Manchester Angels Launched To Support Early Stage Businesses

GP Bullhound and Bruntwood galvanizes the investment community to support a critical missing link for early-stage tech companies from Manchester
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Founded by global technology investment experts GP Bullhound and commercial property specialists Bruntwood, Manchester Angels is a new technology-focused angel investment network that will provide a crucial missing step in the city region’s tech ecosystem.

With a mission to back the brilliant leaders building the future, the network will connect the very best of Manchester’s startup community with the experienced entrepreneurs who have the ability and desire to invest into those businesses. Applications will be accepted from multiple technology sectors and assessed on their overall potential as opposed to specific eligibility criteria, ensuring opportunities across  a wide range of backgrounds are considered.

Aiming to have an initial founding group of 30+ Greater Manchester based technology private investors, the group will work closely with Venture Capital funds and other institutional investors with a shared vision for the North West. These include Investor Partners such as Manchester-based Praetura Ventures, Northern Gritstone and Octopus Ventures as well as Ecosystem Partners Silicon Valley Bank and The University of Manchester Innovation Factory.

Founding Director of Manchester Angels and GP Bullhound Vice President Ed Prior  said “According to Tech Nation’s 2021 Report, over £13bn in investment was raised for UK technology businesses. Yet nearly 60% of that funding went to businesses based in London and the South. With leveling up high on the political agenda, it is essential we build on the work organisations such as the Manchester Tech Trust have done and leverage the success local tech entrepreneurs have had to support the aspirations of the next generation of entrepreneur to attract investment to the region”.

Chris Oglesby, Bruntwood CEO commented, “Bruntwood have invested over £1bn into commercial property focussed on creating a thriving city region in Manchester. Access to funding is a developing part of our proposition for our occupier customers and following our recent investments in Northern Gritstone and the GM&C Life Sciences fund, we see Manchester Angels as filling an important missing gap in the region’s start-up ecosystem.

Manchester Angels has appointed serial technology entrepreneur David Levine to head up the network’s efforts in identifying high-potential businesses seeking early-stage funding and matching them with the right angels he will also identify and recruit.

David Levine said “Tech Nation and Google’s May 2022 report on a decade of UK Tech funding notes that investment into seed and pre-seed stage companies has dropped as a proportion of all funding from a high of 22% in 2013, to less than 4% in 2022 so far. Manchester Angels will address this critical component of the ecosystem by providing early stage companies with access to high quality and experienced technology investors, ensuring the region continues to incubate, support and build the most exciting technology businesses of the future.”

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