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tech investor award
The tech landscape has changed dramatically over the past decade, therefore investing in tech has had to change too. In an already hugely crowded marketplace, it is increasingly difficult to pick and choose where the opportunities lie, making the role of a tech investor particularly specialist.
The tech investor award was created this year in order recognise the specialism involved in this role and to reward those who have demonstrated an ability to identify new and existing commercial opportunities, in addition to understanding value creation and possessing a long term vision to help businesses grow – with proven results! Some tough criteria to meet, however the shortlisted investors below have all certainly delivered.
Herald have been big supporters of tech for as long as the group has been in existence. Launched in 1994 by Katie Potts, formerly a technology analyst covering UK stocks at Warburg Securities, Katie believed that smaller companies offered greater potential for capital appreciation than larger ones, while many required capital to realise potentially exciting growth
Herald are evangelists for the sector, and firmly believe investors are missing an opportunity if they are not represented.
Hg began life as Mercury Private Equity, the private equity arm of Mercury Asset Management plc, and was acquired by Merrill Lynch in 1997. The group negotiated independence from Merrill Lynch in 2000 and HgCapital (as it was then known) was born. Hg has over $30bn in funds under management, and invests on behalf of more than 100 clients based around the world.
In August this year, Hg led the $12.2bn buyout of Visma, which was Europe's largest software buyout to date.
IP Group was founded with a mission to evolve great ideas, mainly from its partner universities, into world-changing businesses. The group invests in the Life Sciences, technology and cleantech sectors and its technology portfolio is led by Mark Reilly, who is a tech Voting Panel member and therefore was exempt from voting in this category.
IP Group has helped create some of the UK’s most exciting Deeptech start-up success stories, such as next generation interfaces pioneer UltraLeap and indoor location pioneer Navenio, in addition to guiding the recent partial exit of Ceres Power, arguably the most successful early-stage cleantech venture investment in UK history.
LocalGlobe was founded by father and son duo Robin and Saul Klein in 1999. The pair started out as a two-man team backing tech founders and are currently sitting on the boards of now household names such as Farfetch, Transferwise and Zoopla.
LocalGlobe holds many community focused events with local, city and national government representatives, experienced entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, academics and scientists. The group has raised c£340m since 2015 and its portfolio of companies includes Citymapper, Improbable, Lovefilm, Moo and Tweetdeck.