Simon Thorpe is a qualified Chartered Accountant with 25 years of city experience and 10 years of Angel Investing. He has worked in equity research, sales and capital markets with major institutional investors and corporates across all sectors.
He is a Director to Rockspring Nominees Ltd, a Non-Executive Director to Inngot; that provide online tools for businesses & entrepreneurs to identify, value and promote their IP and Director to UB.io; that enable direct transactions for price comparison and metasearch. He has been recently appointed as a Non-Executive Director to the University of Manchester Innovation Factory; that commercialise the University's innovations and IP to create positive global, social and economic impact. Simon is a Board Observer to Eagle Genomics; an enterprise software solutions company and techspert.io that aims to facilitate access to world-leading technical, scientific and commercial expertise.
He is an active angel investor in UK companies with a focus on the technology sector. His current portfolio consists of close to thirty companies, to date he has achieved six exits. He is known for supporting the digital economy and female founded businesses (having backed ten female founders).
He is a member and the current Chair of Cambridge Angels, in addition to being a member of Cambridge Capital Group (CCG) and Angel Academe (a predominately female network). Simon participates as a mentor for the University of Manchester, CJBS's Accelerate Cambridge programme and Angel Academe's female entrepreneur programme. He is also part of the Manchester Tech Trust.
He is an active promoter of the digital economy. “The digital revolution is the new industrial revolution”.
Simon is a keen sports/outdoor enthusiast and a self-professed electric/petrol head which features regularly in his travels with his wife and four children. When not in four wheels you will find him on two as a keen cyclist; having completed several charity rides in the UK and abroad.