We focus on businesses that serve sophisticated B2B enterprise clients in very large markets, have validated demand through pilots or early commercial revenues (for software), or have proven the hypothesis in the biotech / engineering space.

We aim to invest in companies that solve pressing societal problems - e.g. optimisation of industries, efficient use of resources, health diagnostics. Equally important, we do not invest in ventures that promote consumerism and social media exposure (e.g. advertising), speculative assets (e.g. crypto tokens), or traditional non-tech enabled businesses (e.g. property).

We invest primarily in the UK and Europe, with a minority allocation for USA and Asia.

What we focus on

Technology & business model // We focus on companies that serve a B2B clientele and innovate in:

  • Enterprise software (>75% of investments)
  • Biotech (>15% of investments)
  • Engineering and scientific space

Sector // We invest in businesses that impact large fundamental sectors, such as:

  • Industrials and Manufacturing
  • Healthcare
  • Communication and data management
  • Defence and aerospace
  • Construction
  • Clean energy
  • Mobility
  • Agriculture
  • Financial services

Geography // We concentrate on ventures in the UK and Europe, with a minority allocation for USA and Asia.

Typical deal

We back early disruptors at seed stage and follow-on with meaningful capital in subsequent rounds. We personally invest in every deal we syndicate.

Seed // We write $200-500k 1st checks at seed stage post a thorough DD process. Typical deal profile:

  • Launched product/service (software) or proven hypothesis (biotech/hardtech), demonstrated market demand, core team
  • >30x exit potential in 3-7 years
  • Up to $5m round size
  • Minority stake (5-20%)
  • Lead or co-invest with VCs
  • Follow-on rights
  • Board, observer or advisory positions (optional)

Follow-on // We provide follow on capital of up to $3m over subsequent rounds. Typical deal profile:

  • Advanced commercial revenues with reputable clients (post PMF), demonstrated unit economics
  • >10x exit potential in 1-3 years
  • Up to $30m round size
  • Follow reputable lead VCs, usually at same terms

What we look for

  1. Team with deep subject matter expertise, drive, perseverance, and a demonstrated ability to attract and empower talent (established and ready to scale and/or identified near-term hires)
  2. Defensibility
    1. Deep, complex technology
    2. IP or trade secrets
    3. Proprietary data and know-how
    4. Uniquely skilled team
    5. Advanced traction and market share that creates a significant time advantage over competition
  3. Very large fundamental markets
  4. Traction
    1. Enterprise software – launched product or service and evidence of market demand from a sophisticated B2B clientele (e.g. pilots with paid customers, early commercial revenues, or customer engagement)
    2. Biotech – proven hypothesis / pre-clinical trials stage (e.g. animal models)
    3. Engineering & science – completed R&D process, launched MVP, evidence of market demand (e.g. pilots)
  5. Profitable and scalable unit economics
  6. Clear and achievable 18-month plan with milestones and cash requirements
  7. Institutional or strategic participation (preferred)
  8. If UK-based, S/EIS qualifications (preferred)

What to expect in our DD process

A rigorous and collaborative DD deep dive // Our due diligence process takes 2-6 weeks and will be focused on following areas:

  1. Team (interviews, references)
  2. Product / service DD, including IP (expert assessments)
  3. Market and Competition
  4. Commercial DD (business plan assessment, reconstruction of financial projections)
  5. Customer interviews (2–3 customer IVs)
  6. Investor interviews (prior investors, co-investors)
  7. Confirmatory DD (accounting, legal, HR)

What we bring

  • Capital // We invest in 2-6 new deals per year and provide follow-on capital. We lead or co-invest alongside VCs
  • Commercial expertise // We are entrepreneurs turned investors. Once we are in, you can call us anytime to simply bounce ideas or dive deep into any particular issues you are facing
  • Network // We provide a bridge between Europe, USA, and Asia and our network includes experts, angel groups, and early stage VCs. We are part of the Chicago Booth venture ecosystem