The prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion has been awarded to Nelson Gray, a renowned angel investor and board member of LINC Scotland, the national association for business angels in Scotland.

Since selling his own successful business in 1995, Nelson has been a key player in the development of a vibrant business angel community in Scotland, and in helping the LINC model achieve widespread international recognition and adoption.

 

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is for individuals who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs.  As an active business angel, Nelson has directly provided numerous start-up and early stage entrepreneurs with funding, support and mentoring.   While there is a certain aura of mystery surrounding business angels, who are largely invisible, Nelson says he is thrilled to receive such an important and prestigious award.

 

“People like myself become business angels because we want to invest our capital and knowledge into local businesses with the potential to make a significant economic difference.  Seventeen years ago my wife and I invested in a Borders company which has grown into one of the largest employers in the area.  I feel that we’ve put something back into Scotland, particularly for young people, it’s not just a financial payback but a social one.  I am a ‘hands-on’ investor and like to help businesses as well as providing money and if we can have fun along the way, even better.”

 

Speaking on behalf of Scotland’s angel community, David Grahame the Executive Director of LINC Scotland says everyone involved in angel investing is hugely pleased to see Nelson’s contribution recognised with a Queen’s Award.  “Over the years Nelson has been a superb champion for the angel community in this country and his activities overseas both for LINC Scotland and as a GlobalScot have helped angel groups around the world set up networks based on the Scottish model. 

 

Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland added that Nelson’s broader contribution to promoting entrepreneurship has also been significant.  “Nelson is passionate about supporting young people and he was a founding member of the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, set up to help students in Scotland discover their entrepreneurial talent, as well as a long serving board member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.”

 

 

For further information, please contact Susan Nickalls at the BIG Partnership on 0131 557 5252 or susan.nickalls@bigpartnership.co.uk.  A photo of Nelson Gray is attached.

 

 

More information about Nelson Gray:

 

Nelson has invested in over 30 companies personally and more than 50 as a fund manager and sits on the advisory board for the UK government’s Angel Co-investment Fund.  A former Vice President of EBAN, the European Trade Association for Business Angels, he was their Business Angel of the Year in 2008.

Recognised internationally as a ‘thought leader’, Nelson has delivered training and mentoring to entrepreneurs and angel investors in many countries including Chile, India, Australia as well as across Europe. He has also provided advice on the establishment and structuring of innovative early stage investment funds and the development of business angel investing at an international level working with The Inter America Development Bank, The International Science and Technology Centre in Moscow, and government agencies in countries such as Jordan, Finland, New Zealand, and Kazakhstan.

 

 

 

 

Article source: http://www.angelnews.co.uk/article.jsf?articleId=18793

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What do angel investors want in startup founders? Drive, passion and smarts? Sure but every founder claims those. Integrity and character?  Yes, they are essential, but investors notice them only if they are missing. So what do investors really look for? While every angel is different, here are the top five attributes I believe all entrepreneurs should have:

1. Experience 

Investing in startups is risky business, and one of the best ways to manage the risk is to go with people who already have startup experience.

Related: The 5 Best Pitch Tactics I Heard as an Angel Investor

I’ve heard this at least a dozen times in investor discussions: “Bet on the jockey not the horse.” And I’ve heard this even more: “But nobody on the team has any experience with a startup.” This isn’t a good sign. You can study it, read about it, and spout the startup clichés with the best of them; but you have to live it to understand it. 

What may surprise you is that most investors respect experience with failure as much as with success. Most of them know what failure feels like and respect the founder who can acknowledge the failure and recognize what went wrong.

If you haven’t started a company, some investors may suggest joining a funded startup team as an early employee before you get your hands dirty as a founder.

2. Teachable

I’ve been in several discussions about founders being “teachable.” Teachable is a code word for being able to listen, acknowledge mistakes and learn. Angel investors like to share what they know with the companies they invest in. So they like people who listen and learn continuously. And they dislike people who already know everything (or act like they do).

Not being teachable can show up in various formats. For example, some founders who interrupt investors’ questions too quickly and inject a pat answer without having understood the issue, might be called unteachable. And founders who treat every question like an attack, to be defended, are likely to be considered unteachable. Angel investors don’t usually like founders who seem sure they need no help and have all the answers. 

