About Simon Blakey
Simon runds Avonmore Developments - the vehicle that he and his brother Michael use to discover great investable businesses at the seed/early-stage. Since 2000 we’ve invested in over 30 UK businesses and over 70 funding rounds. Michael runs our Singapore office ($30M seed-stage fund and covering SE Asia) that has been operating for 5 years and made 10 investments to date.
Investing across multiple investment rounds, we've now achieved numerous profitable exits - OC Robotics (2017 sale to GE Aviation), Bybox (seed investment to >£70M turnover without further funding - MBO in 2016 for £105M), Buzzmove (2014 seed investment sold to White Mountain Insurance Group in 2016) Omega Logic (Sale to Eposs Ltd), Pout (Sale to Catterton Partners) Commerce Decisions (Sale to QinetiQ) and Tagman (Sale to Ensighten). Of course failures have also happened too :-)
Simon is actively involved in many of many of our investments, including the raise of further financing. He sits on the Investment Committee of the UK's Angel CoFund, is a non-exec and investment committee member at Playfair Capital (£25M VC early-stage fund) and is a member of Cambridge Angels. Outside of work he is a runner, photography collector and sit on the board of the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich, UK
Current UK investments include Trouva (2013 investment alongside Index Ventures/Octopus, $10M Series A in 2017), Ventrata, Reposit Ltd, Audiense (formerly Socialbro), Chattermill, Specle, Virtual IT, CareLineLive and several others. We are actively looking for early-stage, investment opportunities and continue to support current portfolio companies in further financing rounds.
What they invest in
They are sector agnostic.
Where they invest
They invest in startups based in United Kingdom and Europe.
Customers are other businesses (B2B)
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