Angel investing alongside VCs while driving more wealth to more diverse founders

Sie
3 min readJun 2, 2023

150+ angels in the Sie Syndicate Angel Network are actively co-investing in Europe’s most promising female-led startups.

Sie Ventures was launched in 2021 with the mission to drive more capital into the hands of female founders. After delivering the Sie Catalyst Program and working with many exceptional female CEOs, we realised we can also open these opportunities to angel investors who want to diversify their pipeline and access strong venture-backed deals.

Since starting our company, we have run three notably successful Catalyst Programs, built a strong founder community and supported our companies to raise over £70m in capital. We have launched the Sie Raise Summit, run a series of value add sessions for investors and founders and brought the founder and investor ecosystem together to level the funding playing field.

Over the past year, we have invested into seven exceptional female-led teams, welcomed over 150+ angel investors to the Sie Syndicate and co-invested alongside top-tier VCs across Europe, growing the syndicate all through word-of-mouth. We’ve also partnered with a legal firm — Marriott Harrison — to support us with our legal considerations.

If you wish to join an inclusive community who is sent a vetted, VC-backed deal a month join us here. You will have the decision-making power on each deal, but also have all the support you need to learn how to select which deals to invest into.

Profit + Purpose Investing

We are at the inflection point where women are building the most impactful business across many underserved markets for communities that are in dire need of updated, innovative solutions. In the Sie Syndicate portfolio, out of the three fintechs we have invested in, all of them are improving our world for the next generation — whether it be creating an offering for blue collar workers, or helping more women build their wealth or banking the underbanked.

We don’t need more companies building a faster delivery service, we need to back companies solving real world problems. Investing in purposeful businesses shouldn’t be at the sacrifice of profitable returns and women are often building businesses across both bases.

Sie Investments in Review

  • 7 investments
  • Average round size £2.5m
  • 57% seed and 43% pre-seed
  • 4 UK companies and 3 Rest of Europe
  • 3 FinTech, 1 Future of Work, 2 Healthcare
  • 75%+ female angel investors in each SPV

In the past year we have invested into 7 companies across the UK, France, Germany and Estonia. In the year ahead we would love to continue in this direction, backing more exceptional women building businesses solving real world problems, while expanding the Sie Syndicate footprint further across Europe.

Who is in the Sie Angel Network?

We believe the best decisions are made among a diverse group of people and we often vet the opportunities with our experienced angel network. From exited founders to operators in growth startups and C-suite executives, our network brings in-depth value to the founders.

What’s Next for the Sie Syndicate

We will be hosting quarterly investor events for our accredited investors to allow our angels to meet other interesting and aligned investors, running an introduction to angel investing course in the Autumn of 2023 and continue to meet exciting founders of interesting companies.

We aim to invest in 10 startups each year and create an environment where exceptional female founders can connect with aligned investors and have the Sie community behind them.

If you want to find out more, sign-up here and we will set-up a call to share how we operate and get to know your investment preferences*.

*Please note, we only work with accredited investors, if you want to check your status, please read through the requirements here.

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