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Angel Investor of the Year

This Award recognises the most active and impactful angel investor in backing start-up and early stage UK businesses during the past 12 months and who has brought not only vital risk capital, but also significant added value to support the growth and success of their portfolio.

Winners

Sunil Shah

Sunil Shah

Sunil is a successful entrepreneur and very active angel investor deeply committed to investing in lifesciences and biotech therapeutics as a major growth sector across the UK. He invests in very early stage businesses having made over 25 investments so far in life sciences as well as other technologies. Whilst based in Cambridge, he has backed entrepreneurs across the UK. Sunil is very keen to help more people to understand the potential of investing in the life-sciences space since he feels that not enough people recognise the opportunity and especially encouraging investors from the Indian diaspora to engage.

The Judges felt that Sunil would make an excellent ambassador for UKBAA to both support more angel investment in life sciences and help to build a more diverse investment base.

Vin Murria

Vin Murria OBE

Vin Murria OBE is a successful technology entrepreneurs and active investor, with over 20 years’ experience in M&A and software sectors, having founded Advanced Computer Systems which she built into a publicly listed company and exited successfully in 2015. Vin is passionate about helping women in tech and also recognises the importance of supporting women to access investment in regions outside the golden triangle. Her own portfolio is almost exclusively in women, having made 10 investments in early stage entrepreneurs, bringing strong mentorship and deep strategic support to her portfolio businesses, building on her extensive industry connections and wide board room experience.

The judges felt Vin would make a strong ambassador for UKBAA, supporting our focus on women in entrepreneurship and encouraging more women in investment and bringing more diversity in the investment base.

Finalists

Conor Sharpe

Conor Sharpe

Dominique Valentiny

Dominique Valentiny

Gary Clarke

Gary Clarke

Mike Ettling

Mike Ettling

Mike Hockey

Mike Hockey

Paul Daniels

Sophia Bendz

Sophia Bendz