Managing Partner, Delta2020
Simon Thorpe is a qualified chartered accountant with 25 years of city experience. He has worked in equity research, sales and capital markets with major institutional investors and corporates across all sectors.
He is an angel investor, entrepreneur, coach, mentor and acts as a non-executive director and growth consultant for technology companies. He runs his own business, Delta2020, is a senior advisor to Eleven Canterbury, and is a member of Cambridge Angels, Cambridge Capital Group (CCG) and Angel Academe. He is also a NED at Exacttrak, Transversal, Viewranger, CCG Observer at Eagle Genomics and the board observer for Niume.
Simon is an active angel investor in the UK technology sector. He has built up a portfolio of over 20 companies, has backed ten female founders and to date has achieved five exits including Cambridge CMOS Sensors, CentraStage, Swiftkey and Vocal IQ.
In July 2016 he was awarded UKBAA Angel Investor of the Year 2016/17. Simon was recently appointed an Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). He is a mentor for CJBS’s Accelerate programme, Angel Academe’s female entrepreneur programme and the University of Manchester. An outdoor enthusiast, when not in four wheels you will find him on two as a keen cyclist.
forum: wed 25 nov, 11:00 – 12:30
Women Investment Forum
Over the last few years, UKBAA has identified the distinct challenges faced by women in the investment ecosystem, from the disproportionately low level of representation of women seeking to angel invest, to the disparity in access to finance faced by women-led teams. In early 2020, based on the recommendations of the Alison Rose Review, action was taken across the ecosystem to change the outlook for women founders, with the launch of the HMT Investing in Women Code. Alongside the commitment to women founders, action has also been taken by angel groups throughout the UK, to create more inclusivity within networks and develop the tools and resources needed to build and grow more women angels.
Join us as key players showcase the actions being taken and understand how they can be applied across the angel investment community regardless of group size or stage, to continue the work that’s already taking place.
Panel – Re-balancing the playing field
This panel will look at the wider role women angel investors can play in helping to shape the investment landscape to support female founders of the future and increasing the gender diversity in the investment base. It will also pinpoint the many actions taken by leaders in the ecosystem.