OION Ltd is pleased to acknowledge the support of its sponsors. This support means that our companies and investors can access professional advice that is geared to meet the growth needs of innovative businesses.


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OION is kindly sponsored by Laytons - a commercial law firm with an international client base, with specialists in private equity, corporate and commercial, intellectual property and technology, as well as tax, employment, dispute resolution, commercial property and private client.

We believe it to be vital to our clients that they deal with consistent personnel whom they know, and further that they have individuals who know them and their affairs well. We generate the best advice by sharing our knowledge and working supportively as a single team, both with our clients and amongst ourselves.

We understand that clients need more than just advice. We invest time in knowing clients’ circumstances, needs and preferences to deliver commercially informed and practical results. Wherever practical the same lawyers act. In this way we know what matters and our advice can be relevant, effective and appropriate.

We understand and are sympathetic to the pressures on early-stage businesses: as a result we act for numerous companies who have been introduced to us via OION.

If you are an investor or a company seeking finance through OION and would like to speak to us, without obligation, we are always happy to meet you. Please contact Esther Gunaratnam.

Address: Level 5, 2 More London Riverside, London, SE1 2AP
Tel: 020 7842 8000



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We are proud to sponsor OION. At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. It is this focus which informs the services we provide and the decisions we make. With offices in 158 countries and more than 236,000 people, we are among the leading professional services networks in the world.

We have always worked with privately owned businesses and their promoters. As an adviser to ambitious, wealth-creating enterprises, we get to meet and learn from some of the most creative, persistent and ingenious minds in the business world - our clients. Across the country, we work with over 16,000 private companies to help them solve important problems and achieve their growth potential. We would be happy to speak to you please contact Dave Farmer.

Address: 3 Forbury Place, 23 Forbury Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 3JH
Tel: 01189 597111



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TVIN is kindly sponsored by Nunn Hayward. Over the last 25 years we have gained a wealth of experience which we are pleased to be able to offer you in your new enterprise.

Our 8 partner firm boasts strengths not just in the usual core business you would associate with firms of accountants, but also consultancy skills tailored to the day to day needs of the SME sector and in particular fast growing new businesses.

Getting the structure of the company right at the very outset in terms of financing, decision making and shareholder relations is always key but so often in the initial whirlwind of those early months they can be missed, with serious long term consequences.

We work with our clients to try and make sure that does not happen and use our team to help take some of the workload away and let you concentrate on what really matters.

We are here to help so please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange a free and no obligation consultation, please contact Steve Cook.

Address: 2-4 Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, SL9 7QE
Tel: 01753 888211



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TVIN is kindly sponsored by Moorcrofts LLP - a boutique corporate law firm focused only on matters that are important to your business, including corporate, commercial, IT and technology, open source software, commercial property and employment issues. We don't deal with law that businesses don't use - we don't advise on Wills, criminal, conveyancing, personal injury, matrimonial etc. We just deal with commercial matters.

We understand the issues facing your business when you are looking for funding, having had experience of acting for many companies in that position. Importantly we also act for companies at all stages in their development, from start-ups through to companies listed on AIM and including venture capitalists and angel investors. We therefore understand the issues facing you from all perspectives and are well placed to give you practical commercial and realistic advice that can move your business forward.

Once you have achieved the funding you are looking for, we are here to help you continue to develop your business. As well as the usual shareholder and commercial law issues, we have particular expertise in helping firms with incentivising their employees by way of employee share schemes, an ideal way to ensure you have a committed and driven workforce who shares your desire to drive your company forward. Unlike larger general service firms, we are able to offer a partner led service to ensure that you achieve the best advice possible. We are based in Marlow with clients throughout London, the Thames Valley and much further afield. We are also experienced in cross border transactions and can assist your business in developing links worldwide when the time comes. We are happy to meet or talk with you, without commitment, about what we can do for you and how we can address the legal and commercial issues your business faces. Please contact Teri Hunter.

Address: Thames House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1PB
Tel: 01628 470000



Richardsons logo

OEI is kindly sponsored by Richardsons - a flexible, approachable firm of business advisors, acting for a number of start-ups in the science and hi-tech fields. We are experienced in meeting the kinds of challenges your company may face.

Our team will listen to your unique requirements and provide you with whatever you need from the full spectrum of accounting, auditing, tax, management reporting, payroll and support services that we provide. We are specialists in the area of Research and Development tax credits, and we offer costs effective audits of grants.

We always agree a fixed fee with clients in advance, so that you receive no unexpected bills. Our quotes include the provision of ad-hoc advice on general and specific issues throughout the year. We are much better able to help your business grow if we know what you are doing, so we welcome your calls and don't charge you for listening!

Our principal contacts to advise both investors and early stage companies are Alison Richardson and Simon Husband.

Address: Richardsons, 30 Upper High Street, Thame, Oxon, OX9 3EZ 
Tel: 01844 261155 



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The Oxford Trust is an independent charitable trust, founded in 1985 by entrepreneurs Sir Martin and Audrey, Lady Wood. Its mission is to encourage the pursuit of science and enterprise and it runs complementary programmes across three key objectives:

  • Enterprise - To support and sustain the innovation ecosystem in the Oxfordshire region.
  • Education - To inspire young people about science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • Engagement - To encourage people of all ages to engage with how scientific research impacts on their lives.

