Why We Exist
As alumni of some of London's great day schools we have an opportunity, some might say duty, to foster the next generation of diverse and talented entrepreneurs.
With time, we hope that a cohort of thriving CAN-backed businesses will contribute to deepening skills and prosperity, spiralling out from where we all started out in West London.
Our goal is to build a virtuous flow of new capital between alumni, founders and schools to fuel innovation, business growth and widen access to transformational education.
Our founding angel alumni schools are the independent St Paul's and St Paul's Girls' schools and the state-funded Hammersmith Academy.
Our 'angels' in turn pledge to donate up to 20% of their investment proceeds to supporting the founding missions of the participating schools.
CAN would like to help the schools go beyond their targets towards fully ‘needs-blind’ provision. In addition we would like to see entrance processes evolve that are fully inclusive to talent and neither cost prohibitive nor negatively self-selecting through the arms race of private tutoring.
Find out more about these schools and their missions below:
What We Do
We welcome and curate business opportunities from relevant founders and present them to CAN angels for investment as part of seed, early-stage or growth capital.
Our 'angels' in turn pledge to donate up to 20% of their investment proceeds to supporting the founding missions of the participating schools, through creating bursaries and opportunities for children regardless of their background.
We also create fun and approachable networking settings for alumni of all partner schools to cross paths and collaborate.
Meet the Founding Committee
Entrepreneur passionate about society, climate and disruptive tech. Post Metail, I’m an investor, mentor, cofounder, board director and progressive policy driver.
I founded, grew and sold London restaurant company Salt Yard Group. I now coach growth-stage entrepreneurs and mediate founder and exec team disputes. I am an active angel investor.
I am Co-Founder at Pharmacierge. The free e-Prescription service chosen by GPs and Consultants to deliver to their private patients throughout the UK and internationally.
Commercial finance director and champion of environmental programmes at Google. Outside Google, I work with several organisations on social mobility and addressing climate change.
Tomohisa is in his final year of the BSc Economics programme at the LSE. He is pursuing a career in fundamental equities and will be joining the RV Fundamental Equity strategy (long/short equity) at Millennium.
Venture Capital investor focused on financial services and software. Formerly a management consultant at McKinsey and adviser to political leaders in the UK and Africa.
Software engineer turned Investment banker across research, technology, operations, trading, and risk. An investor in technology and start-ups and Governor at Hammersmith Academy. Passionate about social mobility and good business.
SaaS Founder and 2nd year Politics student at Trinity College, Cambridge. Building some cool things in AI with LLMs.
Engage with Us
If you're a current or aspiring founder, or would like to invest in exciting businesses, we would love for you to apply for funding from the CAN network.
Any business, whether new or existing, can send us a pitch for CAN members, so long as its founder(s) can commit to clear diversity, ethics, inclusion, and sustainability criteria.
Be able to through acquired knowledge or skill.