Instead, founders should own their mistake and be open to taking advice from angel investors.  

3. Plays well with others

Angel investors like startup founders who build teams. The single entrepreneur who does everything is probably bootstrapping a small business, not doing a high-growth startup looking for seed money from angels. Yes, it’s great to have deep domain knowledge directly related to the business, such as the technology involved, the market, or — really good — the customers, but it is hard to do everything.  

It’s good for founders to know what they don’t know, so they can build to bolster up weaknesses. It’s great to see founders who recognize limitations and want to bring in people with the skills and experience they don’t already have. And I give special extra credit for founders who don’t want to be the smartest person in the room.

Related: Entrepreneurs Can Pay It Forward Through Angel Investing

4. Believing that it matters

Startups with a cause do better. When potential investors ask startup founders how they developed the idea, they are often fishing for the authenticity — the light in founders’ eyes — that they hope shows up in those stories. When it’s just a quick business opportunity somebody who sees a way to make some money, there’s no history (or passion) to it. 

This doesn’t mean you have to have a big social goal like clean water or curing disease. I’ve seen it with people developing better software to improve small business, founders making better baby bibs to make parents’ life easier and entrepreneurs developing local health food stores. These companies care about their customers – and the solution they offer. Angel investors know that makes a difference. 

5. Education

Dig into well-researched statistics on entrepreneurship and you’ll discover that the vast majority of successful startup founders have college degrees and almost half of them have graduate degrees. 

Sure, some people can’t afford college or some build their businesses first and get college later — so there are those exceptions. But having the degree means you were able to stick to a program for a few years and got through difficult challenges, were able to meet deadlines and delivered work. Also, it ought to mean you know how to distinguish fact from opinion, digest information and communicate ideas.

Like I mentioned, there are special cases but angel investors are playing the odds and are looking for an attractive combination of risk and potential return.  

Related: 7 Ways to Build Rock-Solid Relationships With Your Investors

Article source: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244812

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ORLANDO, Fla. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: CashNLearn, Orlando’s Own “Shark Tank”-like show is calling all local entrepreneurs to its launch kick off on May 15 at the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, Fla. Registration is now open.

If you ask Kissimmee’s Judith Ann Mitchell, MBA CFP(R), the producer of CNL what gets her motivated; it is simple: “Helping small, startup businesses get off the ground.” The successful CFP has run several businesses here in Central Florida for the past 15 years.

After watching the famed “Shark Tank” show, she asked herself: “Can this format work for the small local startup here in our own community?”

She collaborated with a local film director, Marty Jean Louis and studio, Legend Media Productions, to start the project. Her commitment is to help the backbone of all communities; the local entrepreneurial spirit of the lawn caretakers, pool caretakers, house cleaners, car detailers, realtors, dry cleaners, plumbers, electricians, etc. These businesses cannot be done overseas but only in our own backyards. They are the backbone of our communities. They live here, pay taxes here, spend their money here, raise their families here and hire people from here.

So CashNLearn was born! The goal is to offer entrepreneurs the chance to raise cash to start up their companies through three avenues:

Investing Gurus: The panelists on the CashNLearn Show are Local Central Florida equity investors. The entrepreneurs will present their business ideas to these Investing Gurus on the show in hopes of being funded for a percentage of their business at $5,000 to $50,000 levels.

The Angel Program: It is an angel investing, discount membership program. Membership fees collected from subscribers are used to invest in local entrepreneurs who in return give deep discounts on their products and services to the subscribers. Central Florida’s established businesses will also be part of the Angel Program as a $30 a month CNL Angel PROVIDER they will also share in the system’s discounts. Whenever a new company or business signs up as a CNL Angel Provider, all the Angels in the program will be notified via Twitter, Facebook, Text Message or Email allowing them to get that ANGEL PROVIDERS discounts immediately.

CNL Crowdfunding: This is a gift reward level program to help startups get funding. For each of the entrepreneurs elected to be on the show will be on the CNL Crowdfunding site for free. Gift level programs will be at the $5 to $50 levels. These will be items such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars, etc. The entrepreneurs will also be able to offer their product at a huge discount for pledges.

