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Team | Endeavour Ventures

EIS Investments for Sophisticated Investors

Our Team

We share a passion for working with entrepreneurial teams in fast-growing businesses. We have almost 100 years’ specialist venture capital experience between us, drawn from all areas of the unquoted investment sector.

Bill Cunningham - Co-Founder & CEO

Bill has worked in tax efficient investing since 1999 initially managing VCTs and subsequently exclusively using EIS tax breaks. As a co-Founder of Endeavour Ventures, and now CEO, he has raised and placed over £150 million directly into quoted and unquoted EIS Qualifying growth companies, which has resulted in its successful 12 year track record. Alongside selecting and structuring deals, Bill is also an active portfolio company director holding non-executive board positions with portfolio companies Gazeal Ltd, R5FX Ltd, The Grays Group Ltd., and Omeira Studio Partners Ltd. He sits on the
board of a venture debt vehicle, Float Capital Ltd. Past investments include the www.JustGiving.com platform, Sit-Up TV – later successfully sold to Telewest, and Blue Prism Group plc. He graduated from Edinburgh University with an MA (Hons), is an FCA Registered Representative, and has completed BVCA and LBS training courses.

Dr Richard Hargreaves - Co-Founder

Richard co-founded Endeavour Ventures in 2005 and has been investing and advising smaller companies for over 30 years. He began his career at 3i plc where he spent ten years before starting Baronsmead and launched one of the first VCTs – Baronsmead VCT. He sold this to Friends Ivory & Sime plc in 1995 (later ISIS Equity Partners). Richard served as chairman of the British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (BVCA) and has significant experience as a non-executive director in both public and private company boards. His last book, How To Become A Business Angel encapsulates his experience of angel investing in smaller growth companies. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and has an MSc and PhD from Imperial College, London and is a confident French speaker.

Magnus Macintyre - Chairman

Magnus is a serial entrepreneur and a serial investor in fast-growing companies. He has a broad and deep knowledge of business, having run a publishing company, an early dotcom, New Statesman magazine, a film and TV company and a renewable energy business. He founded and still runs a marketing and strategy consultancy. He brings an entrepreneurial perspective to the Endeavour team and draws on his experience of operations, marketing and team-building to aid our investment process. He has invested through Endeavour Ventures since 2008, before gradually taking a more active role in the company. Magnus has a degree in Modern History from Jesus College, Cambridge, and is a published novelist.

Robert Jeens - Advisory Board Member

Robert is an experienced growth company investor who has invested in Endeavour deals since 2005, successfully exiting on several occasions. He is a Non-Executive of the Chrysalis VCT, and is currently Chairman of Allianz Technology Trust plc, Remote Media Group Ltd., and a non-executive director of JPMorgan Russian Securities plc. Previous appointments include acting as chairman of nCipher plc and as a nonexecutive director of Henderson Group plc, TR European Growth Trust PLC and Dialight plc. During his executive career he was a partner in Touche Ross & Co (now Deloitte) and subsequently finance director of Kleinwort Benson Group plc and Woolwich plc. Rob was an investor in Prot-x which became SagePay, and in Blue Prism Group Plc.

Al Chetwode - Advisory Board Member

Al has spent his entire career working in early and mid stage software and tech
companies. He is an experienced software company CEO with a proven track
record of investing in and growing technology businesses. His particular strength is identifying the missing pieces of the jigsaw required to take software businesses through the stages of growth and, ultimately, positioning them for sale. Al was a founder-director of Rave Technologies, which was subsequently sold to its largest client in 2002. Since then he has bought out and/or invested in and successfully exited three further software companies in a variety of diverse verticals. Al has a BSc Hons. in Computer Science from Exeter

Mark Brownridge - Advisory Board Member

Mark boasts over two decades of experience in Financial services, and is now Director-General of the EIS Association. Before this he was Head of Research and Development at Mazars, a leading UK financial planning firm. Mark is highly qualified being a Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and previously sat on the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments Accredited firms committee and TISA’s Distribution Policy Council. 

