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Seonaid Mackenzie

Seonaid Mackenzie PhotoSeonaid Mackenzie
BiographySeonaid Mackenzie, is an award winning Scottish, female entrepreneur in Financial Services. Seonaid has had a 32 year career in the City, having been a stockbroker, fund manager, as well as operating UK funds, and fund raising for private companies and funds, and sat as a non-exec in financial services or SMEs over this time. Seonaid founded Sturgeon Ventures LLP as a "single family office" in 1998 investing in public and private companies. Those funds today are passively managed, and so Sturgeon, took a new active business line and became the pioneer coining the phrase "the regulatory incubator" for financial services starting in the year 2001, known by some as an FCA Umbrella, or Regulatory Hosting Platform. In 2013, Sturgeon Ventures became an Investment Advisor with the SEC, and in 2014 an AIFM (Alternative Investment Fund Manager) and Operator of Collective Investment Schemes and AIFM Solutions their trade mark was launched in 2014. The firm has 'incubated over 100 start ups since this business model began'. The clients include fund managers with various strategies, third party fund raisers, corporate finance firms, family offices, amongst others. Sturgeon Ventures celebrates its 18th Birthday this year. 1998-2016.
TitleManaging Partner
ExpertiseInvestment management, corporate finance, regulator incubation for start-ups in London, the US; Setting up the UK and/or Malta or Dublin for investment funds
Current OrganizationSturgeon Ventures LLP (Enterprising Women TV appearance
Type of OrganizationFinancial services
Major ProductInvestment management, corporate finance and compliance/regulatory advice and training for start-ups and established firms; the pioneer of the Regulatory Incubator (FCA Umbrella in the UK), has incubated 45+ start-ups over 9 years; Corporate governance, investor relations for funds, investment services for nonprofit charities, schools, religious foundations, endowments, sub £20m not serviced by large banks
Area of DistributionUnited Kingdom, the European Union and the US (an exempt reporting advisory firm with the SEC)
BornGlasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Honors & AwardsEnterprising Woman of the Year, 2013; Venture Catalyst of the Year, M&A International in the UK, 2013; voted by Brummell as one of the top 30 most inspirational female entrepreneurs in financial services in the U.K.; Finalist in 2012 Women of Achievement in the City won by American Express; winner of Enterprising Women of 2013 a global award
AffiliationsChartered Institute of Securities & Investments; Association of Professional Compliance Consultants; Institute of Chartered Accountants; Women's President Organisation; Worshipful Company of International Bankers; Caledonian Club; Founder, Wellness Fund Foundation; Holy Trinity Brompton; Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Maltese Financial Services Authority; Member, HTB (
Hobbies & SportsFamily activities, live music, concerts, theatre, art galleries, collage, skiing, walking her pet dog, Social Transformation
Career AccomplishmentsPioneer of the FCA Umbrella and Regulatory Incubator in the United Kingdom, Gateway to financial services companies setting up in London
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