Cambridge startup community mourns the loss of Alan Cowley – Business Weekly

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The Cambridge startup community is mourning the sudden loss of entrepreneur Alan Cowley who died just short of his 35th birthday in tragic circumstances.
Son of Cambridge Angel investor Peter Cowley, Alan was working at local VC firm Martlet Capital at the time of his passing; he was a valued member of a small and close-knit team.  
Alan was born in Huntingdon, moved to Cambridge in 2004 and after leaving Edinburgh University in 2007 spent some years travelling, working as a ski instructor in Canada and seeing Central America, India, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. 
Medical reasons led to his return to the UK, to a diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis, and then an economics degree at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. 
This was followed by his request for a part-time job with his father Peter whilst he studied for a remote M.A. at SOAS. The timing was excellent, as Peter was planning to share his experience as an entrepreneur and angel investor with others.
Peter and Alan co-founded the Invested Investor, which Alan ran for nearly three years, producing and publishing two books and 75 podcasts, with a total audience of around 10,000.
After working closely together with his father for nearly three years, Alan wanted to move on with his career and, after looking at teaching, operations and Venture Capital, chose to join Martlet. This meant that he continued to work with entrepreneurs, enjoying their passion and novel ideas. It proved an environment in which Alan truly flourished and where he was highly thought-of.
Peter Cowley said: “Alan was a wonderful young man, always interested in other people and ready to help anyone. He was smart and fun-loving, affectionate and kind.
“We will never know quite what beset his troubled mind when he decided to take his own life. All we know is he will be forever missed by his family and so many friends and colleagues, to whom he gave so very much in his short life.”
• The family have set up a fund to raise awareness and help combat the incidence of suicide, particularly amongst young men. If you wish to donate, please visit
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