While the Trust focuses on the enterprise strategy, its education and engagement programmes are delivered through Science Oxford, the public-facing part of the Trust.

The Trust, which currently comprises a team of 24, has a simple but effective charitable business model: it owns and runs the Oxford Centre for Innovation (OCFI) in Oxford and the new Wood Centre for Innovation (WCFI) at Stansfeld Park, Headington. Income from the innovation centres is reinvested into Science Oxford’s education and engagement programmes. The strength of the model is that it is self-sustaining and supports both ends of the ecosystem, from inspiring young children about the wonders of science to helping tech start-ups to develop and grow.

The Trust’s most recent development is the new Science Oxford Centre and WCFI at Stansfeld Park – a £13m project to create a science education centre for children aged 3-11 years and an innovation centre targeted at tech entrepreneurs and start-ups.

In addition, the Trust develops and invests in a diverse range of activities, projects, partnerships and programmes, including:

  • Venturefest Oxford
  • IF - the Oxford science and ideas festival
  • The Oxford Trust Enterprise Awards
  • Make Oxford
  • Advanced Oxford

Find out more at:



OI logo


OION Ltd is kindly sponsored by Oxford Innovation - providing services to support the growth of innovators and entrepreneurs, and to public and private sector organisations that wish to support innovation and enterprise. We manage a range of national and regional coaching and business support programmes and investment networks that link investors with businesses seeking funding. For further information please visit

Oxford Innovation is also a leading operator of business and innovation centres, managing a national network of centres providing office and laboratory space to over 1,000 early stage firms. For more information please see

Address: Oxford Innovation, New Road, Oxford, OX1 1BY



OION Fund portfolio company,, closes Series A funding round

Congratulations to who’ve just raised £3.76m Series A funding.


Messly closes round with investment from OION members

Messly pitched in September 2019 with their professional network for UK junior doctors who they connect with recruiting hospitals and agencies through a tech-enabled hiring platform.


Saltee secures investment following pitch at OION Showcase

Saltee pitched their new direct to consumer, premium beauty sector sun care brand at the October 2019 OION Ltd Showcase held at the HB Allen Centre in Oxford.


OION’s first Showcase of 2020 held at Cazenove Capital’s offices in London

The first OION Ltd Showcase of 2020 was a sell-out event with eleven impressive companies pitching for investment.

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Oxford Investment Opportunity Network and Oxford Angel Network join forces

Leading angel networks in Oxford merge to catalyse early-stage tech investment in the Oxford Cluster.


Final OION Showcase of 2019 sees nine companies pitch for investment

The final OION Showcase of 2019 was hosted by OION sponsor, PwC, last week at their Frontier hub in the Reading offices.

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Coffee and Danish with Jens Tholstrup of Oxford Investment Opportunity Network

OION MD Jens Tholstrup talks with Antony David at TechTribe about the early stage ecosystem in Oxford.

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Keble College’s new H B Allen Centre hosts OION’s October Showcase

Our October Showcase took place last week with eleven companies presenting for investment at the recently completed H B Allen Centre, Oxford.

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OION’s September Showcase held at Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

Following a short break over the summer, our Showcase events resumed last week with the first of the Autumn series held in the new Visitor Centre at Harwell Campus.

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Learning with Experts, Oxford EdTech Company, Raises £800k

Learning with Experts has just completed a latest funding round above target, raising £800k with an impressive group of High Net Worth (HNW) Angels, including members of OION.

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Success for Somaserve...

Somaserve has recently announced that it has secured the IP and global commercial rights to the PolyNaut technology and also the closure of its seed round funding in which a small group of investors, including OION, participated.

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Eleven companies present at joint OION and OUI Showcase

Last week, the Oxford Martin School on Broad Street hosted the latest joint Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI) Showcase.

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Oxford Medical Simulation closes investment round with funding from OION members

Oxford Medical Simulation pitched at OION Ltd's London Stock Exchange Showcase in November and have recently closed their round with investment from OION members.

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OION welcomes The Oxford Trust as new sponsor

OION is delighted to welcome The Oxford Trust as a sponsor of the network.

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Crypta Labs raises investment following pitch at OION Showcase

Crypta Labs is developing the world's first portable quantum hardware security module to secure edge of network devices that rely on weak random numbers in their encryption protocols. We’re pleased to confirm that they’ve recently closed their round with investment from OION.

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OION a finalist in Syndicate of the Year category at the UKBAA Awards

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been shortlisted for Syndicate of the Year at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019!


OION Ltd’s latest Showcase hosted by Rathbone Private Office

Eleven companies pitched for investment at OION Ltd’s most recent Showcase, held at the London offices of Rathbones.


OION sponsor, PwC, seeking ambitious businesses to test their ‘My Financepartner Digital’ Software

PwC have developed ‘My Financepartner Digital’ to allow you to login to your mobile or laptop and quickly see all the key performance metrics of your business (or businesses) without logging in to your accounting software.


