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Chris Adelsbach

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Entrepreneur with 9 figure exit. Angel investor with private portfolio of 140 companies that have had >£1.5bn of follow on investment. UKBAA Angel Investor of the year 2018/19. Chris led the leading FinTech accelerator in Europe as Managing Director of Techstars, investing in an additional 50 FinTech companies with a 5X return to date.


Co-founder of Marlin Financial Group which featured in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 in 2009/10/11/12/13 as one of the top 100 fastest growing privately held companies in the UK. After Marlin exited to a NASDAQ-listed company in 2014, he made the transition from entrepreneur to venture investor and startup mentor.

Read his 2023 End of Year letter here:   

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Tariq Khan

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Tariq is a financial services regulatory and transactional lawyer turned entrepreneur, startup advisor and investor. On the legal team at GE Money he helped create new consumer finance products and negotiate their distribution through large retailers. In 2006 he left GE for the founding team of Marlin Financial Group, helping operationalise an innovative, data-driven, customer-centric strategy. Marlin closed some of the largest deals in its sector, raising a £150m bond and partnering with hedge funds, and became regarded for its niche, highly profitable approach. During this time, Tariq was voted to the Board of their trade association by its c. 400 members, working closely with regulators and the industry to ensure proportionate, workable regulation. In 2014, Marlin was acquired for £295m.

Tariq has since applied his own training and experience as an advisor and investor in the fintech and regtech startup communities, whilst mentoring on accelerator programmes such as Barclays Techstars where he was Entrepreneur in Residence. He has a number of Board and advisory board seats spanning the fintech, regtech, digital asset and blockchain infrastructure sectors. He likes to work closely with these companies, being active in their industries and levering his broad network to contribute not only to their success but also to identifying opportunities between them and anew. Tariq invests in smart, energetic founders with missions to serve a significant customer-base with products or services that provide a qualitative, ethical, tangible impact with the goal of becoming a valuable market leader.


Shauna Krause-Bullen



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Following on from an investment banking career in Prime Brokerage at BoA Merrill Lynch in London and New York, Shauna gained valuable start-up insight as part of a small team building out modern manufacturing brands and products.  

Joining the team in 2021, Shauna primarily works with Chris on his portfolio of angel investments.

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