Matthew Leonard, Student at the University of St Andrews, 22

Matthew Leonard
Matthew Leonard

Matthew Leonard is a final year MA International Relations student at the University of St Andrews. Whilst at University, Matthew co-founded the St Andrews Angels and established its presence in both New York and London. The St Andrews Angels comprises a group of seasoned entrepreneurs, business leaders, alumni and faculty within the US and UK who facilitate deal flow between the University of St Andrews and its global network, as well as providing investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to early-stage businesses.

Alongside his studies, Matthew also serves as the Syndicate Manager of EOS Technology Investment Syndicate based in St Andrews. EOS led investments have secured approximately £1.5m in funding to date. Working across multiple deals, Matthew has again been able to support the University of St Andrews entrepreneurial ecosystem. In March 2016, he worked with EOS to raise £170k for St Andrews spin out Xelect Ltd. Xelect provides specialist genetics support to the aquaculture industry worldwide and is led by University of St Andrews professor Ian Johnson. Remarkably, Matthew has been able to achieve all of this alongside his studies and for his efforts is considered a Future Leader by Entrepreneurial Scotland.

Previously, Matthew has worked as a Summer Analyst for private equity firms Mandalay Capital Partners and Avila Capital in Singapore. As well as real estate development company Assetz Property Group in Bangalore, India. Closer to home, Matthew has also worked alongside Dundee gaming start up Digital Sports Arena as a Business Development Intern.

Matthew is passionate about education and equality of access, having previously volunteered for an NGO that provided educational resources to urban and rural children in Northern India. Looking to the future, Matthew is keen to continue supporting the Scottish entrepreneurial ecosystem through angel financing and hopes to pursue a career in Real Estate Private Equity following his graduation in June 2017.

Commenting on being selected as one of the forty leading individuals aged under 40 who are currently making a significant contribution to the Scottish business landscape, Matthew said, “I have been exceptionally fortunate to have had access to both amazing individuals and opportunities whilst at St Andrews and further afield through the alumni community. Individuals such as Paul McCartan and Scott Callender deserve special recognition, as their mentorship, guidance and patience has opened countless opportunities for me. To be profiled by Scottish Business News & Exolta Capital Partners is truly an honor, and above all is a credit to the caliber of both Scott and Paul as well as the University of St Andrews”.