Cornel is a deep tech VC with extensive angel investment experience and an entrepreneurship background. He is the founding partner of 2050 Capital, a London-based deep tech and science VC backing early-stage ventures since 2015. Cornel invests $500k checks at seed and up to $3m in Series A, and backs 2-4 deals per year. A number of his earlier investments advanced to the pre-IPO stage and exited. Cornel is a hands-on high-conviction investor who actively contributes to the success of his portfolio companies, serving on multiple boards and advisory committees. Cornel also heads the Chicago Booth Angels London chapter, where he has been instrumental in expanding the reach of this investment group globally. He is also actively involved in various University of Chicago venture initiatives.
Managing Director, UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA)
Roderick’s career spans over 17 years of managing, founding and growing angel groups and investment platforms, collectively deploying over £100m of equity investment in more than 500 startup and scaleup businesses. He started at Beer & Partners, the first and largest angel group in the UK which later sold to Risk Capital Partners, he later helped form and grow a successful corporate finance firm, as their COO.
He is now the Managing Director of the UK Business Angels Association, the trade body for angel and early-stage investing, representing 220 organisations including over 100 Angel Groups that collectively deploy over £2bn p.a. in innovative, high-growth businesses.