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David French

Harwell Capital

London, UK

Chairman

Harwell Capital

David French
Biography
David is Chairman and Co-Founder of Harwell Capital, an independent late stage Venture Capital investor focused on UK technology companies, providing accelerator capital and strategic support to proven businesses with innovative proprietary scientific and engineering technology. Harwell Capital offer Family Office investors opportunities in these companies through co-investment and discretionary portfolios, also offering HNW investors the opportunity to invest in each deal on an execution-only basis, at lower levels than offered by traditional Venture Capital funds.

After 30 years in Asia, David had become one of the region’s most important introducers of capital to various technology companies based in the UK. A serial entrepreneur, he built his own Independent Financial Advisor (IFA) business in Asia, MBA Group, becoming the largest IFA business in Hong Kong, before being acquired by UK listed company Inter-Alliance and becoming Group CEO of Inter-Alliance International.

David's business career in Asia started in 1991 when he joined Connaught Financial Planning Ltd, which was Hong Kong's largest financial planning company and in 1994 he then formed MBA Group. David led the group through many international mergers and acquisitions, becoming CEO of the now MBA Berkeley Burke Group in 1999, sold to Inter-Alliance in 2000. In 2002, following a successful management buy-out of MBA Berkeley Burke from Inter-Alliance International, David resumed his position as CEO in the newly reformed MBA Berkeley Burke until retiring from Financial Services in 2004 to focus on advising and investing his personal capital into seed and angel stage companies.

David started his career with 5 years as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police Force in London, where he received 2 commendations.

David French’s Newsfeed

16 Apr 2018
Insight | Portfolio News Update

We are delighted to present the Newsletter for Harwell CapitalHarwell was established over 6 years ago, and we have since then built a portfolio of 20 technology companies.  We provide capital to support proven businesses with
innovative proprietary scientific and engineering technology, solving real-world problems in clearly identifiable markets.

03 Jul 2017
JAY-Z’S 4:44 illegally downloaded nearly 1 million times in 3 days

British startup MUSO has just raised $3.2m (£2.5m) in a Series A funding from Harwell Capital. Its tools enable rights-holders to not only protect content, but also investigate the behavior of consumers of illegal content – even connecting with them and redirecting them to official channels.Music Business Worldwide

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David French’s Background

Chairman
Nov 2011 - Present
London, UK
An independent late stage Venture Capital investor focused on UK technology companies, providing accelerator capital and strategic support to proven businesses with innovative proprietary scientific and engineering technology, solving real-world problems in clearly identifiable markets.
MBA Group logo MBA Group logo
MBA Group
Chairman & CEO
Aug 1994 - Present
Hong Kong, HK
Leading Independent Financial Adviser firm in Hong Kong, acquired by UK listed company Inter-Alliance in March 2000.
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