The Angel Group Symposium

The Angel Group Symposium is an exclusive event bringing leading angel groups and angels together to discuss practical steps for launching and growing a successful angel group. From different group structures and principles behind leading a group to professionalising and forming a fund.

Delivered in partnership with Angel Groups, Inclusiv, Mills & Reeves and hosted by Digital Catapult, this event seeks to support angel groups and angels seeking to form a new group. 

 If you’re interested in hearing from industry leaders on a range of exciting topics, as well as networking with your fellow investors over drinks, this event for you!

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Event Details

Date: 16th April 2024
Time: 13:30-19:00
Venue: Digital Catapult
101 Euston Rd,
London NW1 2RA


UKBAA and Angel Groups are delighted to present the first Angel Group Symposium!

Hosted by Digital Catapult, this exclusive in-person event will bring together leading angel groups and angels to discuss practical steps for launching and growing a successful angel group. 

This event is for those actively running an angel group or angels seeking to form one. If you’re interested in hearing from industry leaders on a range of insightful topics, as well as networking with your fellow investors over drinks a this event is for you!

Please note, those this event is focused solely on those with ambitions to grow their existing angel group or take practical steps to forming one. 


1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Registration and Networking 

2:00 PM – 2:10 PM: Welcome and setting the scene from UKBAA  

Roderick Beer, MD of the UKBAA will kick off the afternoon with an update on the UKBAA and our latest initiatives. 

Rod Beer, Managing Director, UKBAA 

2:10 PM – 2:15 PM Welcome from the Digital Catapult 

Welcome from the Digital Catapult as they share updates on their latest programs and where the major opportunities for innovation are. 

Jessica Rushworth, Chief Strategy Officer, Digital Catapult 

2:15 PM – 2:35 PM: Latest data around angel groups 

Henry Whorwood, MD, Research & Consultancy at Beauhurst will delve into the contemporary landscape for angel groups at the outset of the symposium. This session will look at the current state of angel investing and how Beauhurst track angel group activities and how your group can be tracked. 

Henry Whorwood, MD, Research & Consultancy at Beauhurst 

2:35 PM – 3:25 PM: Panel: Successful fund formation Stories 

Join this session to identify the key components and strategies involved in forming a successful investment fund. Participants will gain insights into the decision-making processes, operational considerations, and risk management strategies employed by successful investment fund managers. 

Moderator: Dona Ardeman, Partner, Mills & Reeve 

Graham Schwikkard, CEO, Syndicate Room 

Cam Ross, CEO, Green Angel Ventures 

3:25 PM – 3:55 PM: Comfort Break 

3:55 PM – 4:10 PM: Driving diversity in investment across the UK 

Jenny Tooth OBE will provide an update on some of the latest work from UKBAA around creating a more diverse and inclusive investment community as well as our plans to create an ‘Angel Manifesto’ in partnership with our Angel Group members to steer the future government’s agenda.  

Jenny Tooth OBE, Executive Chair, UKBAA  

4:10 PM – 4:25 PM: VC Policy Update 

In this session the BVCA will provide an overview of the current political landscape for early-stage investing, highlighting key developments in the Mansion House Compact and putting a spotlight on other policy priorities.  

Chris Elphick, Head of Venture Capital, BVCA 

4:25 PM – 5:10 PM: Panel Discussion: Structuring Your Angel Group  

This panel will dive deep into best practices for growing an Angel Group.  From Insights into different organisational structures to considerations for legal and regulatory compliance, governance, and decision-making processes and crucially, commercial viability. 

Moderator: Anthony Lyall, Head of Startup Investment, Digital Catapult 

Martin Avison, Managing Director, angelgroups 

Yee Mun Thum, Special Projects & Partnerships, Angel Academe 

Hannah Smith, Investment Director & MD, Anglia Capital Group  

5:10 PM – 5:15 PM: Closing Remarks and Q&A 

5:15 PM – 7:00 PM: Networking Reception 


Confirmed speakers

Rod Beer
Managing Director

Jessica Rushworth
Chief Strategy Officer
Digital Catapult


Henry Whorwood
MD, Research & Consultancy 

Dona Ardeman
Mills & Reeve

Jenny Tooth OBE
Executive Chair

Graham Schwikkard

Syndicate Room

Anthony Lyall
Head of Startup Investment,
Digital Catapult


Cam Ross
Green Angel Syndicate

Martin Avison
Managing Director

Yee Mun Thum
Special Projects & Partnerships
Angel Academe 


Hannah Smith
Investment Director & MD
Anglia Capital Group 

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Mills & Reeve is a national full service, top 40 UK law firm with over 1,300 employees. Our clients range from listed investment funds to small groups of like-minded individuals who wish to pool their investments. Investment funds require the right structuring, appropriate terms, market knowledge and careful management in order to take advantage of a host of exciting investment opportunities & our team can help you.

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