Steve Smith

Director, Technology Venture Investments

Steve leads Finance Wales’ technology venture investments team – an experienced team of specialist investors and portfolio managers, placing seed and growth capital investment in innovative, IP rich, technology based businesses with the ambition to become international market leaders.

Prior to joining Finance Wales in 2006, Steve spent 15 years leading various EU-backed programmes focussed on technology, innovation and the commercialisation of university intellectual property at the former Welsh Development Agency as Head of Research and Development Funding.

A chartered Mechanical Engineer, Steve spent his early career as a Development Engineer at Wiggins Teape and then Product Design Manager at Saunders Valves. He then established and managed an advanced manufacturing unit at the Polytechnic of Wales (now the University of South Wales).

Finance Wales has built an exciting technology ventures portfolio over the past 6 years, including businesses that have relocated to Wales to take advantage of our investment funds and the wider Welsh Government business support infrastructure.

Steve SmithDirector, Technology Venture Investments