At this event you will gain direct access to the new Best Practice Guidance, hear from a panel of key players in the market and explore what steps we, as individuals, groups or organisations, can take to create a diverse, equal, and inclusive angel and early-stage investment ecosystem here in the UK.
Angel investment is the most significant source of early-stage risk capital for innovating growth businesses. Yet across the UK, many women founders, Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority founders and those from other underrepresented groups are failing to access this vital source of finance and support to help them achieve their business growth ambitions: a situation that was highlighted starkly during the pandemic.
We have seen a number of valuable reports carried out across the investment market which have provided insights into the challenges and barriers diverse founders experience when seeking access to investment, demonstrating there has never been a better time for our community to take practical actions to ensure diversity in angel and early-stage investment. With this in mind, UKBAA has developed this new Angel Investing in Diversity Best Practice Guidance which draws directly on the combined expertise of many valued members of our investment community who have provided their insights and ideas on key action we all can take to support investment in diversity as well as examples of good practice.
In an easy to use reference, the guidance covers ten core areas addressing pipeline and internal processes; creating strategic commitment and diversifying the investment base.
Shanika Amarasekara MBE, Chief Impact Officer – British Business Bank
Rodney Appiah, Chairman & Co-Founder, Cornerstone Partners
Helen Oldham, Founding Director, NorthInvest
Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UKBAA