Perkier Foods secures funding following pitch at OION’s London Stock Exchange Showcase

Perkier Foods, producers of healthy, free-from and plant based snack bars and breakfasts, have recently closed their £350k round with significant investment coming from OION members.


OION celebrates successes of the past year at Annual Dinner

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), now in its 25th year of connecting companies and investors, celebrated the occasion and the successes of the past year at the well-renowned OION Annual Dinner.


OION welcome PwC as newest sponsors

OION Ltd are delighted to welcome PwC who’ve recently joined as a sponsor of OION.


Twelve companies pitch at OION’s Blenheim Palace Showcase

Twelve companies pitched for investment at last week’s OION Ltd Showcase held at the stunning Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire.


OION Dinner 2019 - Tickets now available!

The OION Annual Dinner has a reputation of being a great networking event. This year will be no exception as we return to Trinity College, Oxford on Wednesday 10th April.


First OION Ltd Showcase of 2019 hosted by Centrica at Windsor HQ

Ten companies from across OION Ltd’s three investment networks (OION, TVIN & OEI) pitched for investment, followed by networking and lunch.


Advanced Materials company, Alvant, secures investment following pitches at OION

Alvant have pitched at two OION Ltd Showcase events recently, first at the Saïd Business School, Oxford in July last year and second with an update at the London Stock Exchange in November.


OION Ltd’s final Showcase of 2018 held at Sophos HQ, Abingdon

Ten companies pitched for investment at last week’s OION Ltd Showcase, the final of 2018.


RootWave receives investment following pitch to OION Ltd

RootWave pitched at OION Ltd’s July Showcase and as a result have recently closed their round with a £150k investment from OION members.


Success for Inovo Robotics

After pitching at OION Ltd’s Robotics and AI Showcase held at Culham back in January, Inovo Robotics have recently closed their round after accepting a £1.5m investment from a technology EIS Fund.


CHAIN Biotechnology raises funding from OION Ltd for the second time

Following their pitch to OION Ltd members in May at Leander Club, CHAIN Biotech have recently closed their round with investment from a number of OION members included.

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OION Ltd’s latest Showcase sees thirteen companies pitch at London Stock Exchange

Last week’s OION Ltd Showcase at the London Stock Exchange featured presentations from thirteen fascinating companies seeking investment.


OION Ltd’s first Showcase of the current series held at Bisham Abbey, Marlow

Following a brief pause for the summer, September 27th saw the first OION Ltd Showcase of the current series. Held at the stunning Bisham Abbey near Marlow, ten companies from a broad range of sectors pitched.


Bookabees secures funding following pitch at OION Ltd’s May Showcase

Bookabees pitched to OION members at the May Showcase held at the Leander Club overlooking the river in Henley on Thames. Since then, we’re pleased to report that they’ve recently closed their round with investment from OION included.


Rovco named ‘Game Changer’ by the Offshore Renewables Energy Catapult

Rovco, after receiving £280,000 of investment from OION members as part of a £1.2m raise, have been named a ‘Game Changer’ by the Offshore Renewables Energy (ORE) Catapult.

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OION Ltd’s final Showcase of the summer series sees ten companies pitch for investment

OION Ltd returned to Oxford’s Saïd Business School last Thursday for the final Showcase before the summer break. Ten company pitches were followed by networking and refreshments providing investors with the opportunity to find out more from the companies of interest.


Ten companies pitch at OION Ltd’s May Showcase hosted by Leander Club

OION Ltd’s May Showcase was held last week at Leander Club overlooking the Thames in Henley. Ten companies from across OION Ltd’s three investment networks (OION, TVIN & OEI) pitched for investment.


OION Ltd completes 37 deals in 2017/18

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network Ltd had 37 separate companies receive funding within the last financial year. 19 companies were funded through the OION Ltd Angel Investors and a further 18 through the OION Fund.


Labrador raises funding through OION Ltd

Labrador pitched at the February OION Ltd Showcase kindly hosted by Rathbones at their London offices. We’re pleased to report that, since their pitch, Labrador have raised funding through OION.

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Twelve companies pitch at joint OION Ltd and OUI Showcase

The joint investment meeting held by Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION Ltd) and Oxford University Innovation (OUI) saw a mix of twelve companies pitch for investment - eight from the OION Ltd network and four from the OUI network.

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Success for MusicGurus

MusicGurus is the e-learning platform for the music industry, revolutionizing the way that music is learned and taught and providing leading publishers, artists, equipment brands and schools with the means to go digital.


Latest OION Ltd Showcase sees twelve companies pitch for investment

Twelve companies pitched for investment at the recent OION Ltd Showcase, kindly hosted by Rathbone Investment Management at their offices in central London.


Smart textiles company, Pireta, secures £500,000 through Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION)

Following their pitch at the October 2017 OION Ltd Showcase, held at Centrica’s head office in Windsor, Pireta have recently closed their investment round after raising £500k from OION members.


OION’s ‘Robotics & AI’ Showcase sees ten companies pitch for investment

OION’s first Showcase of 2018 was held last week in collaboration with RACE (the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s centre for Remote Applications in Challenging Environments) at Culham Science Centre, Oxfordshire.