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27 June, 2018 - 11:48 By Tony Quested

Cambridge entrepreneur named president of European angel network

Peter Cowley, the chairman of Cambridge Angels, has been named as new president of the European Business Angel Network.

It is a tremendous accolade for the outstanding Cambridge Angels investment network of serial entrepreneurs and for Cowley, a judge in the Business Weekly Awards and named the World Business Angels Forum’s world best business angel in 2017.

The European Business Angel Network (EBAN), is the pan-European community for early stage investors covering over 150 member organisations in more than 50 countries. Cowley, who was voted UK Angel of the Year 2014-15, has been appointed  to take the helm for the next two years.

Cowley (pictured above) said: “I am proud to have been elected president of the European Business Angel Network with whom I have been working for many years.

As an entrepreneur for four decades and a very active angel for the last decade, I hope to bring my own experience and awareness of angel investing in Europe and around the world to the organisation.”

A Cambridge University technology graduate, Cowley founded and has run more than 10 businesses in technology and property over the last 35 years or so. He has built up portfolio of 60-plus angel investments, has mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs and is on the boards of eight startups. 

As well as being chair of the Cambridge Angels, Cowley is a Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Cambridge Judge Business School, a non-executive director of the UK Business Angel Association – now also based in Cambridge at The Bradfield Centre, and is also on the investment committee of the Angel Co-fund. 

Established in 1999 by a group of pioneer angel networks in Europe with the collaboration of the European Commission and EURADA, EBAN represents a sector estimated to invest €7.5 billion a year and playing a vital role in Europe’s future, notably in the funding of SMEs. 

Candace Johnson, the current EBAN president who is stepping down after four years in the role, said of Cowley’s appointment: “I cannot tell you how thrilled the entire EBAN community is to be having Peter Cowley as our next president to lead us to the next level. 

“We have all worked very hard from the beginning of EBAN and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary next year; it was extremely difficult to find somebody who could take us to the next level and we feel that Peter, with his experience as an entrepreneur, an incredible investment portfolio, expertise and knowledge, dedication, and commitment to the angel investing world, is the perfect candidate.”

Cowley added: “With the aid of a skilled and international board, EBAN will continue to help with European policy, to educate and to connect angels and angel groups throughout Europe.”

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