MAINstream Angel Investor network for the South West


Thursday 17th March 2022

(Applications Now Open)

Wednesday 15th June 2022 Tuesday 8th November 2022


MAINstream is a network for business angel investors established by Michelmores in 2019 to help accelerate the growth of angel investing in the region.

All members are UKBAA registered investors and experienced entrepreneurs seeking opportunities to actively invest in, and provide ongoing support to, innovative start-ups and exciting disruptive ventures. Many of our members have themselves started, scaled and exited successful businesses.

MAINstream hold three pitch events throughout the year where high growth, early-stage companies are invited to present their businesses to the network.

Members also benefit from networking and training opportunities hosted by Michelmores.

The MAINstream team is led by Richard Cobb, Senior Partner who heads Michelmores' Corporate team. In recent years, the team have seen a surge in private capital deals, including investments in start-ups and early-stage companies and the MAINstream initiative enables us to support clients who are looking to make investments following a successful exit of their own.

Rod Beer, Managing Director of the UKBAA, commented:

"We are delighted that Michelmores has launched MAINstream and the potential that this has to help accelerate the growth of angel investing in the region. Whilst the South West is home to many innovative start-ups, outside of Bristol we have identified a lack of angel investors to help nourish and support these exciting high-growth companies. We hope that MAINstream will be a catalyst for more angel investment in the region and UKBAA are looking forward to supporting Richard, Dan and the team in this exciting initiative."

Joe Pearce, Head of Business Support at SETsquared in Exeter, said:

"At SETsquared we are supporting some incredibly exciting companies through our incubator program and other initiatives. Most of our cohort need to raise funds from private investors – and all can benefit from the experience and mentorship that angel investors can provide. MAINstream is undoubtedly a valuable addition to the existing regional start-up and scale-up ecosystem."

To find out more about MAINstream, whether to discuss the possibility of joining the network as an investor, or to be considered to pitch at one of our events, please email:

Michelmores also supports the next generation of entrepreneurs, particularly in areas such as technology and sustainability, via its MiVentures scheme.

Find our more about our Tech and Innovation team here.

Meet the team

MAINstream is ultimately run by its members, with input from the Michelmores team: 

Richard Cobb

Chloe Vernon-Shore

Tom Torkar

Harry Trick

Joley Charlton

Ellen Vickers


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