CNL will also provide critical guidance, education and a strong support community of mentors and advisors. The mentoring program will initially assist with consultations to direct and guide each entrepreneur to begin and or expand the enterprise on sound footing to help eliminate many beginning missteps.

Each mentor will offer initial consultation free of charge with all CNL’s elected entrepreneurs to guide them towards success.

Do you have a great idea but do not know where to begin? CashNLearn can help you.

The Launch Party is set for May 15, 2015 at the Artegon Marketplace. It is dedicated to helping local artisans, entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed through its unique venue. It is a perfect match for CashNLearn as it shares the same dedication for the small business owner.

To view the format of the CashNLearn show, go to http://www.cashnlearn.com/ as it is currently presenting the pilot for the CashNLearn show. The first casting call for entrepreneurs to be on the show is set for May 30 at the Artegon. Please register on the website. Future Florida casting calls are scheduled for June 6 in Altamonte Springs and on June 13 in Celebration.

If you are interested in being an Entrepreneur Presenter, Mentor, Investing Guru or Advisor, please email Judith at cnl@cashnlearn.com or call her at 321-402-6121.!

* VIDEO: https://youtu.be/cVSgrXZvbC0

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The average angel investor deal nationwide jumped 60 percent in 2014 to $1.64 million. That’s up from the $1 million average from a year ago and triple the figure reported in 2010.

That’s according to the most recent Halo Report, published by The Angel Resource Institute. Locally, more than $10 million was invested by angels.

The St. Louis Arch Angels, led by Gil Bickel, invested just shy of $10 million in 2014 into 21 St. Louis-based companies, up from the $8.5 million it invested in 25 deals in 2013. Since 2005, the group has invested more than $50 million in 59 companies.

Saint Louis University’s Billiken Angels Network invested in nine companies in 2014, a record for the angel investor group led by Jerome Katz. The group does not disclose how much capital it invested.

Nationwide, angels invested more in Internet and health care-related startup companies. That trend continued in St. Louis, where the Billiken Angels and Arch Angels invested in health care startups such as GeneriCo and Immunophotonics, and Internet-based startups like BusyEvent and Bonfyre.

“Group angel investing in the U.S. had a busy 2014,” said Rob Wiltbank, vice chairman of research for The Angel Resource Institute. “The upward trend has been running generally from 2011 and accelerated in 2014. Valuations increased. Deal sizes increased. Activity increased. As a result, the breadth of group angel investing increased, with investments spread more across sectors and across different regions than in prior years.”

The most active angel groups include Atlanta Technology Angels, Baylor Angel Network, Central Texas Angel Network, Desert Angels, Golden Seeds, Houston Angel Network, Keiretsu Forum, Launchpad Venture Group, Maine Angels, New York Angels, Tech Coast Angels, and Wisconsin Investment Partners.

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Imagine your investments generate both financial returns and measurable social and/or environmental impact. That’s the premise behind “impact investing,” an area that’s quickly gaining traction among angel investors.

It’s not a discrete sector or asset class, but instead is an approach to investing. Right now it’s a $50 billion market, according to Liquidnet Holdings, a global institutional trading network. And it’s growing. J.P. Morgan Global Impact Investing Network, in studies conducted in 2011 through 2014, found that investors are increasingly satisfied with impact investing and plan to invest more money in the future.

The Angel Capital Association (ACA) recently held a webinar on the topic of impact investing featuring Bonnie Moellenbrock, executive director of Investors Circle, H. Kenneth Merritt, Jr., managing director of North Country Angels in Burlington, Vt., and Michael “Luni” Libes, founder and managing director of Fledge – three passionate impact investors.

Moellenbrock notes that angels make impact investments in many areas, including community and economic development, impact software and media, education, energy and energy efficiency, environment and sustainability, global health, sustainable consumer products. Some are also led by women or minorities. These can include well-established national brands like Zipcar and Numi Organic Tea, as well as emerging brands. Last year Investors Circle invested $8.5 million in 32 impact enterprises, up from under $2 million invested in 2008.

