Research shows that the world of investment lacks diversity. According to Beauhurst, just 22% of deals in 2020 went to female-led businesses. What’s more, it’s estimated that the level of angel and VC funding secured by black and diverse founders is less than 2%. This presents a missed opportunity for investors to tap-into exciting and innovative businesses. By changing the face of investing we open up the possibility of developing a more diverse and equal business landscape, and the chance for overlooked markets to succeed. In this session we spoke to leaders in the field of diversity in investment and listened to the experience of female-led businesses in securing finance.
Jordan Dargue (Chair)
Head of Access to Finance, Innovation SuperNetwork
Jordan is a senior talent and technology leader with over 15 years experience across a diverse range of sectors. Jordan is an innovative and entrepreneurial professional with a proven ability to drive start up and business growth through raising capital and strategic development. Jordan has an abundance of experience working directly with investors including angel investors and works with start up companies to connect them with the right source of funding.
At Innovation SuperNetwork Jordan is responsible for leading the Regional Angel Accelerator programme, an Innovate UK Accelerator to help stimulate Angel investment in the North. Jordan is also responsible for overseeing and developing the Newcastle Angel Hub, building an angel investment network bringing together investors from across the region to build an active investment syndicate and co-investment network.
Director, Investing Women Angels
Evelyn Simpson is a highly experienced advisor, coach, mentor and non-executive director. She works extensively with early-stage companies and their founders with a particular passion for working with female founders. She is an entrepreneur in her own right having co-founded her own coaching and training firm.
A former investment banker, Evelyn worked for JP Morgan Chase executing a range of corporate finance and M & A transactions around the world. Later in her banking career, she was COO and board member for Chase Manhattan Asia Limited in Hong Kong.
Evelyn serves as Chair of Neatebox Limited, a tech start-up. She also chairs the Board of Trustees of Venture Scotland, a mental health charity, and is a director of the Investing Women Angels syndicate with which she is an active investor.
She has a BA in Economics and Law from Edinburgh University and an MBA from Columbia Business School, New York
UKBAA Angel of the Year 2021
Deepali is an advisor to female founders and an angel investor with a keen interest in digital health, femtech and sustainability. Deepali invests in female founders/mixed teams and some of her investments include LiveBetterWith, PensionBee, Polipop, Parla, Planera, Kama Labs, Sano Genetics, Shell Works, SideQuest, Juno Bio, Flown, Okko and Yhangry. Deepali is also a co-founder at Alma Angels (www.alma-angels.com), set-up to democratize and demystify angel investing and create more female angel investors that invest into female founders. She is also an Atomico Angel and a Venture Partner at Speedinvest (where she focuses on female founders). Deepali is UKBAA’s Angel Investor of the Year.
Janet Mui CFA
Investment Director, Brewin Dolphin
Janet Mui, CFA, is Investment Director at Brewin Dolphin and is a voting member of Brewin Dolphin’s Asset Allocation Committee. She has over 10 years of experience in macro research and was previously the global economist at Cazenove Capital. She is responsible for the commentary and communication of Brewin Dolphin’s macro / investment views to clients and the media and is a frequent guest on the BBC, Sky news, Bloomberg and CNBC. Janet won the best industry commentator award at the 2021 City of London wealth management awards. She has a first class Economics degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA in Finance at Cambridge University.