Octopus Ventures is one of Europe’s largest venture capital teams with over £600 million funds under management across an impressive portfolio of more than 50 companies. They provide investors access to returns from some of Europe’s fastest growing businesses, all with the potential to transform the industries they’re in.
The team backs unusually talented entrepreneurs and is best-known for supporting tech-enabled businesses including: Zoopla Property Group, Secret Escapes, Graze.com, Calastone, SwiftKey, Vision Direct, Magic Pony and many more.
Based in London and New York, the team is establishing a growing presence in the US and Asia. The team’s reputation for being transparent, fair and entrepreneur-friendly gives it access to the best investment opportunities. With a deliberate balance of skills and a collegiate ethos, it has a track record of turning these opportunities into exceptional global businesses. Over time this has created a virtuous circle where the best management team repeatedly return to Octopus for funding. A significant part of their portfolio now consists of referrals from teams they have already invested in or serial entrepreneurs who have been backed previously. Visit Octopus Ventures.
Keep in mind that our investments place capital at risk, and investors may not get back the full amount they invest. Past performance is not a reliable guide to future results.
Example portfolio companies
Early-stage growth companies often need more than just access to funding. Post-investment, value creation is underpinned by:
- Board seats: on-going board representation maintains our relationship with, and deep understanding of, the management teams.
- Venture Partners: portfolio companies can call on a unique resource of hands-on entrepreneurs and business experts with specific expertise in areas such as sales, overseas growth, talent and finance.
- Global expansion: a presence in North America and Asia helps portfolio companies as they look to build and expand their own presence in these regions.
Meet the Ventures team