The Know-how Enterprise Investments group on the Improvement Financial institution of Wales is increasing, because the Improvement Financial institution of Wales seeks to additional help Welsh expertise companies.
Helen Kuhlman joins the Improvement Financial institution as a senior funding govt. Alex Leigh is promoted to a senior funding govt and David Blake is promoted from an assistant funding govt to an funding govt.
Dr Helen Kuhlman holds a BSc in Biomedical Science and a PhD in Cell Physiology and Pharmacology. Earlier than becoming a member of the expertise group on the Improvement Financial institution, Helen held roles in each personal sector and authorities organisations. She has been concerned within the improvement of floor breaking medicines in addition to some profitable business exits. Helen was liable for organising the Biomedical Catalyst, a Know-how Technique Board/ InnovateUK scheme in partnership with the Medical Analysis Council. This delivered £180 million to analysis and improvement intensive healthcare companies and researchers all through the UK. Her function previous to becoming a member of the Improvement Financial institution was VP Company Improvement of an Oxford based mostly biotech growing therapeutics for central nervous system problems.
Helen stated: “It’s a pleasure to be becoming a member of such a dynamic group targeted on worth creation from progressive applied sciences. My profession began off on the laboratory bench and moved onto administration and funding so I perceive the challenges confronted by administration groups in rising their firms and taking them by to a profitable exit. I’m excited to work in partnership with like-minded entrepreneurs.”
Alex Leigh holds an honours engineering diploma in Mechatronics from Stellenbosch College and MBA from the College of Cape City and London Enterprise College. He joined the Improvement Financial institution of Wales in 2018 and has been instrumental in securing quite a lot of early-stage and seed offers for the organisation. Notably working with award-winning SaaS firms like BookingLive and OpenGenius.
David Blake is an MSc Computing graduate from Cardiff College and is a completely certified member and fellow of the Affiliation of Licensed Chartered Accountants. He has beforehand developed a block-chain based mostly utility in addition to began a software program as a service (SaaS) accountancy reporting enterprise.
Know-how Funding Director, Simon Thelwall-Jones stated: “Since becoming a member of the Improvement Financial institution myself in 2019, my focus has been to proceed the work of my predecessor in supporting the expansion of increasingly expertise companies throughout the entire of Wales, constructing on current clusters and inspiring extra. The group works in the direction of this aim with each funding they full. There’s a clear and current demand for extra help for Welsh expertise entrepreneurs. With the growth of our group we’re right here to help that starvation for innovation with fairness finance.
“I’m delighted to welcome Helen along with her wealth of healthcare and funding data. I’m additionally happy to advertise Alex and David, who’ve each labored tirelessly to assist Welsh tech firms since becoming a member of our group. These promotions are a part of the Improvement Financial institution of Wales’ ongoing dedication to career-building inside the organisation. Alex, David and Helen are gifted funding professionals and I sit up for seeing them help extra Welsh expertise companies over the approaching years.”
To seek out out extra about finance for expertise companies please go to: https://developmentbank.wales/get-business-finance/finance-tech-ventures
When you’re serious about making use of to affix the Know-how Enterprise Investments group please go to: https://developmentbank.wales/about-us/careers