the outstanding achievements of small businesses investing in the development of their team.”
Ravi Gidoomal, Head of Markets, GrowthAccelerator
“The quality of the entries shortlisted and competition this year was just amazing, it must have been a real challenge for the judges to pick just one winner from each category. It was a proud moment when Clear Returns, who found funding through Angels Den, received their award”
Sally Goodsell, Angels Den
“We’re delighted to win this prestigious award against some illustrious competition. We believe we have assembled an unusually strong mix of VC and angel investors, who bring a combination of consumer, operations and technology experience that will help us to scale rapidly. We also recognise that it’s what you do with the capital that counts, so hope to be back in a few years winning a rather different award.”
Avin Rabheru, Founder, Housekeep
“To be recognised by such a prestigious award is a real honour but more importantly it marks a milestone for the industry and provides a glimpse into the future of equity finance in the UK”
Luke Lang, CEO, Crowdcube