DSW Ventures announces partner appointment and key promotion


DSW Ventures appoints Doug Quinn as partner and Emma Cassidy is promoted to Investment Manager

DSW Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Dow Schofield Watts group, has significantly strengthened its team as it continues its mission to support regional start-ups and develop its portfolio companies.


Doug Quinn joins as Partner

Doug brings a wealth of experience in the life sciences sector, having successfully led finance and operations teams across both publicly traded and venture capital-backed businesses. He served as the Chief Financial Officer at SkinBioTherapeutics PLC, where his financial leadership was instrumental in guiding the company through its successful IPO as well as its transition from a pre-revenue to revenue generating business. He will also continues as CFO at Videregen, a VC-backed regenerative medicine company. Doug’s deep expertise in life sciences will be pivotal as DSW Ventures expands and diversifies its investment approach.


Keith Benson, cofounder of DSW Ventures, said, “We are increasingly becoming a force in investing in, and successfully growing, regional start-ups. Doug’s extensive experience in Life Sciences will be critical as we further grow our portfolio and broaden our sector expertise. Doug will play a key role in leading deal negotiation and due diligence, management of our portfolio companies, and acting as a partner in the firm. His robust yet supportive approach is a very strong cultural fit with our team.”


Emma Cassidy promoted to Investment Manager

DSW Ventures is also pleased to announce the well-deserved promotion of Emma Cassidy to Investment Manager. Emma, who joined the firm in 2021, has already made a significant impact with her background in Chemistry and her experience working within technology businesses. Her contributions include successful investments in B2B software with Hike SEO, and in Life Sciences in Aston Particle Technologies. She has also played an important role in leading DSW Ventures’ marketing and outreach activities.


David Smith, cofounder at DSW Ventures, praised both appointees stating, “We are delighted to welcome Doug to the firm and congratulate Emma on a very strong start to her investing career. They are both significant assets to the firm, our portfolio companies, and to the wider investment sector. Their expertise and dedication will further secure our position as a leading force in delivering early-stage venture capital to regional start-up and spin-out companies.”