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Newable Ventures

We offer investors the opportunity to invest in potentially high growth disruptive companies

Two ways to invest

Invest in our Evergreen Fund

Our Fund aims to invest in a diversified portfolio of knowledge intensive companies, offering investors exposure to early stage investing without the need to stock-pick and commit management time.

Deal flow is driven by our 35-year track record and long-term partnerships with the UK government and business community.

Risk is partly mitigated through our selection methodology and due diligence processes, and by looking to leverage the HMRC’s Enterprise Investment Scheme tax incentives.

Our Fund is structured as an Evergreen Fund, with capital deployed over 12-18 months per subscription. The Fund has no final termination date and subscriptions are open all year round.

Invest on a deal by deal basis

Many of our Investors have significant experience working with and investing in early stage companies. They understand their challenges and also their potential.

They like to build their own portfolio of investments and sometimes take on a Lead Angel role or become part of the management or Board as the investee company navigates its growth curve. Many of our Investors have industry relevant skills and contacts they can use to drive value in investee companies.

Whilst this typically means allocating more time to stock-picking, performing due diligence and committing management time it also gives Investors the ability to shape the strategy of the investee companies.

Why join?

 

Track record & pipeline

  • First established in 1982, we have developed a deep ecosystem for investing in knowledge intensive companies.
  • Our highly selective pipeline is sourced from a wide network of partners. Each year we present only 60 of the 1,500 companies we screen to our investors.
  • You will become part of our 500+ strong investor group which was just this year voted as the UK’s #1 Angel Network. Many of our investors are industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs with the experience to suggest they can help investee companies navigate their growth curves.

Build an active or passive investment portfolio

  • Active: Come to our events, meet entrepreneurs and invest via our platform. We have a strong track record of connecting lead investors with potentially high growth companies.
  • Passive: Our funds invest in a selective and diversified portfolio representing less than 2% of the companies we have screened each year.

Newable Ventures Commitment to the Investing in Women’s Code

In August 2020, Newable Ventures were proud to sign the Investing in Women Code, signifying our commitment to support the advancement of female entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom by improving women founders’ access to tools, resources and finance

Meet the team

Jake Ronay

Ventures Director

Jake has over 10 years in corporate innovation and start-ups, including creating a £100m Tesco’s renewable energy fund. Jake also set up the RAIA programme and the NVL BBI Fund. Jake has an MBA from the Open University and lectures in entrepreneurial strategy at the University of Bath.

Bhupinder Grewal

Investment Committee Member

Having previously co-founded and sold a software company Bhupinder now focuses on innovation investing in the early-stage market. Bhupinder has a wide raft of experience from a long career in software engineering, telecommunications and fund management. Bhupinder now sits as a board member on multiple early-stage companies and as an investment committee member for Newable Ventures.

Robert Cowper-Coles

Investor Relations

Robert joined Newable Ventures in October 2018 as an Apprentice and is responsible for fund communications. Robert has attained the CFA Investment Management Diploma and is a member of the Royal Institute of International Affairs Chatham House.

Ivan Hunter Gordon

Investment Manager

Ivan joined Newable Ventures in April 2019 and is responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, carrying out investment research and undertaking portfolio monitoring activities on behalf of the fund.

Prior to Newable, Ivan worked at the VC-backed Seraphim Space Camp accelerator where he was responsible for sourcing deal flow and various business development activities. He previously spent four years working within the Insurance industry.

Mike Walsh

Chief Governance Officer

Mike joined Newable in January 2010 as Chief Financial Officer, becoming Chief Governance Officer in November 2021, Mike’s core responsibilities  are now on governance related responsibilities  including Risk Management, Compliance, Board administration, Company Secretarial, Group Insurances and Internal Audit.

Mike qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC and has worked for some 40 years in the financial services sector. Mike has worked mainly in asset management, including at Invesco/LGT  as Group Financial Controller and has held senior CFO and COO positions at Credit Suisse Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management,  Barclays Global Investors and prior to joining Newable was Global COO at Apax Partners.

Hitesh Thakrar

Chairman

Venture Partner at Syncona Europe’s largest life science Fund and on the the Board of Alan Turing Institute, UK data science and AI institute. Previously top rated Innovation Fund Manager in global equities for Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and New Star Asset Management. Degree in Chemistry, King’s College, London, MBA Cranfield and CFA Charterholder. Innovation fellow at Cambridge University.

Anthony Clarke

Investment Adviser

Co Founder/Director of £30m Seraphim Capital VC Fund and £67m Seraphim Space VC Fund. Co Founder and Past Chair of UK Business Angels Association. President Emeritus of European Business Angel Network. Qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Secretary at Deloitte Haskins & Sells (now PWC).

Dan Hayes

Investment Adviser

Dan has 30 years of Investment experience. The majority of his time has been spent in the equity growth and technology sector, most recently at Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. Dan is an active angel Investor and has an Honours degree in Engineering from Bath University and an MBA from Imperial College London.

Rita Dhut

Investment Adviser

Rita has 25 years of award-winning investment experience in Asset Management, notably at M&G and Aviva. Rita sits on various committees herself such as Ashoka India Equity Investment Trust Plc and The Girls Day School Trust, and holds a degree in Business Studies from City University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Jake Ronay
Bhupinder Grewal