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Nigel Brown

Nigel Brown OBE


Nigel started his own business, NW Brown Group, in Cambridge in 1974 and by 2007, when he retired, it employed nearly 100 people and managed discretionary funds of over $1bn. Since the early 1990s Nigel has spent most of his time helping early stage businesses with finance and advice. As part of this process he formed the GEIF, an angel network, and was co-founder of the Cambridge Network. He raised his first venture capital fund, the $70m Gateway Fund in 2001 and was part of the team which raised the IQ Capital Fund in 2006. His efforts on behalf of early stage companies achieved national recognition when he received an individual Queen's award for enterprise promotion in 2006, and an OBE in 2007.

Nigel chairs IQ Capital and keeps an active involvement in university and charitable activities. Nigel supports the performing arts, especially music through his own charity, The Stradivari Trust, which raises substantial funds for the purchase of rare stringed instruments for gifted musicians.

Richard Little

Richard Little


Richard Little is an entrepreneurial non-executive director of software and services businesses, with substantial experience of small businesses in the financial services sector. He's presently serving as chairman (since 1999) and interim CEO (since 2005) of Dovetail Group Ltd, Non-executive chairman (since 2004) of Transversal Corporation, Non-executive director (since 2002) of Market Data Services Ltd, and Non-executive director (since 2000) of Rule Financial Ltd. Richard's career began in 1979, with Burroughs Machines Ltd., selling accounting systems to small businesses in West London. In 1982, he set up his own business, Braid, and led the company to be sold to Mercator, a Nasdaq-listed company, for $125million in 1999. Since then Richard has concentrated exclusively on smaller privately-held businesses in UK, experiencing the challenges of growth from the founder-managed stage.

Philip Langston

Philip Langston


An experienced fund manager, entrepreneur and business angel. After an initial career in the property investment/development sector and a first degree at the University of Cambridge Philip joined 3i in 1978. While at 3i he developed a special interest and expertise in the evaluation, funding and development of early stage businesses, many with a high technological basis. After fifteen years with 3i and NatWest Ventures Philip returned to Cambridge to run a small fund established by 3i and The University of Cambridge (Quantum) dedicated to funding and managing technology based spin-outs from the University. In 1997 he bought a small manufacturing business which he relocated, repositioned in its market, expanded and made highly profitable and cash generative. Six years later the business attracted a very good offer and was sold in 2004. Philip has been actively investing as a business angel since then.

Tim Schoonmaker

Tim Schoonmaker


Tim Schoonmaker manages a portfolio of public company investments. He was at Emap plc from 1983 until 2004; where he was CEO of Emap Performance, including the group's radio and music TV interests, pioneering cross-media brand creation through digital platforms, and the Chairman of EMAP Advertising. Thereafter, he was CEO of Odeon Cinemas Ltd, where he led the business through an exit successful for investors, and also served as the media industry partner of mid-market private equity fund DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. He is currently Chairman of Grapeshot Ltd, a current portfolio company of the IQ Capital Fund. He holds an MBA from the London Business School and a BA from Dartmouth College.

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