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Say hello to our visionaries. 


Meet some of the industry experts who work with Sapphire. Individuals with transformative ideas and a passion for identifying and investing in the companies of tomorrow. They make the future exciting.

 

John Bailye

SideBySide EIS Venture Fund

John knows how to grow companies from startup to success. He co-founded a start-up that grew to a $1 billion market cap on Nasdaq. Today he leads the SideBySide EIS Venture Fund with the sole focus of identifying, investing in and mentoring the high-growth companies of tomorrow.

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John Bailye

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Shot Scope
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Laundryheap
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Envestors
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Invest in the SidebySide EIS Venture Fund

Damon Bonser

British Design Funds

Damon is a serial entrepreneur with many years of experience in building, running and selling businesses within the creative sector. He now uses his expertise to help the British Design Fund to identify the most ambitious and scalable opportunities in the design sector today.

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Damon Bonser

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Kokoon
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Lutra Marine
Luttra Marine
KTech Manufacturing
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Invest in British Design Fund 3

Dr Nicola Broughton

MEDCAN Fund

Armed with an MBA, a PhD and a Diploma in Law, combined with many years of experience in venture capital and expertise in intellectual property, Nicola is well placed to lead the MEDCAN fund to invest in startups that exploit the therapeutic potential of the endocannabinoid system for use in global markets.

 

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Dr Nicola Broughton

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

London & Paris

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Herbolea
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Octarine
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Dr Glenn Crocker

Pioneer Life Sciences EIS Knowledge Intensive Fund

Glenn is the Director of Ventures & Investment. He has a DPhil in Immunology and qualified as a Chartered Accountant, with EY. At EY he was UK Head of Biotechnology and worked in Palo Alto, CA and Cambridge, UK before becoming founder CEO of BioCity Group.

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Dr Glenn Crocker

Executive Director

Nottingham — United Kingdom

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

BiVictrix
BiVictriX Therapeutics
XenoGesis
XenoGesis
Roylance Pharma
Roylance Pharma
Invest in Pioneer Life Sciences EIS Knowledge Intensive Fund

Andy Davidson

Nova Cofoundery SEIS & EIS Fund

Learning the tech business from the ground up, Andy started as a software engineer and over the last 20 years, he has co-founded more than 100 tech companies - including Lucid Games & Sentric Music. Today he focuses on identifying the companies of tomorrow for the Nova Cofoundery SEIS & EIS Fund.

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Andy Davidson

Co-Founder

Liverpool

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

VidiVet
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Bolda
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Aquarate
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Welbee
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Thrift
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Umii
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Invest in Nova Cofoundery EIS & SEIS Fund

Pippa Gawley

Zero Carbon Capital 2022 LP

An engineer with a passion for investing, Pippa has spent her career at the intersection of technology, innovation and business. Previously an active investor in the Bay Area, today Pippa leads the Zero Carbon Capital 2022 fund to support entrepreneurs fighting for the future of our planet.

 

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Pippa Gawley

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Lilac Solutions
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Multus Biotechnology
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Phycobloom
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View Zero Carbon Capital 2022 LP

Lachlan Gowrie-Smith

GameTech Ventures Fund

A lifelong gamer, Lachlan has developed a passion for building technology start ups, with a focus on gaming and esports. Today, Lachlan helps the GameTech Ventures Fund to discover early stage companies that are pioneering the future of our digital lives through gaming technology and the gaming audience.

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Lachlan Gowrie-Smith

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Mod.io
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Ampverse
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Edge
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Invest in Gametech Ventures Fund

Dr Ilian Iliev

EMVC Evergreen EIS Fund

With a passion for building companies from the ground up, Ilian is an expert in industrial high-tech, energy, the circular economy, smart cities and transportation. As the CEO of NetScientfic plc and the MD of EMV Capital - Ilian helps the EMVC Evergreen EIS Fund identify, invest in and mentor the companies of tomorrow.

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Dr Ilian Iliev

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Q-Bot
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Insight
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PointGrab
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Invest in the EMVC Evergreen EIS Fund

Dominic Keen

British Robotics Funds

Dominic lives and breathes robotics. As a successful entrepreneur - having previously floated the Mporium Group plc - Dominic now helps the British Robotics Funds to invest in and mentor promising robotics ventures to maximise their growth potential.

