- I will share investments where I have a large enough allocation to use a syndicate, and the entrepreneurs want to take this approach. - do *not* ask for update or give founder suggestions w/o request; if you believe you know the space, run your own company - will focus on data play and tech founders - prepared to lose the investment completely
We founded Bethnal Green Ventures back in 2011 to invest in and support technology ventures that could have a positive social or environmental benefit for millions of people.
Our preference is to invest where we don’t need to compromise on social impact and financial success. We look for companies where social impact is embedded into their product or service - where the company needs to have only one goal in order to increase their impact: sell more of their product or service.
We generally invest in and support ventures that meet these criteria working in four domains - education, health, sustainability and civic innovation. In each case, we have three reasons for choosing that area:
* We believe that successful ventures in the sector have the potential for huge positive social impact * We believe the sector holds the potential for massive growth for new ventures * We know something about that domain
Since 2011 we've invested in over 50 companies through our accelerator programme (usually £15,000 in return for 6%) and learned a huge amount. We've backed fantastic companies like DrDoctor, Fairphone, Mastodon C, Open Utility, Talklife and many more. They've gone on to raise a further £10.5 million of external investment.
Now we're starting to do some follow-on investing of our own and we'll syndicate deals occasionally here where there's a neat fit between the funding aspirations of the founders and the Angelist community.