First-rate tips from two decades of angel investing, transparent take-away

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. Simon works with his brother Michael under the Avonmore Developments umbrella ( where he’s in charge of Avonmore’s operations, deal negotiations and ongoing support of the UK early-stage investments. He’s invested in 28 companies over 69 funding rounds and achieved 8 profitable exits to date, including Bybox -  taken from seed funding to a >£100M exit with no further equity financing. Simon sits of the Investment Committee of the UK’s Angel CoFund, is a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and is on the Board of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Produced by Mark Cotton, Twitter.

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Simon Blakey

Avonmore Developments - Award-winning equity investors, specialising in seed and early stage capital financing.

Cocoon Capital - is a seed-stage venture firm focusing on early-stage, digital companies across Southeast Asia and India.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - is one of the most prominent university art galleries in Britain, and a major national centre for the study and presentation of art.

ByBox - Innovative software providing visibility across the entire supply chain.