Get to know us at AlbionVC
Andrew initially practised as a neurosurgeon before starting his career in investment. He now focuses on medical technologies, digital health and the life-science sector. He serves on the board of several companies ranging from diagnostics and imaging to pharmaceuticals and biomarkers.
“I appreciate founders with ‘fast clock speed’: determined and resourceful people who are always thinking about the next iteration of their business to retain its edge."
“It’s not just about the financial return. My favourite investments have resulted in lifechanging outcomes, giving hope to people with degenerative or terminal diseases."
“I was a surgeon and a research scientist. Being part of that clinical and academic environment means I can bridge the investment and academic communities.”
Abcodia, Aridhia Informatics , Dexela, Exco InTouch, Memsstar, My Meds & Me, uMotif
Cat joined Albion from Goldman Sachs where she worked on IPOs, M&A and leveraged buyouts in New York and London.
“The founders I love working with have vision, hustle and entrepreneurial flair. At the same time, I think the tech industry’s lionisation of the ‘founder-in-chief’ is unhelpful. In reality, the most impressive entrepreneurs are characterised by their ability to assemble and motivate great teams”.
“One investment I’m involved with is a cybersecurity firm that totally gets that need. The founding team is impressive, providing drive, vision and culture while recruiting exceptional people”.
Cat’s time in banking taught her how to implement proven systems and run detailed analysis. “It sounds boring I know - but for a B2B SaaS company even at low revenue levels, meaningful analysis can be done on customer engagement, retention, sales efficiency etc. These data points not only reveal the quality of an investment, but can help decipher which parts of a business require the most focus and attention”
AVORA, Egress, Healios, Koru Kids, Panaseer, TransFICC
Christoph practiced radiology and strategy consulting before becoming an investor in healthcare in 2006. At Albion he focuses on digital health, with investments that run the gamut from rare diseases to care pathway management.
Increasingly, he finds himself drawn to companies with two key attributes:
“Firstly, I enjoy working with mission-driven founders who are passionate about changing healthcare. Improvement in patient outcomes is as important to me as financial success. Secondly, there has to be an outstanding culture. Changing healthcare is incredibly hard and to succeed you need to be able to attract and retain the best people."
“We were one of the first venture funds in Europe to actively target digital health. It's great to see there has been such a rise in activity. There are many more opportunities now for founders and investors to really make a difference. I can’t think of a better time for digital health.”
Arecor, CISIV, NuvoAir, Oviva, Pando, Proveca, uMed, Xperiome
David joined Albion from Spark Impact, an early stage investment firm in the North West, where he learnt the art of successful seed investing. He now applies that to the myriad of exciting innovations emerging from UCL.
“The sheer diversity of projects coming out of UCL is mind-boggling. I’ll be looking at research into software for quantum computers one day then super hydrophobic coatings the next."
“We do see a lot of technologies in search of an application, however. The exciting thing is when an entrepreneur has clearly grasped a pain point that no one is serving and is able to cut through technical complexity to communicate their solution."
“We don’t have the metrics and data that later stage investors do so we need to follow our instincts – often investing when the business comprises three people and a laptop.”
“Being connected into Albion’s huge network of experienced entrepreneurs and advisors allows us to help these early stage teams find the support they need grow their business successfully”
Astroscreen, Echopoint, Hazy, Humanloop , Nozzle , Odin Vision, Phasecraft, Third Space Learning
Ed heads up the technology team at Albion, focusing on software and disruptive tech services. He joined Albion in 2004 having started his career advising public companies during the .com boom.
“We work with founders who demonstrate all the qualities you need to build a category-defining business: ambition, determination, leadership, and inexhaustible supplies of energy.
“But it can be a lonely path, filled with tough calls. That’s where I can bring relevant experience and support.”
“I’m particularly interested in how industries can be reshaped by an enabling technology, such as we see with AI underpinning the shift to a data-driven economy.”
AVORA, Black Swan Data, Credit Kudos, Egress, Elliptic, InCrowd Sports, Koru Kids, MPP Global, Panaseer, Quantexa, Seldon , WeGift
Emil has been an early stage investor for over 20 years, supporting more than 30 companies spanning software technology, advanced manufacturing, education and healthcare. More recently he has focused on B2B SaaS businesses, AI and Machine Learning.
“We back the type of founder who knows their industry exceptionally well and through that knowledge has identified a significant problem and a way to solve it. In addition, a good founder should be aware of their strengths and weaknesses and be able to build a world class team around them”.
