Ventures

Leading venture capital specialist

Octopus is home to one of Europe’s largest venture capital teams in Octopus Ventures, with over £1.2 billion of funds under management (at 30 June 2020), and a strong track record of backing successful entrepreneurs in global markets.

The world of business is rapidly changing. High growth small businesses are disrupting markets at an astonishing pace. We provide investors access to potential returns from some of the world’s fastest-growing businesses, all with the potential to transform the industries they’re in.

Our approach

Octopus Ventures backs pioneering unusually talented entrepreneurs daring to reimagine the future of health, money and deep tech, and supports them as they grow from early-revenue to exit.

To date we have backed the founding teams of nearly 100 companies including Zoopla, Secret Escapes, Elvie, Depop, Sofar Sounds and Cazoo. Some of our portfolio companies have gone on to join forces with the world’s largest businesses including Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Twitter.

The Octopus Ventures team is based in London and New York with venture partners in San Francisco, Singapore and China. The companies we back become a part of this network, with access to a formidable resource of experience and expertise.

Our reputation for being transparent, fair and entrepreneur-friendly gives us access to the best investment opportunities. Over time, this has created a virtuous circle where the best management teams repeatedly return to Octopus for funding.

Other investment capabilities

Interested in ventures?

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If you are interested in investing into talented entrepreneurs, or other alternative investments, we would love to hear from you. Please do contact us to arrange a time for further discussion.

Chris Hulatt - Founder Octopus Group
Mark Williams - Co-Head of Institutional Funds
Penny Chedzey - Institutional Funds Analyst
Semi Kim - Institutional Funds Investor Relationship Manager (Korea)
Jason Bermont-Penn - Institutional Funds Distribution Associate
Institutional Funds Distribution Manager