Hardware investing | Ilian Iliev of EMV Capital


By Dr Brian Moretta, Hardman & Co

Hardware investing is a relatively niche area within UK EIS investor space, but still has many attractions. Dr Ilian Iliev of EMV Capital talks about how the capital intensity has improved and why the ecosystem is attractive.

In this episode of The EIS Navigator, Brian and Ilian explore hardware investing in detail, and they also draw on his background in intellectual property to discuss the different strategies that startup companies can use. They go through the pros and cons, with lots of information on what both investors and founders need to consider.

This episode is the last one that was recorded before the COVID-19 lockdown.

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Dr Ilian Iliev is Managing Director of EMV Capital where he also leads the investment advisory team. Ilian spun-out EMV Capital out of EcoMachines Ventures, which was founded in 2013. Prior to that he co-founded CambridgeIP Ltd, which he built into a leading market and technology business intelligence provider in the UK. He is a Board member at a number of EMVC portfolio companies. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, focused on Venture Capital business models in emerging economies; MCom in Economics, and BA in Politics, Economics and International Relations. He is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, focused on energy and resource efficiency.


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