“These are great times to set up and grow a business – with cloud computing, the proliferation of data, AI and Machine Learning so much more is possible. We are only at the start of this new wave of technological development, with exciting new use cases being developed all the time.”.
“Entrepreneurs don’t have all the answers to the challenges of rapidly growing a business. I have worked with many businesses over the years to help them address these challenges and be successful. A good place to start is to make sure the founders have the right team around them.”
Automotive Technik, Blackbay, Cassium Technologies, Clear Review, Phrasee, Solidatus , Zift Solutions
Jane is the Talent Director for AlbionVC. She helps the fund invest in the best founders for AlbionVC by assessing their leadership potential, and works with the leadership teams to support and accelerate the rapid organisational scaling of our companies. The Talent platform at AlbionVC enables us to build and share Talent thought leadership with our early-stage community.
In her 25 year career, Jane has transacted >500 senior hires, globally, for disruptive companies, built international and new-market teams inside a start-up, hired a fund team and, as an advisor, helped over 70 start-ups build high performing teams.
Until Oct 2018, she spent 6 years as the Talent Advisor at Balderton Capital and built the proposition which provides talent strategy and leadership development to Balderton CEOs and founder teams. This includes on-tap advice, helping them hire and develop their senior leaders and mentoring in-house talent leaders to build their talent functions from scratch.
As the co-founder of The Talent Stack, a talent management consulting company for start-ups, she built a talent acquisition and talent development toolkit for entrepreneurial leaders, based on the solutions she has seen make a real impact on growth in agile cultures.
Jane cares deeply about helping entrepreneurial companies to scale up by using the right data to hire and develop the right people at the right time. She is intrinsically driven to help founders solve growth challenges, using practical candour.
There is no single shape or size that makes a good business, and that’s what’s so exciting about partnering with early stage companies. A big part of the journey is figuring that out, and seeing how businesses are re-defining value propositions, business models, and industries, and are challenging traditional beliefs of what makes a ‘good business’.
I’m interested in all aspects of technology, particularly in how its redefining Financial Services. From retail to institutional finance, and at every level of the IT stack (blockchain, AI/ML, predictive analytics, robotics and cloud), it’s all happening!
I come from an advisory background and I’m passionate about partnering with management teams. I believe businesses need freedom to build great products, strong teams and achieve growth, and I can contribute an analytical and questioning mind when an objective lens is needed.
Accelex , Elliptic, InCrowd Sports, Memsstar, Solidatus
Jessica joins AlbionVC from Rothschild & Co where she served as a Vice President, advising technology, media and telecom firms on mergers and acquisitions. Working in Rothschild’s New York and London offices, Jessica advised companies and investors like AT&T, Intel, KPN, Apax Partners and The Carlyle Group, amongst others. She has developed tech specialisms in cloud communications, digital advertising, fintech and enterprise software.
Jessica began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow with the US Government where she financed infrastructure projects in emerging markets. She holds an MA in international economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA (hons) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Concirrus, MPP Global, NuvoAir, Oviva, Quantexa, uMed, uMotif, Xperiome
Katya is a Marketing Manager at AlbionVC where she is responsible for storytelling, branding and communications. “As the first person to join AlbionVC fully remotely at the start of the global pandemic I am delighted to support AlbionVC team and our portfolio companies in navigating the new normal”.
Katya also oversees the development of ESG framework and sustainability initiatives across the fund and its portfolio.
Prior to joining AlbionVC Katya co-founded and ran KidPix, a successful marketplace for boutique children’s brands. Here she developed her passion for marketing, technology and startups.
Katya started her career in the City working across commodities, shipbroking and B2B financial sales. She holds a BA Economics and Management, University of Oxford and MA Energy, Trade and Finance from the Cass Business School.
Leigh joins the UCL Technology fund after ten years of experience in the life sciences.
Having started as a bench scientist at the Broad Institute, she went on to do a PhD in Biomedical Sciences, which led her into industry after a technology she developed was the basis for a spin-out company.
She later went on to help build the commercial technologies of a CRISPR gene editing company eventually becoming the CSO and became an integral part of the company’s acquisition. More recently, she was Executive Director of Platform Strategy at Quell Therapeutics.
Leigh has a BSc in Biochemistry from Simmons University and a PhD from Imperial College London.
Nadine joined the tech investment team from Berytech Fund Management, one of the first VC funds in the Middle East. Her investment career to date has involved big data management, virtual reality, IoT, digital networks and hardware.
