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6 December, 2017 - 11:47 By Tony Quested

Bradfield Centre just heaven for UK business angels

The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) has established an angel hub at The Bradfield Centre on the world famous Cambridge Science Park. It is a major coup for the centre which aims to inspire new generations of science & technology stars.

The angel hub offers opportunities for both existing and would-be angels to drop in and learn from fellow investors, attend training workshops, develop new syndicates and to meet and potentially invest in local entrepreneurs.

Members of The Bradfield Centre and the wider Cambridge ecosystem will benefit from a rich programme of content to help grow their business – including mentoring and guidance, pitching events, coffee mornings and fireside chats.

The UKBAA is the national trade association for angel and early-stage investment, representing over 180 member organisations and around 182,000 investors. 

Business angels in the UK collectively invest an estimated £1.6 billion per annum and represent the UK’s largest source of investment for startups and early-stage businesses seeking to grow. 

UKBAA’s members include angel networks, syndicates, individual investors, early-stage VCs, equity crowdfunding platforms, accelerators, professional advisers and intermediaries. 

The association acts as the voice of the angel investment community and strives to build and connect the angel investment ecosystem to ensure a coherent landscape for financing high-potential entrepreneurs.

Jon Bradford, director of The Bradfield Centre said: “Capital, advice, connections – these are all essential ingredients to grow a successful tech business. Bringing more of these ingredients into the Cambridge ecosystem is a key part of our mission at The Bradfield Centre and the establishment of a UKBAA angel hub here represents a real boost for local entrepreneurs and investors alike.”

Jenny Tooth, CEO of the UK Business Angels Association added: “Angel investors bring so much value to startup and scaleup businesses and by partnering with The Bradfield Centre we are creating a dynamic environment for these crucial relationships to flourish. 

“This new angel hub should also attract new investors to engage with the entrepreneurial community here in Cambridge.”

In a seminal week for The Bradfield Centre, it has also announced significant partnerships with three Cambridge University organisations to help forge and foster mutually beneficial links: Cambridge Judge Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre, ideaSpace and the Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club (CUTEC).

These organisations will benefit from access to the newly created partner lounge in The Bradfield Centre which will enable their members to work from its state of the art facilities, host meetings, connect with the membership, engage with event, and create their own programming to be delivered at the centre.

Hanadi Jabado, executive director of Cambridge Judge Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre, said: “This exciting new partnership with the Bradfield Centre complements the School’s aims to serve the successful development of the Cambridge Cluster and entrepreneurial community through effective entrepreneurship teaching, mentoring and facilitated networking.”

The Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park, Cambridge Enterprise and Cambridge Judge Business School are all sponsors of the UK-leading Business Weekly Awards which are underway and attracting a superb array of candidates reflecting the cluster’s excellence for innovation.

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