Angel Academe, whose advisory board I’m on, is looking for UK-based high net worth women to participate in an EU-funded survey about angel investing – we need women who don’t invest to participate as well, as long as you qualify. If this is you or a friend, please share. More here, from Angel Academe:
DeepMind, SwiftKey and Zoopla are all examples of successful British businesses who received practical and financial support from angel investors. Angel investment is one of the most important sources of help for new businesses. It’s also a great way to share expertise and build new connections. Angel investing is exciting, enjoyable and collaborative, offering women the chance to use their financial capacity and business skills to back high-growth potential entrepreneurs. Yet only 14% of angel investors are women, although we now own 48% of UK wealth!
Angel Academe and UK Business Angels Association, the trade body supporting the growth of angel investment in the UK, are working together on a new piece of research to find out more about women’s perceptions of angel investing. This research is part of a new EU project called “Women Angels for Europe’s Entrepreneurs”, enabling us to review the situation in the UK as well as France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Belgium.
The results will help us understand how to engage more women in angel investing – to help support the economy, early-stage businesses (especially those started by women), as well as developing their own career and financial opportunities.
The research is based on a short online survey that will take no more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is being hosted by Cass Business School, a leading UK academic institution who will also analyse the results. All information submitted will be treated entirely confidentially, with all data aggregated and anonymised. Survey participants will be offered early access to the findings and invitations to associated conferences, events and workshops about angel investing.
So, how can you help?
If you’re an existing female angel investor: Please complete the survey and share it with your friends and network.
If you’re a woman with the financial capacity and/or relevant investment or business experience, but are not an angel investor: Please complete the survey and share it with other women like you.
If you’re a man: Although the survey is exclusively for women, we’d appreciate your help! Please share it with the women in your network who qualify.
If you’re an advisor or network with High Net Worth women as your clients or members: Please share the survey with them – we’d be very grateful.