Our History

Apollo is an angel syndicate based in Edinburgh. Founded in 2013, our mission is to provide seed investment to new startups based in Scotland and to provide exciting investment opportunities for our members. We operate on a volunteer basis, with local business leaders giving their time to prepare companies for investment. We invest in companies on a one-off basis, and seek to provide early stage financing which is critical to getting off the ground whilst building a diverse portfolio for our members. We are passionate about growing young businesses, and we continue to develop our partnerships with larger scale investment firms across the UK to enable onward funding where required. We believe our model provides a great ‘light touch’ model for investors wanting to try something new and a great opportunity for local entrepreneurs.

Apollo Board
Alexander Quayle

Alex is a technology specialist within BP’s Group Technology division, where he is responsible for deployment of new technologies in the production system. Since moving to Scotland, he has worked with local companies to develop their innovation pipeline. Alex holds a degree in Engineering Science and a PhD in Aerospace and Acoustic Sensing. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Graham Reid

Highly respected Finance Director with a strong track record and extensive executive experience including 18 years on the board of a major UK home builder in addition to senior finance roles in the travel and distribution sectors. Expertise in private equity ownership, debt financing, rapid growth management and transformational IT projects.

Michiel Smith 
Monica Langa

Michiel is an experienced Non-Executive Director and informal investor. He is the Gatekeeper of Apollo Informal Investments and currently a Non-Executive Director with several different start ups.

He was born in the Netherlands where he obtained a master's degree in Financial Business Economics and a post-graduate master in Financial Analysis. After completing his studies, he worked as an Equity Analyst, covering the retail, leisure and transport sectors. He was also responsible for setting up the Socially Responsible Investment methodology within the Rabo Bank Group.

Monica’s career has spanned 27 years in senior management and leadership roles.  She was a senior HR professional in a number of blue-chip companies before retraining and becoming an Investment Analyst and Investment Director (specialising in analysing technology, engineering and biotech companies and managing charity trust investment portfolios). Monica holds an MSc in Investment Analysis as well as being a qualified banker and is an examiner for the Institute of Director’s Chartered Director Qualification and for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. With 15 years of board-level experience as both an executive director and a Trustee of three Charities as well as direct experience in starting a company and raising equity and debt finance, Monica is an experienced Head-Hunter with a focus on Non-executive Board appointments, mainly in the financial sector.

John Michael Hall

John is an active business angel and consultant who provides strategic and governance advice to a range of clients through his consultancy vehicle, IROS Consulting, as well as acting in executive and non executive capacities on a number of Boards. Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Andersen's and as a licensed insolvency practitioner, he built Invocas Group to become the leading independent insolvency business in Scotland, culminating in a successful AIM float in March 2006. He has been an active business angel for more than a decade and has extensive experience in executive and non executive positions across a range of sectors. He is currently Executive Chairman of Pod Global Solutions Limited and holds Board positions at angel syndicate, Apollo Informal Investments Limited and Mishn Limited, a start up technology business which provides a platform for health clinicians to engage with and coach patients over the internet. He is also involved in an advisory capacity in a number of projects including Elvingston Development Limited (property) and Eden Cooper (publishing). 

Specialties: The provision of strategic commercial advice to SMEs, the provision of corporate governance via NED positions, hands on implementation and delivery of business strategy, business restructuring and turnaround solutions.

Our Members

The group is made up of members from various backgrounds and specialising in various disciplines however all have experience in various aspects of starting, running or exiting from businesses. The group does not just look to help through financial investment but also with practical advice and help.

Jeremy Fraser
Nigel Douglas

Financial services lawyer, currently with Sainsbury's Bank.

Entrepreneur and founder of multiple companies, three of which were taken exit.  Sector experience; IT, space, clean-tech, sustainability, carbon, travel & events, sports, education, engineering, drones, forestry, and agriculture.

Fraser Niven
James Trentham

A resourceful, enthusiastic, highly motivated and insightful Chief Executive, a qualified CA, with the backdrop of highly honed skills in driving strategic change through, vision, objective setting and performance management, with overall motivation to deliver exceptional financial performance. 

James spent 13 years as a corporate solicitor in the City, specialising in public and private M&A and equity capital markets work. Since returning to Scotland in 2011 James has run and grown Office Space Scotland, an independent serviced office provider, based in Edinburgh

Matt Little

Matt is a technology leader with over 20 year’s experience of senior roles in a wide range of technology sectors including cyber security, financial services, government and media.
Matt’s current role is Vice President of Engineering at the US Cyber Security firm, Fortinet. Prior to that, he was CTO at ZoneFox – an Edinburgh-based cyber security startup.
He has been through three exits, including co-leading the acquisition of ZoneFox by the US Cyber Security firm Fortinet in 2018. During his time at ZoneFox, Matt was involved in raising over £4 million of funding (from Angel investment groups and Government bodies).
Matt is now an angel investor and is always looking for small to micro-sized startups for his investment portfolio.
Matt works closely with founders and senior teams to help them understand both the market
potential for their idea, and how a clear technology and product focus can help them achieve their

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