The three partners behind the fund are Simon Murdoch, Damien Lane and Adrian Lloyd. The fund invests between £250,000 and £2 million in up to thirty early-stage companies.
The team at Episode 1 Ventures previously made early investments in a number of technology businesses including Betfair (which is now listed on the London Stock Exchange and has a market cap of over £1.3 billion), LoveFilm (which was sold to Amazon.com in 2011), Natural Motion (which was sold to Zynga in 2014), ScanSafe (which was sold to Cisco Systems in 2009), Shazam and Zoopla (which is also listed on the London Stock Exchange).
Episode 1 was created with a mixture of public and private money, including backing from Alex Chesterman of Zoopla Property Group. It is one of the UK Government's Enterprise Capital Funds – set up to support fund managers who invest in small, high-growth businesses. The £12.5 million of private investment was matched with £25 million of public money.
Two of the three partners – Simon Murdoch and Damien Lane – previously worked at Octopus Investments.
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