60 second interview: Melanie Goward
Dr Melanie Goward manages the Wales Technology Seed Fund. She
started her career as a geneticist working on the human genome
project near Cambridge, before moving into venture capital and
funding for science and technology start-ups and early growth
companies. She has been with Finance Wales for six years.
You’ve worked at Finance Wales for six years, recently
being appointed as Wales Technology Seed Fund Manager, what did you
do before joining the Finance Wales team?
I started my career as a scientist, I worked as a geneticist
after completing my studies at Cambridge University – I am
passionate about bio and medical sciences – but during my work I
became really interested in how early stage science and tech
companies could get off the ground. I quickly became involved in
the finance side of things. I worked with the Technology Group at
Lloyds TSB, before becoming the Investment Director at Nesta
Investments. Six years ago I joined Finance Wales.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My spare time is mostly taken up with my two children.
What is your favourite movie and why?
I’ve always been more of a box set person – a particular
favourite is Breaking Bad, the subversive side appeals.
Why is science and technology an exciting business
Technology innovations have the potential to make a huge impact
to the way people live and the quality of their lives. It’s really
exciting to be able to play an enabling role in getting these to
How can Finance Wales help tech start-ups?
The Wales Technology Seed Fund is a £7.5m fund that provides
early stage funding to high growth potential technology companies
who are based in, or relocating to, Wales. The funding is there to
help bring innovative technologies to market and grow valuable
technology companies within Wales.
For companies further along their business journey our Technology
Venture Investments team can also offer debt and equity packages up
What’s the best way to contact you?
If you’re interested in help from our seed fund please email
For other tech finance options please get in touch by emailing