Connect Ventures

Connect Ventures

Connect Ventures is a venture capital firm specialized in investments in seed, startup, series A, and early-stage companies.

Company Overview

Connect Ventures is a venture capital firm specialized in investments in seed, startup, series A, and early-stage companies. They are passionate about the power of product to transform people's lives, on a massive scale. They fundamentally believe that products made with love and loved by many are crucial factors for success and scale. So they have created a distinctive VC firm that is singularly focused on founders who are instinctive about the product.

History

Connect Ventures was founded in 2012 by Pietro Bezza and Bill Earner. The firm typically invests in mobile, internet, and digital media sectors. The firm typically invests in companies based throughout Europe. The firm prefers making investments between £0.20 million ($0.32 million) and £1 million ($1.60 million) in its portfolio companies. It also makes follow on investments through later stages of financing. The firm can either invest alone or along with other investors or as a syndicate. Connect Ventures is based in London, United Kingdom.

Their investment size ranges from £300K-£600k. They are also careful to maintain enough cash in reserve to participate in follow-on funding rounds.

Investments

Connect Ventures has made 62 investments. One of their investments was on Dec 11, 2018, when they invested €1.7M in Accountable.eu. Connect Ventures has raised a total of $91.8M across two funds, one of them being Connect Ventures Fund II. This fund was announced on Mar 1 2016, and raised a total of £50M.

Connect Ventures is a new venture capital fund investing in early-stage Internet and mobile businesses. They are based in London but invest throughout Europe. They take a hands-on approach to investing by helping companies think through what they need to do to scale quickly and by offering our expertise on product and marketing strategy.

They invest in mobile, Internet, and digital media businesses, areas where we have previous, proven expertise. They invest at an early stage and focus on seed investments. They allocate enough capital to follow their investments through later stages of financing as companies grow.

The firm typically invests in companies that operate in mobile, internet, and digital media sectors throughout Europe. It also makes follow on investments through later stages of financing. The firm can either invest alone or along with other investors or as a syndicate.

Timeline

December 11, 2018

Accountable.eu

€1.7M.

March 1, 2016

Connect Ventures Fund II

£50M.

Funded Companies

Company
Description
Industry
Website
Location
Memgraph

Memgraph is an in-memory Cypher-compatible graph database.

A software company that uses artificial intelligence to automate legal contract creation. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2017.

Biomedical Artificial Intelligence company developing products for early cancer detection in the breast.

Intelligent, distributed & reproducible big data & genomics analysis at scale. Zero onboarding. Zero config.

Customizable knitwear fashion company

Engaging Care is a healthcare company.

Soldo is a London-based company founded by Andrea Gerosa, Carlo D'Acunto, Carlo Gualandri and Andrea Gaudenzi.

homie.rent is a London-based company founded by Alex Eid.

Pact is an e-commerce company founded by Stephen Rapoport.

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People

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LinkedIn

Bill Earner

Founder

Keji Mustapha

Employee

Mark Pettit

Employee

Pietro Bezza

Founder

Sitar Teli

Founder

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JD Alois
November 9, 2020
Crowdfund Insider
Click HERE to find out ⭐ Fintech for Fashion: Purple Dot Raises £1.35 Million Seed Round. | Crowdfund Insider: Global Fintech News, including Crowdfunding, Blockchain and more.
Mike Butcher
November 6, 2020
TechCrunch
In recent times startups have appeared offering credit at an e-commerce basket checkout so that a customer can buy a product without needing to pay right away. Klarna or Clearpay are the two most notable in this field. But what if you flipped the model around so that consumers could buy the item at a [...]
Mike Butcher
November 6, 2020
TechCrunch
In recent times startups have appeared offering credit at an e-commerce basket checkout so that a customer can buy a product without needing to pay right away. Klarna or Clearpay are the two most notable in this field. But what if you flipped the model around so that consumers could buy the item at a [...]
Steve O'Hear
July 7, 2020
TechCrunch
Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform announced a new $80 million fund last month to continue investing in "product-led" founders. Launched back in 2012, when there was a shortage of institutional capital at seed stage in Europe and micro VC was a novelty in the region, [...]
FinSMEs
June 30, 2020
FinSMEs
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Jenna D'Illard
June 25, 2020
Crunchbase News
As a first or early-stage investor, Connect has helped several tech startups build well-known European businesses.
Jonathan Shieber
June 25, 2020
TechCrunch
New Enterprise Associates has launched a new investment initiative with the Hollywood talent agency Creative Artists Agency. The new partnership, called Connect Ventures, said it will identify and accelerate the growth of early-stage, consumer-focused businesses formed in the wake of the global pandemic. In a world where everything is a commodity and nothing is more [...]
Steve O'Hear
June 25, 2020
TechCrunch
Connect Ventures, the London-based seed-stage VC that was an early investor in Citymapper and Typeform -- and more recently backed scaling startups such as Curve and TrueLayer -- is announcing a new $80 million fund to continue investing in "product-led" founders. Backing the new fund is a combination of existing and new LPs including Top [...]
Steve O'Hear
March 5, 2020
TechCrunch
Emma, the personal finance management app that bills itself as your best "financial friend," has raised $2.5 million in seed funding. Connect Ventures led the round, with participation from Ithaca Investments, Tiny.vc and existing investor, Aglaé Ventures. The fintech previously raised $700,000 in angel funding in June 2018. Launched in the U.K. in early 2018 [...]

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