Anne Dobrée: Tech transfer and university start-up spin outs

In our first themed podcast, Anne Dobree, of Cambridge Enterprise, outlines the importance of mentoring start-ups that have spun out of universities and that it is paramount to back the business rather than max the investment.

Anne has worked in University technology commercialisation since 1999. Anne first joined the technology transfer team at the University of Cambridge in 2001, and has held a number of roles with Cambridge Enterprise and its predecessors including Head of Technology Transfer and Interim Director.

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Start-up Spotlight with Peter Cowley

Peter is passionate about increasing the success rate for early investors and entrepreneurs by sharing the success and war stories from those who have done it before. The Invested Investor Project was set up to achieve this aim.

For more information listen him explaining all about the project here.

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Simon Blakey: First-rate tips from two decades of angel investing

Simon Blakey reveals his top tips to Invested Investors and entrepreneurs in a fascinating podcast with Peter Cowley. Simon has been a full-time and hands-on business angel investor into early-stage businesses since 2000, having previously trained as a biochemist and management accountant before getting into property development. He works with his brother Michael under the Avonmore Developments umbrella (www.avonmoredevelopments.com) where he’s in charge of Avonmore’s operations, deal negotiations and ongoing support of the UK early-stage investments. Two decades of angel investing has resulted in an abundance of knowledge that Simon has built up, all of which you can listen to in his podcast. 

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Invested Investor Thoughts: How entrepreneurs should approach Invested Investors

The follow article is a short insight in to Peter Cowley's thoughts on how entrepreneurs should approach investors, which will form part of The Invested Investor book. He talks through how first impressions are paramount to the success of a relationship between entrepreneurs and Invested Investors. Therefore, if an entrepreneur is targeting a specific Invested Investor, they should do a great deal of research on that investor before approaching them. This will help to save the entrepreneur time and effort, as well as the investors too. 

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Quintus Liu: Healthera, breaking down barriers between patients and pharmacies

In this episode of The Invested Investor, we find out that Quintus Liu believes building a team is the hardest part of a start-up journey. Quintus is the founder of Healthera, a healthcare technology company based in Cambridge.

Quintus and Peter discuss how hard it has been to penetrate the UK pharmaceutical market. However, advice and mentoring from the Healthera board have helped them with the challenge. 

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Start-up Spotlight with Katy Tuncer

This week we are focusing on Katy Tuncer, a serial entrepreneur who has raised money and support for ventures in creative and innovative ways. Her results range from global profitability, to meaningful community impact, to down-right failure. For more information, listen to the podcast interview between Katy and Peter Cowley, serial entrepreneur and Chairman of Cambridge Angels here

Katy Tuncer is the APECS accredited Executive Coach and former McKinsey consultant who founded Horizon37. Her services include: (1) Individual and Team Coaching, (2) Strategy-led Facilitation, (3) Leadership Training Courses, Workshops and Seminars.

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Goncalo de Vasconcelos: Founder of SyndicateRoom, Investor-led Equity Crowdfunding

Goncalo de Vasconcelos is the co-founder of SyndicateRoom, a multi-award winning UK online equity investing platform. In this podcast, Goncalo talks openly with Peter Cowley about growing SyndicateRoom using the philosophy 'hire slowly, fire fast', why Invested Investor's are paramount to each company's listing on the website and the advice he has to entrepreneurs looking to raise funding. 

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Start-up Spotlight with Simon Thorpe

We are delighted to be able to bring you the first Start-up Spotlight article. Simon Thorpe kicks off this exciting collaboration with Business Weekly. 

Simon was UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2016/17. He has an investment portfolio of close to 30 early stage tech companies and has achieved 5 exits including Swiftkey, CMOS Sensors, VocalIQ and CentraStage.

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Andy Phillipps: Active Hotels, via Booking.com, to Angel Investing PART TWO

Following on from Andy Phillipps first podcast, we are pleased to bring you part two. In part one, Andy described how he co-founded Active Hotels, selling to Priceline and eventually helping form Booking.com. Part two follows his transition into Angel Investing. Most importantly, Andy has learnt that founders need backing, not just with finances, but with advice, mentoring and the expertise of investors. Enjoy part two!

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