Qi3 Accelerator, together with some of our close associates and friends, carried away two of the top awards at the UK Business Angels’ Association annual dinner, held this year in Liverpool as part of the International Festival for Business 2014:
Best Syndicated Deal of the Year: Blu Wireless Technology (Supported by the British Business Bank)
First spotted by Nathan Hill at a London Business Angels presentation event, and led by a tour de force combination of Tim de Vere Green and Rajat Mulhotra (Wren Capital), we pulled together a >£2m funding round which has already leveraged ~£1m of regional grant funding and excited further trade interest. As part of this sterling effort, expert board level input has been drawn in from James Collier (one of the founders of Cambridge Silicon Radio) and Robin Saxby (former CEO and Chairman of ARM Holdings). It’s exactly this value-add that characterises our investment approach.
Nominated by Angel CoFund for the Qi3 Accelerator Syndicate and the London Business Angels EIS Round Table Syndicate, the deal involved a number of syndicates including the LBA (EIS Round table Fund), Wren Capital and the Qi3 Accelerator Syndicate and the company also secured the investment from a leading semiconductor expert.. The judges felt that there was a strong collaborative approach between the syndicates and proactive interactions between the syndicates, whilst the role of Qi3 Accelerator and notably of Tim de Vere Green, as the lead angel in coordinating the process with the different participants was especially commended.
Angel Investor of the Year: Peter Cowley (Sponsored by Lloyds Bank)
A friend and co-investor over numerous deals, we were delighted that Peter Cowley was awarded the distinction of Angel Investor of the Year.
Nominated by the Angel CoFund, the judges felt that Peter Cowley had demonstrated long term commitment to angel investing having made over 30 investments to date in early stage businesses across a wide range of sectors and through a range of models including syndicates , alongside crowdfunding and through corporate venturing. Peter has also shown extensive support for entrepreneurship as a mentor and educator and helping to accelerate start-ups whilst taking a strong role as a proponent of angel investing not only in the UK but internationally.