Angels’ Den 

Want to win £10,000 of business support to fuel your business idea?

Then apply to be one of the finalists in the Angel’s Den.

Proudly sponsored by Anglia Capital, Grant Thornton and Mills & Reeve the Angel’s Den provides you the opportunity to pitch your business idea, whether it be an idea you have always had, a start-up, expansion or desire to start exporting;  you could be one of three finalists selected to receive specialist advice and coaching from Grant Thornton to pitch in the Angel’s Den to a panel of business Angel’s.

First prize will be £10,000 of business support to help turn your idea into reality.

Want to be part of it? Apply now….

The deadline for applications is 13th September 2018.

Click here to download the NEF Angels Den application form



                                                          Angels include:

David Milner

David Milner has had a stellar career building brands in the food and drink sector. He has held senior positions in Mars, Young’s Seafood and Campbell and Baxter’s Food Group but is probably best known for the outstanding success he achieved at Tyrrells, the premium crisp and snack brand where he achieved an annual compound growth of 27%. Joining as CEO in March 2010, at the time when the brand went out of family ownership into private equity and was valued at £30m. The driving force behind Tyrrells’ global expansion, David led the brand’s first international acquisition in 2015 – Yara Valley Snack Foods (Australia) – and the acquisition of Aroma Snacks GmbH (Germany) in 2016. Tyrrells is now sold in 37 markets. During the six years he was at the helm he steered the brand through two more sale processes before leaving when it was acquired by a US publicly-quoted snack brand in a deal worth £300m. He is currently Non-Executive Director of Lily’s Kitchen, the fastest growing premium range of pet food.

Will Garnett

Will Garnett has over thirty years’ experience as an investment manager, managing a variety of funds at Janus Henderson (previously Henderson Global Investors) where he was Head of Pan Asian Equities. In a private capacity, he has been involved in numerous early stage investments across a variety of industries. He is involved in several conservation projects including The Kingfisher Bridge Nature Reserve, as Chair of Trustees, and The Mill River Nature Reserve.

Saffron Myhill-Hunt

Saffron is Innovation Funding Manager at UEA and has worked on the Low Carbon Innovation Fund since 2012.  During this time she developed the LCIF Smaller Investments Scheme which invests amounts of £25k – £75k in East of England businesses. Prior to LCIF, Saffron has founded and managed SME businesses, particularly in the carbon reduction, manufacturing, installation and energy service sectors.

Saffron will talk about how to make your business ready and attractive for investors to want to get involved with and the new Investment Readiness programme ‘Invest East’ as well as how to apply for the Low Carbon Innovation Fund.

Miranda Richards

Miranda has 30 years investment experience, as an economist, strategist, fund manager, and client adviser. She recently returned to the City after an extended career break, joining UBS as part of the Career Comeback programme. During her career break, Miranda advised a number of small businesses in sectors as diverse as finance, retail and property on all aspects of growth and development. She is an experienced charity trustee, undertaking a number of investment committee and trustee roles during her career break. She is currently a member of the investment committee of a Cambridge College, and is a trustee of the Greycoat Hospital Foundation, an educational charity in London.