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We invest seed and scale-up early-stage venture capital into innovative UK businesses led by talented founders

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Who we are

We are a national firm of seed and early-stage venture capital investment specialists focusing on regional UK growth businesses. We invest in technology and tech-led scale-up businesses with talented founders, a defensible position and evidence of product-market fit.

Our typical investment is for £300,000 to over £1 million and is EIS or SEIS qualifying. Investments are funded by the Dow Schofield Watts team, our network of high-net-worth individuals, family offices and institutional investors.

There are no sign up or ongoing fees for investors in DSW Angels.

Our team of highly-experienced investors are passionate about providing UK regional entrepreneurial talent with the right funding and the right people to enable them to flourish. We go beyond being just ‘the money’ and add genuine value to our investments.

We invest in entrepreneurs like…

Kasia and Joe Bromley

Founders of ACAI 

Keith and David’s vast experience and knowledge was evident throughout the process - they had our best interests at focus while also securing a good deal for their investorsWe highly recommend DSW Angels - they will greatly enhance your business."

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Kevin Jones

Founder of Shopblocks 

The DSW Angels team has introduced us to a great network of business angels, senior executives and two major channel partners - adding significant scale and capability to our business.” 

Peter Jones

Founder of Avanite 

DSW Angels has been an invaluable source of business expertise since our first meeting – providing considered and analytical advice. I would not hesitate in recommending DSW Angels as an expert investor with a good eye for detail and very personable approach. 

Peter Jones

Eugene Estopal

Co-founder of Poptop 

DSW Angels was professional and supportive through the fundraising process and beyond: very diligent, well organised, always there to give a piece of advice and guide when required.

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In numbers

from £0.3m to
£m

Typical investment

Network of investors

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Female & non-UK national co-founders

Group investment & advisory professionals

Value-added early-stage venture capital

We back founder teams to scale-up early-stage companies. Our primary focus is on software, digital and other technology businesses; but we will invest in businesses in other sectors with a scalable model, protectable market positions and talented founders.

Having established commercial proof with early adopters, our investments provide entrepreneurs with the capital to fund expansion in management and team capability, working capital, geographical footprint and development of technology.

The DSW Angels team is supported in assessing and validating investment opportunities by our Investment Committee, a group of highly experienced UK technology entrepreneurs, investors and senior executives. Together with our network of over 100 Investors, this gives our founders unrivalled access to a huge pool of contacts, capability and experience across a multitude of markets.

Our investor network is open to High-Net-Worth individuals and Family Offices looking to commit a minimum of £3,000 per EIS or SEIS qualifying transaction.

There are no sign-up or membership fees for individual investors on our network. Investors are not obliged to invest in our transactions. 

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Our news & insights

Shopblocks l-r Stewart Reynolds, Kevin Jones, Jake Reynolds

Shopblocks targets global growth with £500k investment

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DSW Angels expands its team to support national expansion

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Events booking platform is first to offer ‘instant’ service

Poptop, the Newcastle company which operates the UK’s leading events ...
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New marketing boss set to drive growth at Poptop

DSW Angels portfolio business Poptop, the Newcastle-based company which is the ...
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Outdoor brand raises £350k in fourth deal by DSW Angels

A fast-growing Cheshire clothing brand with a mission to become ...
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British Business Investments commits £10m to Dow Schofield Watts Angels

British Business Investments commits £10m to Dow Schofield Watts Angels ...
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DSW Angels Shortlisted for UKBAA Best New Entrant to the EcoSystem

We’re delighted to announce that the DSW Angels have been ...
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The cap needs to fit: how and why to balance the cap table between founders and investors

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