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Dominic Keen

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Humanising Autonomy
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Futr
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QLM
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INVEST IN THE BRITISH ROBOTICS SIDECAR FUND

Marcus Love

Love Ventures Funds

Marcus has a highly experienced equities background and is a successful angel investor. Previously, he backed the UK’s most valuable private company, Revolut, which now has a market value of circa $33 billion. Today, Marcus helps the Love Ventures Funds in identifying the FinTech, PropTech and ConsumerTech companies of tomorrow.

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Marcus Love

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Revolut
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Coconut
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Banked
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Invest in the Love Ventures Fund II

Brian McCaul

QUBIS Innovation Fund

Having led the #1 University Spin-out in Entrepreneurial Impact Ranking for the last two years, Brian is the visionary CEO behind QUBIS. He uses his many years of experience in aerospace and innovative software to help the QUBIS Innovation Fund identify the most exciting and scalable early-stage companies.

 

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Brian McCaul

Co-Founder

Belfast

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Liopa
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Fusion Antibodies
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CV6 Therapeutics
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View the QUBIS Innovation Fund

Mehjabeen Patrick

Creative England Fund

Mehjabeen is an ambitious, committed leader with an MBA and over 25 years of experience in investing. Previously, she worked as a Director of Finance for United Nations Association. Now Mehjabeen is responsible for the implementation and running of all operating functions in Creative UK.

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Mehjabeen Patrick

Co-Founder

Bristol

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

AntStream
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Booking Live
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V9 Group
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View the Creative England Investment Fund

Mark Pearson

Fuel Ventures Funds

Mark is a serial entrepreneur, having founded and invested in numerous technology and software companies that result in some high-profile exits. Mark is the founder of the Fuel Ventures funds which are identifying, developing and scaling exciting SaaS, online marketplaces and eCommerce businesses.

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Mark Pearson

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

OnBuy.com
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Volt
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Heroes
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Invest in Fuel Ventures Scale-up Fund

Daniel Rodwell

GrowthInvest Portfolio Service

Daniel has been a successful angel investor for over ten years. Currently, he mentors scalable businesses and founded an equity derivatives boutique. He now uses his expertise and knowledge in managing the GrowthInvest platform and is passionate about increasing efficiency in the alternative investment sector.

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Daniel Rodwell

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Krzana
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Spring
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DT10 Sports
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Invest in Growth Invest Portfolio Services

Paul Rous

Regenerate Ventures Fund I

Paul founded eight companies with four successful exits and has over twelve years of experience within venture capital as a co-founder of Fuel Ventures and Blackfinch Ventures. Paul currently serves as the managing director of Regenerate Ventures which targets ESG focused and climate-positive agricultural innovation.

 

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Paul Rous

Managing Director

London

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Invest in Regenerate Ventures Fund I

Raj Saxena

Velocity Capital Funds

Raj worked as Red Bull Energy Drinks, UK & Ireland’s marketing director and has completed an MBA at the Institute for Management Development in Lausanne. Raj is currently the CEO of Velocity Capital Advisors who have extensive experience in marketing and business development.

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Raj Saxena

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Reality Gaming
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My mini factory
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Gather app
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Invest in Velocity EIS Technology Fund 5

Claire Smith

Beyond Impact Fund

An inspirational vegan entrepreneur, Claire invests in plant-based and cruelty-free companies. Additionally, she founded 100 Women in Finance in Switzerland. With more than 35 years of experience in the financial industry, she now helps the Beyond Impact Fund to identify ethical early-stage companies which promote the vegan lifestyle. 

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Claire Smith

Founder

Ireland & Switzerland

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Meatless Farm
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Mighty Drinks
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The Vurger Co.
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Invest in Beyond Impact Vegan EIS & SEIS Fund I

Jasper Smith

Vala Capital Funds

Jasper, a passionate environmentalist and successful entrepreneur, has founded and invested in many companies in the technology sector. He co-founded PlayJam, one of the largest tv and mobile games networks. Currently, Jasper helps Vala Capital to identify innovative startups, transforming them into profitable, sustainable companies.

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Jasper Smith

Co-Founder

London

EXAMPLE INVESTMENTS

Great British Biscotti Co.
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Terralogix.ai
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Arksen
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Invest in Better Ventures EIS