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Sometimes impact enterprises are hard to distinguish from organizations with a charitable emphasis. For example, although popular firms like Ben Jerry’s Ice Cream and TOMS shoes may look like impact enterprises, they really aren’t because their business doesn’t depend on the charity they provide. Ben Jerry’s donates a percent of profits to charity and TOMS gives shoes to developing nations. Although generous and worthy, these charitable contributions are choices the companies make.

Conversely, true impact enterprises incorporate their mission into their business model. Zipcar represents a more traditional impact enterprise because its service is imbedded with its mission to help the environment by providing an alternative to car ownership. The key difference is that the mission is an inherent component of the company and a driver of financial growth. If the company isn’t able to stay in business, it won’t generate a positive impact.

Impact investing is certainly appealing, but what should angels consider before engaging in it? Not surprisingly, many of the fundamentals of angel investing are the same. Impact investing just adds more criteria. Look for potential return commensurate with risk, appropriate pre-money valuation, ability to raise subsequent rounds of capital, and the opportunity for liquidity at an appropriate juncture.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/mariannehudson/2015/04/22/impact-investing-how-to-get-a-return-while-doing-good/

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ORLANDO, Fla. /eNewsChannels/ — NEWS: CashNLearn, Orlando’s Own “Shark Tank”-like show is calling all local entrepreneurs to its launch kick off on May 15 at the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, Fla. Registration is now open.

If you ask Kissimmee’s Judith Ann Mitchell, MBA CFP(R), the producer of CNL what gets her motivated; it is simple: “Helping small, startup businesses get off the ground.” The successful CFP has run several businesses here in Central Florida for the past 15 years.

After watching the famed “Shark Tank” show, she asked herself: “Can this format work for the small local startup here in our own community?”

She collaborated with a local film director, Marty Jean Louis and studio, Legend Media Productions, to start the project. Her commitment is to help the backbone of all communities; the local entrepreneurial spirit of the lawn caretakers, pool caretakers, house cleaners, car detailers, realtors, dry cleaners, plumbers, electricians, etc. These businesses cannot be done overseas but only in our own backyards. They are the backbone of our communities. They live here, pay taxes here, spend their money here, raise their families here and hire people from here.

So CashNLearn was born! The goal is to offer entrepreneurs the chance to raise cash to start up their companies through three avenues:

Investing Gurus: The panelists on the CashNLearn Show are Local Central Florida equity investors. The entrepreneurs will present their business ideas to these Investing Gurus on the show in hopes of being funded for a percentage of their business at $5,000 to $50,000 levels.

The Angel Program: It is an angel investing, discount membership program. Membership fees collected from subscribers are used to invest in local entrepreneurs who in return give deep discounts on their products and services to the subscribers. Central Florida’s established businesses will also be part of the Angel Program as a $30 a month CNL Angel PROVIDER they will also share in the system’s discounts. Whenever a new company or business signs up as a CNL Angel Provider, all the Angels in the program will be notified via Twitter, Facebook, Text Message or Email allowing them to get that ANGEL PROVIDERS discounts immediately.

CNL Crowdfunding: This is a gift reward level program to help startups get funding. For each of the entrepreneurs elected to be on the show will be on the CNL Crowdfunding site for free. Gift level programs will be at the $5 to $50 levels. These will be items such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars, etc. The entrepreneurs will also be able to offer their product at a huge discount for pledges.

CNL will also provide critical guidance, education and a strong support community of mentors and advisors. The mentoring program will initially assist with consultations to direct and guide each entrepreneur to begin and or expand the enterprise on sound footing to help eliminate many beginning missteps.

Each mentor will offer initial consultation free of charge with all CNL’s elected entrepreneurs to guide them towards success.

Do you have a great idea but do not know where to begin? CashNLearn can help you.

The Launch Party is set for May 15, 2015 at the Artegon Marketplace. It is dedicated to helping local artisans, entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed through its unique venue. It is a perfect match for CashNLearn as it shares the same dedication for the small business owner.

