Investment groups in the North are calling for more women to become angel investors.
Women across the regions of the Northern Powerhouse are urged to take part in the Women Angels of the North Investment Forum on November 12.
Organised by UK Business Angels Association in partnership with County Durham-based fintech firm Growth Capital Ventures and Leeds based NorthInvest, this event seeks to raise awareness among experienced businesswomen of the opportunities to back great entrepreneurs.
It is being held in the elegant Art Deco surroundings of the Queen’s Hotel in central Leeds.
Currently women angel investors make up a small proportion of the angel investment market, and UKBAA's recent research showed that many women are unaware of the opportunity to use their spare finance and business experience to invest in growing small businesses.
Jordan Dargue is group operations director for Growth Capital Ventures. She has helped organise the forum and will be on the panel sharing experiences and answering questions.
She said: “The Women Angels of the North event has a key focus of bringing together northern-based like-minded women with an interest in investing, particularly those who want to see their investments make an impact and change lives for the better.
“Aimed at both new and experienced investors, we want to spread the word to women with an interest in investing. After all, women own more than 45% of the UK’s wealth, but only 14% of angel investors in the UK are women. The investing landscape is vast and varied, but male-dominated and this needs to change for everybody’s benefit. The data shows that, as women, when we do invest, we do extremely well!
“There are so many inspiring women out there that have vast experience and knowledge, and we want to encourage them to use not only their finances as an investment, but their knowledge and experience in backing the next generation of British businesses and in doing so, to make an impact.’’
This half-day event will offer opportunities to share the experiences of women business angels. Delegates will also get tips and advice, hear case studies of successful investments, gain expert information on the angel investing process, join in interactive debates and enjoy networking.
For further Information on the Forum and how to get involved see www.womenangelsforum.org
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