Start-up Fundraising

Start-up Fundraising Experts

Fundraising Panel

Empowering entrepreneurs; we navigate the early-stage start-up fundraising and investment landscape, offering strategic fundraising support for founders and give investors exclusive access to the UK’s most promising ventures for mutual growth and success.

Deep rooted connections with the UK's most exciting startups

Alator Capital is the start-up fundraising arm of the Entrepreneurs Collective (EC). Launched in 2019, EC is a community of founders and investors,  created for the purpose of providing support and guidance for all on their entrepreneurial  journey. Alator Capital is the place our members will come for all the of their fundraising needs. 

Bridging the gap between founders and investors

The aim of Alator Capital is to help startups grow through investment. To do that, Alator utilises its network of Angel Investors, VCs Family Offices and Seed Funds, alongside its deep rooted connections with startups, to create a bridge, connecting the two and making fundraising a more efficient process.

A founder-first approach

As founders ourselves, we understand the pain points associated with start-up fundraising, and want to be on side with startups to ensure fundraising is as easy a process as possible. We want to help you and rebalance negotiations with investors, VCs and Private Equity, ensuring you get the best deal possible. 

Want a free fundraising health check?

If you are generating revenue or have previously raised investment you can join the Entrepreneurs Collective Community  to claim your complimentary fundraising health check from the experts at Alator Capital!

Our Start-up Fundraising Team

Michael Blakeley

Founder & CEO

Michael Blakeley is a lawyer, founder & entrepreneur.  With over 20 years experience in Legal, M&A, Fundraising, Investment, Compliance, Data Protection.  Michael has worked at blue chip organisations such as Freshfields, UK Competition Authority, TATA and the Kinnevik Group. 

Michael has a long track record of supporting and closing fundraising deals, working on 30+ M&A Deals and Fundraises with a combined entreprise value of over £1BN.

Nick David


Nick David has extensive fundraising experience in the technology, wellness, and life science sectors, offering strategic advice to early and growth-stage businesses. 

Outside of Alator, Nick works part-time as a Venture Partner of a US deep tech VC. An Oxford University graduate, Nick’s academic prowess complements his forward-thinking approach, making him a vital contributor to the evolving landscape of tech and wellness.

Antonio Borges

Finance Director

Antonio is a seasoned executive with extensive experience working with VC investors, corporate ventures and startups from inception to exit. His expertise includes leading and advising on capital raising, joint ventures, partnerships, and M&A.

As a strategy consultant, he has guided major European and Global companies in sectors like energy, technology, telecoms, financial services, and media through strategy development, innovation, performance improvement and growth. 

Jamilah Jaffer

Investment Associate

Jamilah Jaffer is an Investment Associate at Alator Capital, who has previously worked at as an associate and analyst in prestigious financial institutions like BNP Paribas and Citi for over 4 years. 

Jamilah’s career reflects a strong combination of finance expertise and a passion for entrepreneurship. Her educational background includes studying at St Andrews and Université Paris-Sorbonne, which has significantly contributed to her understanding of the global business landscape. 

Samiksha Zambad

Fundraising Analyst

Samiksha Zambad, currently enhancing her expertise with an MSc in Banking and Finance at King’s College London, is a Fundraising Analyst at Alator Capital. 

Her academic journey at King’s College underlines her dedication to understanding the nuances of finance and entrepreneurship. Samiksha’s role at Alator Capital benefits from her academic pursuits, where she skillfully bridges finance and innovative business strategies.