Wednesday July 6, 2016
Asset Match are delighted to be the lead sponsor for the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2016 and as Stuart Lucas, our Founder and Co-CEO explains:
"Asset Match regard this event, at such a prestigious location as both befitting our growth to date, and to further raise our profile within the burgeoning Angel sector. The increasing demand from investors for liquidity and exits in unlisted shares has been aided by the UKBAA raising awareness of the problem.
After over 180 successful auctions of private and unlisted company shares Asset Match is the accepted platform that successfully addresses these issues and is proud to be the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards lead sponsor.”
In addition, Asset Match sponsored the Exit of the Year award which was presented by Iain Baillie, our Founder and Co-CEO at the Gala Awards Dinner last night.
The winner - SwiftKey
SwiftKey's mission is to enhance interaction between people and technology. They're best known for their predictive keyboard apps that learn from you to make typing on touchscreens faster and easier. They also work directly with mobile manufacturers and worldwide, their technology features on more than 250 million devices.
What the Judges Said
“The team have developed deep technology and succeeded in building a huge customer base in a market which is highly dominated by key US players. The Exit achieved through acquisition by Microsoft was therefore the natural choice and with the founders now running a significant operation within the corporate. This has offered a strong return for the VCs and Angels many of whom achieved a strong 10-13x return”
The One to Watch – Hassle
The online marketplace that matches busy working professionals with local trusted cleaners.
What the Judges Said
“Set up by experienced women founders, the business demonstrated strong disruption of the home cleaning market and capacity for scale. Having attracted acquisition by a German competitor within only 2 and half years since its establishment Hassle was able to offer a very strong return for investors especially for the angels who had provided early backing many of whom achieved a 35x return”
Details of the other awards and nominees can be found here.
About the Awards
Now in their 11th year, the annual UK Angel Investment Awards recognise the high growth and success of the UK's fastest growing brands, acknowledging the angels, crowdfunds and early stage venture capital investors supporting them from start-up to scale-up
About the UKBAA
The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment. Angel investing is part of a £1.5 billion EIS investment market in the UK – the single largest source of early stage capital in this country. The Angel community in the UK is fast-growing and also very diverse, reflecting a range of different investment models and approaches.
UKBAA’s members include angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators as well as professional advisers and intermediaries.
The UK Business Angels Association connects all those involved in the angel investment market with a view to ensuring a coherent ecosystem for financing the growth of start-up and early stage businesses.
About the presenter, Kiki Loizou
Kiki Loizou, Small Business Editor, The Sunday Times
Kiki has been the Small Business Editor at the Sunday Times for more than two years. In that time, she has covered issues faced by startups, small and medium sized firms and growing companies while documenting the rise of British Fintech and technology clusters across the country. She continues to cover current trends and the funding options available to entrepreneurs. Outside her remit, she has reported on the economies of Cyprus and Greece.