© 2019 National Women in Angel Investing Forum is run by the UKBAA, the trade body for early stage investment.


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The UK Business Angels Association is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment in the UK. (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). Each year private investors account for circa £1.4 billion of early stage investment in the UK – the single largest source of early stage capital in this country.


The UK Business Angels Association represents and connects all those involved in the angel investment market. The UKBAA member base includes Angel investors, early stage VC funds, Banks and also non traditional sources of finance, as well as advisers and intermediaries; policy makers and academics with a view to ensuring a coherent ecosystem for financing the growth of start-up and early stage businesses.

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Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information, visit the UK Research and Innovation website.

They drive productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

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The Growth Company’s two Angel services, Co-Angel Investment Service and  North West Business Angels have recently merged creating a more cohesive offer, enabling increased access to early stage equity funding. The service now known as GC Angels, supports businesses seeking access to angel investment, ranging from £25,000 up to £2m.

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Tech Manchester exists to provide startups with an opportunity to learn from those who have been there and done it, for projects to find the financial backing they need, and for the inquisitive to connect with like-minded innovators. Our goal is to lift Manchester's tech offering to new heights. To become the leading tech city in the UK, Manchester needs to come together as one. Our tech community can engage and collaborate, drive economic growth and raise the city's profile across the country and the globe. Tech Manchester was born to aid this consolidation.

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Our job is to grow your business. As one of the UK's leading hosting and colocation providers, we supply dedicated server hosting, critical application hosting and cloud hosting solutions to the private and public sector. We pride ourselves on extraordinary support, getting to know our customers and becoming an extension of their team. Our hosting solutions are designed to help your business to grow. And as we own, manage and operate the UKFast data centre complex with more than 30,000 sq. ft. of enterprise-grade, ISO-certified facilities, we guarantee data sovereignty and our service promise. Your future is our business.

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The Northern Regional Angel Investment Accelerator programme has launched as one of three pilot programmes, funded by Innovate UK.

Led by the North East Business and Innovation Centre (BIC), the Northern Regional Angel Investment Accelerator is delivered by the Innovation SuperNetwork and North Invest in partnership with the UK Business Angels Association.

It has received £1m from Innovate UK to encourage Business Angels in the region to bring investment and expertise to pioneering innovative small and medium companies across the North East, Yorkshire and North West.

The aim of this pilot funding programme from Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, is to increase the pool of regional angel investors prepared to consider investing in earlier stage, ambitious, innovative businesses in the regions. 

The funding will be used to identify suitable investment opportunities and investors, as well as provide grants to businesses to deliver innovation projects with a view to longer term business angel involvement and future commercial success.


Successful businesses will receive a grant of up to 50% of the costs of a specific innovation project, which lasts up to 12-months and have total project costs between £40K and £300K. 

Concurrent Angel investment in the business will allow businesses to meet the rest of the costs and grow the business beyond the project.


Business Angels, either based in the North or seeking to invest in the North, and small or medium sized businesses undertaking R&D projects in the North, should send a completed expression of interest form to hello@supernetwork.org.uk.