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Director, Avonmore Developments
Enjoy dinner drinks and a chance to meet…
Michael Blakey is angel investor and co-founder at Avonmore Developments. Since becoming an angel investor in 2000, Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 7 successful exits. During Michael’s career he’s been named 'UK Angel Investor of the Year' by the UK Business Angel Association, selected as one of the ‘Maserati 100’ and voted by Angels News into the list of ‘Business Angels You Should Know’.
What they invest in…
Avonmore generally provides initial funding of £50k - £250k from its own resources, but works with a wide range of high net worth investors, family offices and venture capital funds to raise larger syndicates. They focus on early-stage and seed level investments. They usually act as lead investor and regularly invest in multiple rounds.
Their Investment Portfolio Includes…
Reposit, The Ticket Group, Chattermill, Trouva, Bybox, OC Robotics to name just a few.
This dinner is perfect for…
Startup founders, CEO’s and management working for tech businesses.
If you'd like to join but don't fall neatly within the above categories, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss whether this is the right dinner for you. Also feel free to check out our other dinners as another might match you perfectly!
The dinner conversation will be…
Michael is responsible for Avonmore’s initial investment selection, so this is a great opportunity to get face to face with Michael to hear more on:
✓ What makes a tech business truly investable to an angel investor?
✓ The differences between angel, VC and crowdfunding and which route to take.
✓ The current UK angel ecosystem and investment trends to be aware of.
✓ What criteria Avonmore look for in an investable deal.
Who is Michael Blakey?
Michael Blakey is angel investor and co-founder at Avonmore Developments. Founded in 2000, Avonmore Developments has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 7 successful exits. Michael is not only recognised for his successful investments, but for the relentless support he gives to the founding and management teams of the companies he invests in, as well as his generous contributions over the years towards building the startup and investor ecosystem in the UK. Michael has also invested in 8 startups in Southeast Asia and recently co-founded Cocoon Capital, a SE Asian focused fund that has invested in a further 10 companies to date.
You get a private dining experience with a knowledgeable speaker, 2 course dinner with wine or 2 soft drinks plus highly curated and relevant crowd.
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Michael Blakey, Angel Investor and co-founder at Avonmore Developments. Since becoming an angel investor in 2000 through Avonmore Developments, which he co-founded with his brother, Michael has invested in over 25 companies in the UK and achieved 7 successful exits.
Michael is not only recognised for his successful investments, but for the relentless support he gives to the founding and management teams of the companies he invests in, as well as his generous contributions over the years towards building the startup and investor ecosystem in the UK.
Avonmore has been instrumental in the development of the UK angel ecosystem. This has been through wide ranging talks, conferences, government advice and mentoring - both of entrepreneurs seeking investment and new angel investors. Avonmore's approach to deals is hands-on: mobilising other angel investors, working actively with entrepreneurs post-deal, and coordinating further funding rounds.
Michael has also invested in 8 startups in Southeast Asia including Anchanto, PlusMargin and Nugit under the name of Cub Capital since 2013. Most recently, Michael has co-founded Cocoon Capital, an early stage fund, which is looking to invest in companies throughout SE Asia.
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