To view the format of the CashNLearn show, go to http://www.cashnlearn.com/ as it is currently presenting the pilot for the CashNLearn show. The first casting call for entrepreneurs to be on the show is set for May 30 at the Artegon. Please register on the website. Future Florida casting calls are scheduled for June 6 in Altamonte Springs and on June 13 in Celebration.

If you are interested in being an Entrepreneur Presenter, Mentor, Investing Guru or Advisor, please email Judith at cnl@cashnlearn.com or call her at 321-402-6121.!

* VIDEO: https://youtu.be/cVSgrXZvbC0

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ORLANDO, Fla., April 22, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — CashNLearn, Orlando’s Own “Shark Tank”-like show is calling all local entrepreneurs to its launch kick off on May 15 at the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando, Fla.

If you ask Kissimmee’s Judith Ann Mitchell, MBA CFP®, the producer of CNL what gets her motivated; it is simple: “Helping small, startup businesses get off the ground.” The successful CFP has run several businesses here in Central Florida for the past 15 years.

After watching the famed “Shark Tank” show, she asked herself: “Can this format work for the small local startup here in our own community?”

She collaborated with a local film director, Marty Jean Louis and studio, Legend Media Productions, to start the project. Her commitment is to help the backbone of all communities; the local entrepreneurial spirit of the lawn caretakers, pool caretakers, house cleaners, car detailers, realtors, dry cleaners, plumbers, electricians, etc. These businesses cannot be done overseas but only in our own backyards. They are the backbone of our communities. They live here, pay taxes here, spend their money here, raise their families here and hire people from here.

So CashNLearn was born! The goal is to offer entrepreneurs the chance to raise cash to start up their companies through three avenues:

Investing Gurus: The panelists on the CashNLearn Show are Local Central Florida equity investors. The entrepreneurs will present their business ideas to these Investing Gurus on the show in hopes of being funded for a percentage of their business at $5,000 to $50,000 levels.

The Angel Program: It is an angel investing, discount membership program. Membership fees collected from subscribers are used to invest in local entrepreneurs who in return give deep discounts on their products and services to the subscribers. Central Florida’s established businesses will also be part of the Angel Program as a $30 a month CNL Angel PROVIDER they will also share in the system’s discounts. Whenever a new company or business signs up as a CNL Angel Provider, all the Angels in the program will be notified via Twitter, Facebook, Text Message or Email allowing them to get that ANGEL PROVIDERS discounts immediately.

CNL Crowdfunding: This is a gift reward level program to help startups get funding. For each of the entrepreneurs elected to be on the show will be on the CNL Crowdfunding site for free. Gift level programs will be at the $5 to $50 levels. These will be items such as t-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars, etc. The entrepreneurs will also be able to offer their product at a huge discount for pledges.

CNL will also provide critical guidance, education and a strong support community of mentors and advisors. The mentoring program will initially assist with consultations to direct and guide each entrepreneur to begin and or expand the enterprise on sound footing to help eliminate many beginning missteps.

Each mentor will offer initial consultation free of charge with all CNL’s elected entrepreneurs to guide them towards success.

Do you have a great idea but do not know where to begin? CashNLearn can help you.

The Launch Party is set for May 15, 2015 at the Artegon Marketplace. It is dedicated to helping local artisans, entrepreneurs and small business owners succeed through its unique venue. It is a perfect match for CashNLearn as it shares the same dedication for the small business owner.

To view the format of the CashNLearn show, go to http://www.cashnlearn.com/ as it is currently presenting the pilot for the CashNLearn show. The first casting call for entrepreneurs to be on the show is set for May 30 at the Artegon. Please register on the website. Future Florida casting calls are scheduled for June 6 in Altamonte Springs and on June 13 in Celebration.

If you are interested in being an Entrepreneur Presenter, Mentor, Investing Guru or Advisor, please email Judith at cnl@cashnlearn.com or call her at 321-402-6121.

Registration is now open!

* VIDEO: https://youtu.be/cVSgrXZvbC0.

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By Alicia Robb, Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

I recently returned from the Angel Capital Association’s annual summit in San Diego. In addition to a pre-conference workshop on angel investing that targeted women, there was a special networking reception and dinner for women one evening during the conference, as well as a session on increasing women’s participation in angel investing.

