Ashley Smith (G '08, WG '08)
Partner, British Gas Venture Capital
Ashley has spent more than a decade in technology investing, most recently co-founding and running British Gas Venture Capital (BGVC).
At BGVC, Ashley invests in start-ups active future growth sectors for British Gas, particularly in internet-of-things, data analytics, and energy efficiency. She sets BGVC's strategy and oversees all aspects of the investment process, from origination and transaction execution to portfolio management and exit. She has had numerous board roles and led a number of successful exits.
Prior to co-founding BGVC, Ashley invested in technology companies ranging from gas turbine efficiency to solar to power electronics at CT Investment Partners. Earlier in her career, Ashley worked for Franklin Templeton Investments and the Environmental Protection Agency. She informally mentors investing and tech professionals in career development, advises start-ups, and is regularly invited to speak at events.
Ashley has an MBA from Wharton Business School, and a BSc in chemistry from McGill University