Ashley Warden - Investment Director

Ashley is a finance-based leadership figure with direct experience of managing private equity backed businesses. He has operated variously at the level of MD or CFO with several enterprises, and has been involved in fintech and software start-ups, turnaround situations (as well as improving performance within established concerns) and enterprise acquisitions and sales. He maintains a portfolio of FD roles in technology businesses and is an advisor to a Corporate Finance House in London. He has been an investor in a private capacity and through Endeavour Ventures for over 10 years. Ashley sat on the selection panel on behalf of Microsoft for potential applicants to their Accelerator Program. He continues with the relationship assisting businesses contemplating the opportunity.

Peter Kirby - Finance Director

After graduating from Queens’ College, Cambridge Peter joined Shell. He worked for other multinational organisations including a period in the USA for Consolidated Gold Fields in IT and troubleshooting. He has also worked as a manager for Deloitte Haskins and Sells and a major Lloyds Reinsurance broker. He moved his attention to working and supporting growing smaller cap companies and has many years experience managing support functions in a consultancy role. He oversees financial control, administration, regulation and the compliance function at Endeavour.

Alex Ainley - Investment Manager

Alex has worked in an FCA regulated environment for 12 years, having started his career as a derivatives trader. At Endeavour, he coordinates funding rounds, raises funds, and manages client relations. Alex also conducts a large amount of due diligence on our investments. Before he worked in venture capital, Alex founded and ran M&P Partners, a systematic trading firm. He is a board advisor to R5FX Ltd. and Microshare Inc.

Alexander Nicholson - Investment Manager

Alex has worked in venture capital since 2013 (initially at Sustainable Ventures). From 2015 to 2018 he supported and then led the finance functions of two technology companies, verv.energy and autotrip.com, cumulatively raising more than £10m in new investment. Alex has direct experience in the commercialisation of data-intensive platform technologies (and associated AI), and secured FTSE 100 pilot partners and strategic industry NEDs for investee companies. In 2018 Alex won Vodafone’s global disruptive startup competition in Luxembourg securing a €150k cash prize from Cisco Systems. He is a graduate of the University of St Andrews and Cambridge Judge Business School.

Brendan Cluff - Associate

Brendan has more than ten years of experience as a financial advisor, working with both High Net Worth Investors (HNWs) and corporates.He joined Endeavour in 2010 where he has played a key role in investing in and supporting a wide number of unquoted companies.  Prior to working with Endeavour, he was the Director of Earlmont Strategic, a financial planning company that grew out of Brendan’s successful city-based HNW tax advisory service, formed in 2008. He has a degree in Commerce and Asian studies from the Australian National University and speaks Japanese.

Mark Bunting - Associate

After Durham University, Mark started his career with Lloyds Bank International in Paris and has been a private client fund manager with Greig Middleton, Cazenove Capital Management, and the Dalton Strategic Partnership. Over the past six years Mark has been raising money for and advising small business owners, with particular emphasis on the technology sector. With more than three decades of extensive experience of business planning, financial modelling, and management information systems, Mark has assisted in helping many small businesses achieve their potential and served as an Angel Investor himself.

Tessa Laws - Legal Adviser

Tessa Laws is a qualified lawyer with seventeen years’ City legal experience working on flotations, investments and mergers in London, the UK and abroad. She provides hands-on commercial advice and guidance to a wide range of clients. She has been a shareholder and adviser to Endeavour Ventures since its formation. She has a vast range of experience and recent focused areas have included, renewable energy and media; advising management teams on share sales and acquisitions, public companies on their mergers, investment vehicles on their investments and individuals on their business structure. A longstanding proponent of renewable energy, Tessa has assisted companies in the wind energy, solar and waste and she helped in creating the New Energy Awards in 2007. Tessa owns Franklin Rae PR, a TV PR provider.

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