It was a big change, being surrounded by women at an investing event. Females have historically made up less than 15% of the angel investors in the United States. The University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research estimated that women angels represented 19.4% of the angel market in 2014, which was a significant increase from the 12.2% number from just two years prior. Women-owned ventures accounted for 23% of the entrepreneurs that were seeking angel capital and 19% of those entrepreneurs that received angel investment in 2013.

Having more women on the funding side matters. The University of New Hampshire’s Jeffrey Sohl and Laura Hill conducted a fairly extensive survey of angel groups in the United States. They designated those groups with women representing at least 25% of their membership as “women-dominated.”  They found that more than 30% of the firms presented for consideration in the women-dominated groups were owned by women compared to an average of 12% to 13% for male-dominated angel investor groups. Thus, as one would anticipate, angel groups with a higher representation of women tend to attract and consider a higher percentage of women-owned firms. Similarly, Sohl and Hill found that women-dominated angel investor groups devoted a higher percentage of their investments to women-owned firms (13.3% vs. 6.6%) for 2003.

I returned home to Boulder, Colorado full of ideas on how to leverage the energy and excitement of the event and not lose the momentum that activities generated. The next morning, I headed over early to the Rockies Venture Club monthly investor meeting for a pitch practice session by one of the entrepreneurs in the first MergeLane cohort, an accelerator program for women entrepreneurs, which would be having its demo day soon. I asked Rockies Venture Club staff to hear her pitch, and they gave her excellent feedback that benefitted her immensely. As the men trickled in to the meeting around the scheduled start time, I muffled a sigh of disappointment as I again realized I was the only woman in the room.

Later that day on a hike with Elizabeth Kraus, I expressed my frustrations about the lack of women present. Elizabeth is a Boulder entrepreneur and angel investor and cofounder of the Impact Angel Group, an angel investment group equally dedicated to making a difference and realizing a return. Prior to founding the Impact Angel Group, Kraus ran her own startups and spent a lot of her time convincing smart people that investing for social and environmental impact wasn’t just “feel good” investing, but was “real” investing. She has been very active in state and national efforts to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem and mobilize angel investors. She recently moved the angel group under the wings of the San Francisco-based Investor Circle so that she could focus on her most recent startup, MergeLane, the accelerator focused on female entrepreneurs with high-growth potential that I mentioned before.

When I asked Elizabeth how she thought we could get more women on the investing side, and she had these ideas:

1)      On a macro level, the biggest impact for getting more women on the investing side is to create more women entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are more likely to invest in other entrepreneurs, and the risk profiles of entrepreneurs match well to investing.

Article source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kauffman/2015/04/21/women-the-next-wave-of-angel-investors/

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Since selling his own successful business in 1995, Nelson has been a key player in the development of the business angel community in Scotland, and in helping the LINC model achieve widespread international recognition and adoption.

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion is for individuals who have played an important role in promoting enterprise skills and supporting entrepreneurs.  As an active business angel, Nelson has directly provided numerous start-up and early stage entrepreneurs with funding, support and mentoring.  

While there is a certain aura of mystery surrounding business angels, who are largely invisible, Nelson says he is thrilled to receive such an important and prestigious award.

“People like myself become business angels because we want to invest our capital and knowledge into local businesses with the potential to make a significant economic difference.  Seventeen years ago my wife and I invested in a Borders company which has grown into one of the largest employers in the area. 

“I feel that we’ve put something back into Scotland, particularly for young people, it’s not just a financial payback but a social one.  I am a ‘hands-on’ investor and like to help businesses as well as providing money and if we can have fun along the way, even better.”

Speaking on behalf of Scotland’s angel community, David Grahame the Executive Director of LINC Scotland says everyone involved in angel investing is hugely pleased to see Nelson’s contribution recognised with a Queen’s Award.  “Over the years Nelson has been a superb champion for the angel community in this country and his activities overseas both for LINC Scotland and as a GlobalScot have helped angel groups around the world set up networks based on the Scottish model. 

Article source: http://www.bqlive.co.uk/2015/04/21/scotlands-nelson-gray-celebrates-queens-award/

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