Octopus Ventures

The Ventures division of Octopus Investments, manages £250m in venture capital assets. We are focused on the UK; have £100m to invest in the next three years; and can invest from £250k to £5m in early stage and growth companies. We are generalists preferring to back exceptional entrepreneurial teams rather than specific sectors and over the last 12 years we have invested in many great entrepreneurs, including the team behind LoveFiLM; Zoopla; Graze.com; Calastone and ITM Power PLC. We look for capital efficient businesses which can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry.

Although we come from different professional, industry, and scientific backgrounds, we share a real passion for business. We are committed to our companies. We view our management teams both as partners and customers. We bring considerable experience and expertise to our companies along with no small amount of ambition, energy, resolve and creativity. We also understand just how difficult it is to create and grow a business. It's not just about having a great idea and a capable team: having a network of contacts and real world experience to draw upon counts for as much. That's why we have been building both an informal and a formal network for over a decade. The latter, the Octopus Venture Partners, now numbers in excess of 100 businessmen, leaders of commerce, and entrepreneurs. The Venture Partners co-invest with Octopus on every investment and it is a unique and invaluable resource for our companies to draw upon.