Kero Development Partners

How we work

Kero invests in innovative engineering technologies that solve real world problems.

We seek opportunities based on promising, patented/patentable ideas, with a committed core team.
We provide experience, mentorship and assistance with the management of growth and the development of your technology.

Investment Process

We make prompt decisions about each opportunity we evaluate

A quick, efficient investment process is our aim. We will ask for a full and frank early disclosure of key information to facilitate due diligence and move expediently to complete the investment.

What We Look For


Technology that can make a real difference


A passionate, committed and well-balanced core team of inventors or entrepreneurs with realistic plans and expectations


We invest in opportunities where we can add value, by bringing relevant experience as well as funding


Patented/patentable technology


Above all, we are looking to invest ethically; in technologies that will benefit society and the environment

Our Services

What we can do


We understand the importance and challenges of properly funding innovation and growth and have the resources and flexibility to provide effective solutions

Strategic Insight

We work closely with you to understand your goals and aims, and develop a strategy to succeed

Build Value

Exit planning can be complex. We use our experience and network to reach the well deserved financial benefit for all shareholders

Accounts & Bookkeeping

As part of your day to day team Kero helps with the company secretarial, bookkeeping and accounts work. This enables you to focus on building value

Intellectual Property

Together with our professional advisors we help develop IP strategies that will protect your ideas and technology and “set the bar”

Operational Support & Management

We provide Support and Management to run the business efficiently and professionally. We assist in hiring new team members and handling contracts


Our current investments

Microtech Ceramics

Invested: £1.25m

A university spin-out company possessing a novel substrate manufacturing process.

Kero’s investment will support the qualification of technology opening up opportunities for significant improvements to engine emission system performance.

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Manchester BioGel

Invested: £0.75m

A company which provides bespoke peptide hydrogels to the life sciences and biotech sectors. Manchester BIOGEL is rooted in technology from the University of Manchester.

Kero’s investment is enabling the Company to build a strong customer focussed team so that it can develop the commercial applications of its cutting edge product.

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Read what our investees have to say about Kero:

"I was impressed with Kero’s approach from the outset. They are passionately excited by the potential of my technology and also understand that engineering projects can experience bumps along the way! Following the investment Kero helped me to move premises, finance a significant capex plan, hire my new team and put proper governance into my Company."

Ben Kingsbury, CTO MicroTech Ceramics

"The Kero team are now a big part of our business and having such quick and easy access to such experienced business leaders is helping us to make better decisions on a daily basis."

Prof. Aline Miller, COO Manchester BIOGEL

Our story

We are Kero

Kero was founded in 2017 by Roger Doo and Keith Jones following their exit from Henrob, a global engineering business that Keith had set up to develop and exploit an innovative fastening technology.

Since established, Kero has bolstered its team with several key appointments. In addition to technical expertise, Kero now boasts significant capabilities in corporate finance, operations and financial management overseen by Rob Winkler, our Managing Director.

Kero aims to provide the kind of empathetic support that Roger and Keith would have liked during the early stages of their entrepreneurial journey.

We will be actively involved: as part of a Kero investment our investee companies get access to hands-on contributions as well as to mentorship and advice from Keith, Roger and Rob, plus a wider associate group.

Meet the Team

We are Kero

Keith Jones


Roger Doo

BSc ACGI CEng MIMechE Technical Director

Ciaran Doherty

FCCA Finance Director

Steven Malone

BA FCCA Investment Manager

Corina Ogea

Data and Financial Controller

Gillian Fleming

Investment Associate

Hannah Upton

Finance Assistant

Contact Us

If you have an opportunity which you'd like to
bring to our attention, our contact information is as follows:

01244 515 579
07405 572 538

Riverside Innovation Centre
1 Castle Drive