Octopus Ventures

Octopus Ventures

A venture capital and private equity firm investing in technology, business services, communications, education, financial technology, healthcare, infrastructure, property, security, retail and travel and leisure companies.

Octopus Ventures is a venture capital and private equity firm investing in technology, business services, communications, education, financial technology, healthcare, infrastructure, property, security, retail and travel and leisure companies. The firm is headquartered in London, England, was founded in 2000, and has offices in New York City, New York, San Francisco, California, Singapore, and China.

The firms typical investments include up to £1 million in seed funding, up to £5 million for series A funding, and up to £25 million in follow-on investments. As of March, 31 2019 the firm has approximately £1.2 billion under its management and has over 70 companies in its portfolio. Notable investments made by Octopus Ventures include: Elvie, Depop, Big Health, Graze.com, Eve, Magic Pony, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, Swiftkey, Swoon Editions, tails.com and Zoopla Property Group.

Investment funds

Growth fund

On April 8, 2019 Octopus Ventures announced raising an £83 million growth fund to support companies previously receiving investment from Octopus Ventures. The firm will be using the fund to support companies involved in healthcare technology, financial technology, advanced manufacturing, internet of things (IoT), robotics, and artificial intelligence.

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Funded Companies

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Description
Industry
Website
Location
Antidote.me

Antidote.me closes the gap between clinical trials and patients

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Elvie

Elvie is a London-based consumer electronics company making sexual health and pregnancy products for women.

Health
London
Multiply (company)

A financial services company that has created a platform for freelancers to manage their finances. It is located in London, England and was founded in 2016.

Machine learning
London
WaveOptics

A technology company designing and manufacturing diffractive waveguides for augmented reality devices.

Manufacturing
England
Memrise

Online learning tool with courses created by its community

Education
London
BridgeU

Higher education
Token (company)

Token is a blockchain and software development company creating an API that enables banks and third parties to have PSD2 compliance, aggregate data, and make direct bank payments.

Payment system
San Francisco
Appear Here

Appear Here is a real estate company.

Real estate
Medisafe

A company offering a medication management platform that gives insight into patient behavior.

Elderly care
Massachusetts
Sofar Sounds

Sofar Sounds is a music company founded by Rafe Offer.

Music
Unmade

Customizable knitwear fashion company

Software
London
Ometria

Ometria is a customer marketing platform that enables retailers to send personalised, relevant marketing messages throughout the customer lifecycle.

Customer relationship management (CRM)
London
Jolt (education technology company)

Jolt is a Tel Aviv-based education technology company offering courses for consumers and professionals in micro-campuses across the world.

Higher education
Illinois
Elliptic

Company

Bitcoin
Mush (company)

Mush is an online social platform that enables mothers to meet other mothers with kids the same age.

Mother
London
Olio

Olio is a London-based sharing company working to solve the problem of food waste and hunger.

Food
London
Artesian Solutions

Finance
Cazoo

Cazoo is a platform that enables consumers to buy and rental car online.

E-commerce
London
ThoughtRiver

ThoughtRiver is a London-based artificial intelligence company.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
London
SLAMcore

SLAMcore is a London-based company founded by Jacek Zienkiewicz.

Computer Vision
London
Seatfrog

Seatfrog is a London-based company.

User experience design
London
vHive

vHive is an Israel-based company.

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Israel
BehavioSec

Artificial intelligence (AI)
Stockholm
The Plum Guide

The Plum Guide is a London-based company.

Hospitality
UltraSoC Technologies

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Natasha Lomas
September 7, 2020
TechCrunch
ThoughtRiver, a London-based legaltech startup that's applying AI to speed up contract pre-screening, has announced a $10 million Series A round of funding led by Octopus Ventures. Existing seed investors Crane, Local Globe, Entrée Capital, Syndicate Room, and angel investor Duncan Painter also participated in the round. The UK startup is one of a number applying [...]
Mike Butcher
February 11, 2020
TechCrunch
London's tech scene is playing musical chairs. In people news from the investors scene, the UK's Angel CoFund (ACF) has now made two key appointments to the team and board. Former ACF Chairman George Whitehead moves to the position of Partner. Alliott Cole, the current CEO of Octopus Ventures, joins the fund as non-exec Director. [...]
Natasha Lomas
November 11, 2019
TechCrunch
New research commissioned by UK VC firm Octopus Ventures has put a spotlight on which of the country's higher education institutions are doing the most to support spin outs. The report compiles a ranking of universities, foregrounding those with a record of producing what partner Simon King dubs "quality spin outs". The research combines and [...]
Graeme Burton
November 4, 2019
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee's privacy-focused Inrupt startup secures £5m investment
Jonathan Shieber
October 28, 2019
TechCrunch
With $1.3 billion in assets under management and a $280 million early-stage fund that closed in 2018, Octopus Ventures is carving out a niche for itself in healthcare investments in the U.S., the U.K. and Asia. One of the key members of the Octopus team is Will Gibbs, an investor with the firm since 2013, [...]
Mike Butcher
September 23, 2019
TechCrunch
Back in 2017 Ometria, an "AI-powered" customer marketing platform raised $6m in Series A funding to add to the $11m it had already raised. Its platform is all about allowing retailers to send individually personalized marketing messages across several brand touchpoints. Today it's announced that it's raised $21m in a Series B funding led by [...]

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