Mike Lynch of Autonomy confirmed as BBAA National Awards after dinner Speaker

9 June 2011

Celebrating Success in Early Stage Investing:

Mike Lynch to Address BBAA National Awards Dinner, 30 June 2011

The British Business Angels Association are delighted to announce that Dr Mike Lynch, Britain’s most successful software entrepreneur and founder of Autonomy, will be the guest speaker at the BBAA’s Annual Awards Dinner on 30th June 2011, which recognises achievement in investing in the early stage market place. Lynch (often described as “Britain’s Bill Gates”), has grown Autonomy into an international, $7bn-cap, FTSE 100 business. The 2011 black-tie Gala event is backed by the City of London Corporation and is being held at the Museum of London, one of the most exciting and uniquely interesting venues of the Capital.


The BBAA Gala Awards Dinner, which will be followed the next day by a national Investment Summit at 1 Moorgate Place, EC2,   has become the focal point of the year for all those interested in the progress of angel investment in the UK, bringing together over 200 representatives of the industry.  The awards this year will focus on key areas of the market where angels have made investments, including angel-backed deals of the year in mobile; clean tech; med tech and social impact investment. BBAA will also be presenting awards for VC-Angel deal of the year and Earlystage team of the year, as well as Angel of the Year to encourage more people to recognise the opportunity to use their financial wealth and business experience to invest in innovating entrepreneurs.    

Paul Sizeland, Director of Economic Development at the City of London Corporation, who has extensive experience in international affairs, will also speak on behalf of the City of London. “The City of London Corporation supports the development of small and growing businesses in the City and neighbouring areas, so we are delighted to be involved in this year’s BBAA Awards, celebrating early stage investment which can be transformational for small businesses and start-ups”, said Mr Sizeland.

"We are sponsoring the Angel Investor of the Year award to highlight the difference just one individual investor can make in helping a small business to grow and succeed. We firmly believe that Angel Investing can help underpin economic growth and also support the sense of enterprise that we at the City of London Corporation seek to support both in the City and our neighbouring areas.

"The City of London offers significant support to small businesses; spearheading initiatives like the Innovation Warehouse - a business incubation hub and mentoring facility for start-ups - and Ready to Supply the City – a scheme which helps local businesses enter the high value City supply chain – and we are currently conducting research into social investment to dig deeper into the issue.”

BBAA invites angel investors, VCs, SMEs, advisors and all those working with early stage investing to put forward their nominations to win one of these prestigious awards. The deadline is Monday 20th June for all nominations which will be judged by an expert panel.

The BBAA Awards for 2011  on 30th June will be:

Angel Investor of the Year (Sponsored by City of London Corporation)

  • Early Stage Team of the Year (Sponsored by Angel Capital Group)
  • Angel-VC Investment of the Year
  • Angel Mobile Investment of the Year
  • Angel Med Tech-Healthcare Investment of the Year (Sponsored by xénos)
  • Angel Clean Tech Investment of the Year
  • Angel Social Impact Investment of the Year (Sponsored by UnLtd and the Social Impact Co-Investment Fund (managed by the FSE group, lead partner Resonance Ltd)).


The BBAA Annual Awards Dinner on 30th June will be held at the exciting newly refurbishedMuseum of London and sponsored by the City of London Corporation.

This event which has become a focal point in the year for the angel and early stage investment market place will reward achievements across different aspects of the angel and early stage marketplace over the last year.

BBAA is delighted to have the backing of the City of London Corporation and to be holding this event in the innovative location of the Museum of London one of the most uniquely interesting venues of the Capital.

Participants in this event will have exclusive access to the exhibits of the Museum of London Galleries during the Champagne reception, combined with excellent food, guest speakers and extensive networking opportunities in a unique and prestigious location in the historic heart of the City of London.

Six Awards will be presented to reward success in investing in the early stage market place and BBAA is now inviting Nominations. There are also sponsorship opportunities available to organisations wishing to align themselves with the high profile BBAA awards.