“The best founders are visionaries, resilient, leaders but also … you have to be a little bit crazy to view the world differently and thrive to transform an idea into a market-leading business. I get a kick out of working with inspirational founders and helping them build the team and the blocks that will see them realise their vision”
“My background in technology, both engineering and commercialization probably explains my interest in IP-heavy deep tech. I am most interested in innovative models that spring from leveraging new technologies like AI, or using new assets like data or even looking at simple concepts in a complete novel way, to completely disrupt industries and challenge the status quo.”
Black Swan Data, Imandra, Limitless, Locum's Nest , Phrasee, Seldon , Speechmatics
Paul joined Albion with 10 years of experience in tech in startups and investment banking. He came from Citymapper where he was Finance Director for five years having joined when the company had less than 10 employees. He also worked in business operations at Viagogo and in M&A TMT at Citigroup.
“Having been on the operational side for many years, I know how hard it is to build and scale a tech startup. Great businesses come primarily from the team and the particular chemistry between its members. When it works it feels like magic, with the whole being bigger than the sum of its individual parts. Of course you also need to solve an important problem at the right time and in a large market. In addition, surrounding yourself with great partners is key to help you go through the startup roller coaster: choosing your VC is like a marriage! Albion has the ability to be a long-term investor and is known to develop great relationships with portfolio companies.”
Credit Kudos, Gravitee.io , Hussle, Oxsensis, Pando, WeGift
Robert has been a tech VC for 15 years following a background in corporate finance at KPMG, Credit Suisse First Boston and ING Barings.
“I’m drawn to entrepreneurs who are passionate about building a great business and changing the world. I’m especially drawn to teams who have, or plan to build, significant IP. Scaling these businesses can take time and our evergreen funds can be patient.
“I’m particularly proud of Grapeshot (acquired by Oracle in 2018) and PSE (acquired by Siemans in 2019), which both scaled revenue 10X since we invested at Series A and delivered 10X to our funds, by building global category leaders with wide IP moats.”
“Founders should seek a VC that reflects their culture. If founders value an investor who is collaborative, hardworking, humble and willing to learn whilst sharing their passion for building a great business – then AlbionVC is likely to be a good fit. We don’t interfere in operations but try to help solve the challenges of scaling, offering advice and connections when it’s helpful.”
Academia, Accelex , Anthropics , Concirrus, Convertr, Gravitee.io , Imandra, Limitless, Speechmatics, Symetrica, TransFICC
After almost eight years at Goldman Sachs JBWere in Australia, Simon completed a neuroscience PhD and postdoc in Cambridge, and worked for several years in the UK biotech startup sector. He brings deep and diverse skills to management of life-science investing for the UCL Technology Fund.
“It’s crucial to have a detailed understanding of the technology you’re investing in, and coming from an academic background means that I thoroughly enjoy getting stuck into cutting-edge science, but I also appreciate the broader investment and market context.”
“Turning discoveries into real-life impact is all about risk management both in terms of the technical hurdles you face, as well as the financial and operational risks. Crucially, it’s also about building real, long-term relationships.”
“I’m passionate about the role we can play in improving people’s lives globally, and I’m honoured to be working with world-leading academic teams at UCL who are making this happen.”
NovalGen , PanAngium Therapeutics
Tanel helps oversee the UCL Technology Fund. Appropriate, then, that he is himself a UCL alumnus with a PhD on microbiome engineering and an MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine.
“Academics are curious by nature - a trait shared by successful entrepreneurs. What sets the Fund’s biggest successes apart though is the founder’s ambition. How great an impact might the research have on society."
“Gene therapy is a great example: a new technology that can save and improve lives. Yet without investment the technology is unlikely to make it out into the clinic. I take great pride in playing a small role in helping these potential life-saving treatments see the light of day."
“I spent years working in a lab. My research background means I appreciate how hard the task is scientifically and practically to bring new ideas and tech to fruition. I’m now in a position to help far more talented scientists than me translate their research into positive public health outcomes.”
Epsilogen, Quell Therapeutics
Will has spent the better part of two decades investing in tech, healthcare, media and leisure businesses. A qualified chartered accountant, he also has a proven track record in corporate finance.
“I’ve seen boom and bust; bubbles that blow up and burst; bear and bull markets. Through it all, the same qualities shine through.
The best businesses place themselves in a broader context, able to communicate the positive impact they’ll have on the world at large. The best founders are supremely confident in their vision but humble enough to recognise they need good people around them. My job is to make sure growth is sustainable and in the long-term interests of the business, its shareholders and its founders’ vision.
I’m particularly interested in marketplaces that bring people and businesses together. One of my first investments was in a group of founders that were convinced hotel bookings would be transformed by the internet. That company became booking.com.”
Hussle, Locum's Nest
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