Cocoon Networks CEO John Zai presents Exit of the Year Award to Bybox

July 6, 2017

Cocoon Networks' CEO John Zai presents Exit of the Year Award to tech company Bybox at UK Angel Investment Awards Gala




Last night, we were thrilled to celebrate the high growth and success of UK's angel and early stage investment ecosystem together with over 300 entrepreneurs and early-stage business representatives. The UK Angel Investment Awards Gala was a dazzling affair and took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London. Now in its 12th year, the award ceremony was brought into being by the UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA), the national trade association representing angel and early-stage investment in the UK, and continuing to support the UK’s highest-potential entrepreneurs. It shines the spotlight on the fastest growing brands and supporting forces behind them, i.e. the founders, angels, crowdfund and early stage VC investors responsible for their success. 



John Zai, our CEO at Cocoon Networks, Europe's first Chinese-funded investment platform and financial consultancy, was delighted to present this year's Exit of the Year Award to winner ByBoxByBox is a market leading technology company of which the judges said: "Following a strategic acquisition of the business in 2003, the team has achieved considerable growth in both revenues and profitability and is currently generating revenues of over 100 m. Taking an active role in the business as board representatives and group chairman, investors achieved an excellen 14x return following an MBO." ByBox specialises in supply chain solutions, tech services deployment and repair, and Click & Collect lockers.


 John Zai, Ceo of Cocoon Networks


John Zai:

‘We are thrilled to present The Best Exit Award 2017 to ByBox, who are the market leading technology company and have contributed greatly to improving existing supply chains and technology services deployment. ByBox is a great example of the incredible growth achievable for startups with a clear and in-demand mission. As Europe's largest incubation centre we aim to support ventures to grow rapidly and successfully scale in the Chinese market'


Emma Sinclair MBE and John Zai (Cocoon Networks) grant the Exit of the Year award to ByBox

left to right: Simon Blakey (Avonmore Developments, ByBox Investor), John Zai (CEO, Cocoon Networks), Stephen Bullock (ByBox Investor), Emma Sinclair MBE


Guiding the audience through the evening was highly successful entrepreneur and UNICEF ambassador Emma Sinclair MBE, who herself was the youngest person in UK to have made a company public (at age 29). UKBAA's CEO Jenny Tooth OBE and Simon Calver, Chair of UKBAA both addressed the importance of celebrating the innovation and global ambitions of disruptive early stage business in the UK in their welcome speeches. 

Jenny Tooth OBE (CEO UKBAA)


'The shortlisted companies from across the UK competing for 14 awards have raised a combined total of more than £210m in equity funding over the past 18 months from early-stage investors, raning from business angels to crowdfunding platforms and VCs, and this has had a significant impact on their growth and success.'

'The winners refelct a huge range of innovative technologies, products and services being developed here in the UK; and demonstrate a strong capacity for scale and market disruption' (Jenny Tooth OBE, CEO, UKBAA)

Simon Calver (Chairman UKBAA)


'The Awards reveal the amazing unsung heroes behind growth-stage businesses and the angel investors supporting them with not only valuable risk capital, but with deep business expertise – enabling them to be the global success stories of the future' (Simon Calver, Chair of UKBAA, Partner at BGF Ventures). 


Other 2017 UK Angel Investment Award Winners:

Best Investment in Disruptive Tech: Undo
Best Investment in Fintech: Digital Fineprint
Best Investment in Life Sciences: Sphere Fluidics
Best Investment in IoT: Converge
Best Social Impact Investment: Fair Finance

Best Angel-VC-Scale-Up Investment: Moteefe
Best Angel-Crowdfunding Investment: Powervault 
Best Investment in a high-growth woman founder: Irra Ariella Chi (CEO of Vchain) 
Best International Growth Business: Ebury
Best New Entrant to the Angel Ecosystem: AllBright 
Scale-Up Team of the Year: Bulb Energy
Lead Syndicate of the Year: 24 Haymarket
Angel of the Year: Meganne Houghton-Berry


left to right: Christine Li (Head of PR at Cocoon Networks), John Zai (CEO at Cocoon Networks), Jenny Tooth OBE (CEO at UKBAA)

Emma Sinclair, MBE (Co-Founder of EnterpriseJungle)


UK Business Angels Association:

The UK Business Angels Association (UKBAA) is the national trade association representing angel and early stage investment.




ByBox is a market leading technology company specialising in supply chain solutions, tech services deployment and repair, and Click & Collect lockers.





Cocoon Networks:

Cocoon Networks is Europe’s first Chinese-funded networking platform and financial investment consultancy facilitating the creation of fruitful and lasting business collaborations between China and the European continent. Cocoon Networks’ wide range of services include venture capital investment, financial consulting, a business accelerator, co-working spaces and IP management. 



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