Leading venture capital specialist
Octopus is home to one of Europe’s largest venture capital teams, with £1.9 billion of funds under management (at 30 June 2023), 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.
Octopus Ventures backs pioneering unusually talented entrepreneurs daring to reimagine the future of B2B software, climate tech, consumer tech, deep tech, fintech and health, 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.
In the news
Deep Tech – What you need to know and why the sector is increasingly attracting family offices
In Family Capital’s latest podcast episode, deep tech specialist Zoe Reich from Octopus Ventures highlights two promising deep tech businesses addressing water scarcity and biodegradable plastics.
Podcast on Family Capital
UK venture capital: spinning out for success
Academic research produces excellent technology and medical firms, but the funding is not always available to take things further.
Coverage in IPE
What’s New In Investments, Funds? – Pacific Asset Management, BNP Paribas, Others
The latest news in investment offerings, financial products and other services relative to wealth advisors and their clients.
Coverage in Wealth Briefing
Octopus Investments launches £40m deep tech pre-seed fund
Octopus Investments has launched a £40m deep tech venture capital fund that will back pre-seed startups in the UK and Europe.
Coverage in UK Tech News