UK CPI CPI works with partners to translate inventions into products and processes that enhance health and wellbeing, protect and improve our environment and increase productivity across industries. With a deep understanding of technology foresighting, innovation processes and funding, outstanding technical expertise and industry-relevant assets, we enable the accelerated development of transformational products and processes that have the potential to disrupt and revolutionise markets. We also engage in incremental technological innovation that allows established products and processes to [...]

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S)

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) UKI2S is a national seed capital fund backed by UKRI, Dstl and other public bodies that nurtures innovative businesses from great UK science to leverage private investment and grow jobs. The Fund provides patient, long-term committed capital and strategic advice to help these companies flourish. Over the past decade and more, the fund has built a substantial track record of companies that between them have attracted over £600m of later stage [...]

Chrysalix Venture Capital

Chrysalix Venture Capital Chrysalix is a technology focused venture capital firm that builds, mentors and connects high growth companies. Founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2001, and with offices also in Delft, Netherlands, Chrysalix has built its reputation on bringing disruptive innovation to the world’s largest industries by focusing on where technology meets physical science. The firm’s investments include breakthrough technologies like smart mining, 3D printing of steel, fast charging electric vehicle infrastructure, battery intelligence, CO2 capture, wastewater management, [...]


SOSV SOSV is a global venture capital firm that operates early stage startup development programs: HAX (Newark/San Francisco/Shenzhen/Tokyo) for hardware, IndieBio (San Francisco/NYC) for life sciences, Chinaccelerator (Shanghai) and MOX (Taipei) for cross-border internet, and dlab (NYC) for blockchain. The five programs work with 135 new companies each year. As of January 2022, SOSV had more than 1,000 portfolio companies and $1B billion in assets under management.

Simon Baggott – CMO

Simon is a experienced Product manager and Marketing Director, with a proven ability to develop opportunities for new technologies. He has over 20 years of experience in connecting people with products across B2B and B2C technology businesses. He is an experienced leader and has worked in both large multinational corporations like BOC, GE and JDR Cable systems as well as SMEs.

Janet Donovan – CFO

Janet began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers before moving into industry working for Smiths Aerospace, which become GE Aviation Systems. After leaving GE Janet went on to be CFO at an advanced materials and energy company prior to establishing a boutique management and advisory service firm, where she acted as interim CFO for several companies ranging from an AIM list green-tech firm to small technology SMEs. She is currently the CFO of M-solv and Q5D.

Rachel Eggington – COO

Rachel’s focus is to keep us ahead of the curve as our company grows rapidly – ensuring we always have the capability, capacity and controls to deliver amazing products and services to our customers. Rachel’s passion is delivering rapid growth for exciting and game-changing technologies. She has deep experience in leading innovative companies to meet challenging and complex customer requirements across highly regulated industries including aerospace, medical and automotive.

Andrew Smith

Andy joined the board as a Non Executive Director in Feb 2023, and brings to the Q5D board over 30 years of sales and business development expertise. Andy works in the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry where he has worked for multiple Tier One companies and has held various senior roles including After Market Services Sales, Manufacturing Services Business Development and Operations Management. As part of his multiple roles in the EMS industry, Andy has focused on P&L management, developing [...]

Chris Elsworthy – CTO

Chris is the CTO of Q5D. Prior to this he set up and ran CEL-UK, an innovative additive manufacturing business for 11 years. He built the company into a successful company that manufactures the highly regarded 3D printers sold under the brand Robox®. Chris trained as an industrial product design engineer and has a broad spectrum of experience in both large corporations and SMEs.

Adam Brunton

Dr Adam Brunton was a physics lecturer in at Leicester University, developing optics and detectors for X-ray astronomy space missions. He moved to Exitech to apply similar technology, commercially. Adam joined M-Solv in 2008, managing customers and projects in the solar energy sector, then leading the Process Engineering Group before taking on his current role as the director of sales and marketing. He is the inventor of the laser sintering printed electronics process.

Charles Haythornthwaite

Charlie joined Chrysalix in 2008. He is responsible for leading the opportunity recognition and investment selection process in the Chrysalix RoboValley Fund. Charlie has a strong technology, sales and marketing background and prior to joining Chrysalix worked as a product manager and in business development for several start-ups. Charlie has a PhD in optoelectronics and materials science from the University of Southampton. He also has an MBA from Berkeley where he was a Haas Venture Capital Fellow and a Sainsbury [...]

Stephen Bennington – CEO

When the company started Steve’s role was to do everything that no-one else was doing, from HR to bookkeeping. But now the business has grown he focuses on the fundraising and relationships with investors, and leading and setting the goals for the company’s talented management team. Steve has been running and advising technology businesses for over a decade. Prior to that he was a scientist, designing and building some of the UK’s national science infrastructure and running a research team [...]

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