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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 multidisciplinary engineer and specialises in getting new technology into commercial operation, a role he has held with BP for 10 years. He holds a degree in Engineering Science (Oxford) and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering (Cambridge). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and has been a Director of Apollo since 2015

Graham Reid

Graham is a qualified accountant and former Finance Director with extensive executive experience in private equity ownership, debt financing, rapid growth management and transformational IT projects.

Andrew Coleman

Andrew is an investor and advisor in new science and technology ventures, applying thirty years’ experience in IT, business development, strategy and partnerships. His most recent venture was sold to Capita plc in 2015.


Michiel Smith 

Michiel is an experienced Non-Executive Director and informal investor. 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. 

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John Michael Hall

John is a Chartered Accountant and licensed Insolvency Practitioner who built, floated and Chaired a listed plc. He has extensive Chair and NED experience across a variety of sectors and has been an active Angel for more than a decade.

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.

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