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OXFORD ANGEL FUND

The Oxford Angel Fund is a group of Oxford-educated angel investors with the common interest of investing in Oxford educated entrepreneurs.

 

Fund I was launched in November 2016 with the goal of investing in ten to fifteen early-stage startups. Plans are now underway to launch Fund II.

 

The Fund grew out of the Oxford Entrepreneurs of the Bay group. The quality of ideas being pitched at OEB meetings was consistently high. So the idea arose: why not create a seed fund that could contribute to the best early-stage companies, and help them move forward?

Thus the Oxford Angel Fund was born.

 

 

 

OUR GOALS 

  • To build a community of innovative Oxonians around the Bay.

  • To help advance the profile of Oxford University in the heart of the entrepreneurial universe.

  • Leverage our collective experience and networks to “pay forward” in return for the opportunities we’ve enjoyed in consequence of our Oxford years.

 

Are you an Oxonian founder looking for investment?

Fill out the Oxford Angel Fund: Expression of Interest Form to apply. 

FUNDAMENTALS

Fund I 

 

  • Fund I will invest in ten to fifteen startups over a two-year period.

  • The Fund will have a five year life.

  • There will be no management fees or carried interest (the only Fund expenses will be legal and regulatory if needed).

  • The Fund will co-invest only and will not lead.

  • LLPs will have a pro-rata right to make further individual investments in portfolio companies should they wish to do so. 

  • Fund I will be managed by a small group of investors.

  • There are no restrictions on the type of startups we invest in, aside from the requirement that at least one co-founder has an Oxford connection

 

By keeping Fund I small and focusing on a small number of deals we have been able to maximize learning and improve the quality of our overall performance through rapid learning. This is in effect an Agile Fund. 

 

Fund II

Planning is currently underway for Fund II. For more details please contact us. 

 

 

MEET THE FUND MANAGERS

PAULA SKOKOWSKI

(St. Edmund Hall 1983)

She received her B.A., M.A. in Engineering Science from Oxford and went on to complete the M.S.M.E in Robotics and Control at U.C. Berkeley. Paula has spent her career at the very forefront of technology, building companies from zero to late stage growth in Robotics, IoT, Mobile and Information Security. Paula began her career programming robots at Adept Technology, then joined Echelon, where she pioneered one of the first IoT Interoperability standards working with leading corporations around the globe. At General Magic Paula brought to market the first VoiceXML development platform and led the voice team that developed OnStar, one of the first voice bots. Most recently Paula was CMO at Accellion, a secure mobile file sharing and collaboration company, where she helped lead the company from first customers to over 2000 enterprise customers around the globe. Paula has deep functional leadership experience in global go-to-market strategy, product definition and development, marketing and sales development and enablement. 

CAMERON TURNER

               (Christ Church 2004)

 

He received his MBA from Said Business School, where he launched his last company, ClickStream Technologies during the program. As CEO, Cameron helped ClickStream “grow up” in the Bay Area.  ClickStream was acquired by Microsoft in 2009.  Prior to graduate school, Cameron worked for several years in research and software development, after a degree in Architecture/Engineering from Dartmouth College (including a transfer term at St. Anne’s, 1995).  More recently, Cameron completed an M.S. in Statistics from Stanford University, and serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at StartX, Stanford’s Accelerator where he advises on the full range of start-up topics, from fundraising to data strategy.  As co-founding partner of The Data Guild, Cameron has developed and deployed industrial machine learning systems for several Fortune 100 companies in Energy, Healthcare and Retail and is an author and speaker with O’Reilly Media.   He volunteers internationally with Habitat for Humanity and serves on the advisory board for Worldreader.org.  In younger days, he pulled oars for St. Anne’s, Christ Church and Dartmouth, though he is now content biking around Palo Alto with his 3 and 6 year olds.  He is passionate about helping founders succeed, and thrilled to put this passion to work for the Oxford Angel Fund.

NEIL WOLFF

               (Lincoln and Templeton 1979)

 

He received an M.Phil in Management Studies through Templeton College, and after working for the Hambrecht & Quist Investment Bank in San Francisco attended UCLA Law School.  He was an associate and then a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for 21 years (1985-2006).  He established an exchange program with the Nagashima Ohno & Tsunematsu law firm, working in Tokyo 1987-88.  Since 2006 he has been Managing Director and General Counsel of VantagePoint Capital Partners, a multi-stage, multi-industry venture fund manager with over $3 billion of assets and global operations and investments.  During his decade at VantagePoint Neil has been part of the senior team managing eight venture funds capitalized at $100 million to $1.6 billion.  In his career he has worked with hundreds of venture-backed startups, completed hundreds of IPOs and M&A transactions all over the world, and has closed over a thousand venture capital financings.