Angel Investment Network named in prestigious Spear’s 500

Three of Angel Investment Network’s senior team have been named in the 2022 edition of the prestigious Spear’s 500. The index is the definitive market-leading guide to the top private client advisers and service providers for HNW individuals. 

AIN co-founders James Badgett and Mike Lebus were named alongside experienced broker Xavier Ballester who has been with AIN for fifteen years. 

Featured in the publication Lebus commented: “We have now grown to over 1.5 million entrepreneurs and over 300,000 investors across 194 countries worldwide. We’ve tried to never lose touch with our entrepreneurial roots.”

Also interviewed in the publication Badgett reflected on the “Phileas Fogg-like journey” of the network with “over 100,000 pitches submitted last year, ideas coming from almost every country – North Korea and Guinea included.” He said: “in this age of rapid innovation, it’s not just about the latest ‘OMG’ idea, but rather CVs and people. If you’ve got an idea plus a great team, you’re going somewhere.”

Describing AIN’s success in democratising access to early stage funding Ballester said that “the era of approaching ‘grey-suited men in ‘oak-panelled rooms’ in the hope that they would ‘bestow you some cash’ is finally over.” He says ‘‘We all have ideas. But it’s teams and people that turn great ideas into great businesses.”

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