Nelson has been an Angel investor for 20 years, is a member groups in Scotland and the USA and has personably invested in 43 companies, with 9 “good” exits. As a fund manager funded a further 50+ Scottish Companies and is presently on the investment committee of the UK Angel CoFund.
Working with the likes of the European Commission, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and numerous other government agencies he has provided training and mentoring to entrepreneurs and Angel investors in many counties across Europe and further afield, including the USA, South America, India, Australia, Kazakhstan and New Zealand and has helped to build Angel groups in Scotland, Latvia, Jordan, Russia, Egypt and the Caribbean. He consults extensively on the use of entrepreneurship and Angel investment to drive economic development, and the use of public policy to stimulate Angel investment activity. Nelson was European Angel of the Year in 2008 and was awarded the Queens Award for Enterprise Promotion in 2015.