Guardian angels of business

Fourth year International Relations Student & Co-Founder of the University of St Andrews Alumni Angel Network (UStAAAN), Matthew Leonard, gives an overview of UStAAAN and its upcoming launch event in New York City. Matthew has recently been named among the 40 Under 40 by ‘Scottish Business Network News’.

Based in New York City, UStAAAN, the New York Chapter, is a group of St Andrews alumni, faculty, students, and the US community at large. We are working to create a sustainable network that will serve as a foundation to connect angel investing, entrepreneurship, and St Andrews. To this end we connect angel investors and advisors with innovative start-ups seeking capital and other support.


The St Andrews community has exampled a diverse range of entrepreneurial activity across the globe. Edinburgh based husband and wife duo, Lesley and Nigel Eccles Co-Founded Fantasy Sports giant, Fanduel. London based, Damian Kimmelman, Co-Founded Due Dil and was named International Entrepreneur of Year at the inaugural Tech City News Hall of Fame awards in June 2014. Whereas, San Francisco based, Japser Platz is a founder with fintech start up Tally, which closed a $15mn series A round in May 2016, led by Sasha Ventures.

St Andrews also offers a rich collection of innovative spin out companies. One such example, Xelect Ltd, provides specialist genetics support to the aquaculture industry and is led by world renowned Professor Ian Johnston. In March of this year Xelect closed a £170k seed round, led by EOS Technology Investment Syndicate. EOS itself was founded by serial entrepreneur and St Andrews alumnus Kevin Grainger which compounds the enterprising caliber of the University and its wider community.

UStAAAN endeavors to foster this entrepreneurial culture by connecting such like-minded individuals and providing the necessary infrastructure to allow alumni, students and faculty to grow their early stage ventures through access to capital investment and mentorship.


At events, alumni will have the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs and investors whilst also engaging with exciting early stage ventures from the St Andrews community.


New York Angels founder David Rose

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 will see UStAAAN launch in New York City. For the event, UStAAAN has partnered with Tiger 21, the world’s premier peer-to-peer learning network for high net worth investors, whose 440 members’ collectively manage in excess of $40 billion in personal assets.

The launch will be hosted in Tiger 21’s Manhattan Townhouse on the Upper East Side and guests will have the opportunity to enjoy a key note speech delivered by David Rose. David is the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of the New York Angels, Founder and CEO of Gust, and the New York Times bestselling author of both Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups and The Startup Checklist: 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business. Attendees will also be able to enjoy single malt scotch, wine, and hors d’oeuvres.


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