Q&A with angel investor Jenny Tooth

Jenny Tooth has worked in small business finance since graduating from university, helping entrepreneurs secure grants from public funds in Britain and Europe.

Tooth, 68, began angel investing in 2001 through her London Business Angels group, sold last year to start-up advisers Newable. She invests up to £30,000 a time in healthcare and education technology start-ups. Tooth is chief executive of the UK Business Angels Association, a trade body.

Girl power
Nearly half my portfolio has women founders, but I’m not on a mission — that’s not how women invest.

Time is money
I invest only in things that will see fast commercial growth. I don’t invest in pharmaceuticals, which have a long lead time.

Strength in numbers
I always invest in syndicates, but you need to…

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