Gary Woodhead, FRSA
Co-Founder / CEO
Co-Founder / Chief Revenue & Compliance Officer
Co-Founder / MD - Land & Development
NED and Venture Partner
Keith Madeley, MBE
Starting, and building, a successful business takes a good idea, energy and determination plus the right opportunities and the right people.
Working with, and investing in, startups excites us here at CMS. Working with entrepreneurs on bright ideas, fostering growth and innovation in the tech sector and helping to support the industry stars of the future gets us out of bed in the morning. As an early-stage business, legal advice may be pushed to the bottom of the priority list, not least due to the costs associated with it. However, for a business to scale successfully, especially when investors are involved, having the right foundations are imperative. At CMS, we want to change the way that early-stage companies access legal support. That’s why we set up CMS equIP and its associated programme, equIP North.
CMS is one of the largest law firms worldwide and our more than 4,500 legal professionals work in cross-border teams around the world to offer business-focused advice in law and tax matters.
We help build Successful Companies.
We are drawn to businesses of all sizes and ambitious founders who push the edge of what is possible. Our investments span the technology stack, from applications to infrastructure, and across the enterprise spectrum from developer operations to security, data platforms, and beyond with the use of emerging technologies.
The future will be shaped by advances in AI, RPA, XR, robotics, blockchain, quantum computing and deep tech. We support organizations and aspiring founders with our expertise and drive to tackle the major global issues that affect us all.
We help to design, build, launch and scale ventures across all stages and sectors. Our team of business growth advisors and data scientists work side by side with portfolio companies to solve critical problems and push the frontier of technology. Let’s talk to start building your ideas to life. Excelledia Ventures backs founders who transform industries and create new ones.