VC Fund

We fund early-stage startups with non-equity seed capital. Each year, we receive over 60 applications, analyse their business plans, and interview them to assess their potential. The best startups are then invited to pitch their ideas at our final round events, where we invite a panel of expert judges.

So far, we have funded over £30,000 to a wide range of startups including biotech, mobile apps, investment platforms, coding education, consumer goods, smart furniture, fashion retail, and more.

Statistics

Applications

270+

Interviews

170+

Investments

23

Committee

2016/2017

Jonas Ivinskis

Raffi Chobanyan

Htet Htet Aung

George Imafidon

Sihan Huang

2015/2016

Bartu Kaleagasi

Jonas Ivinskis

Clara Ricard

Emma May

2014/2015

Henry Scott-Green

Bartu Kaleagasi

Victor Chan

Rio Hodges

2013/2014

Henry Moulton

Tristan Al-Shehab

Gabriel de Messiac

2012/2013

Edvard Nore

Will Jones

Will Hines

Judge Panel

  • Wellington Partners

    Venture capital firm with over €800 million and offices in London, Munich and Zurich. Focuses on technology, life sciences, and digital media.

  • Profounders Capital

    Venture capital firm with a focus on early-stage companies operating in the digital media and technology space.

  • Piton Capital

    Venture Capital firm based in London. Focuses on online businesses with network effects.

  • Google

    No description needed.

  • Playfair Capital

    Venture capital firm based in London with investments in both consumer and enterprise technology-driven startups around the world.

  • Charlotte Street Capital

    Venture Capital firm based in London with a focus on early-stage investments.

  • Citymapper

    Mobile app which uses travel data to determine the best route for your journey.

  • YPlan

    Platform which uncovers the best events in your city every day.

  • Startup Funding Club

    Organisation for SEIS Funds, Angel Investing, Mentoring, and Advisory Startup Services.

  • Car Throttle

    Online platform for car enthusiasts.

  • TechStars

    Startup Accelerator with programs in London, New York, Boulder, Boston, Seattle, San Antonio, Austin, and Chicago.

  • Social Chain

    One of Europe's largest marketing campaign platforms.

  • Debut

    Mobile platform for student and graduate career opportunities.

  • UBlend

    Platform for university-based events.

  • Dressipi

    Platform for personalised fashion shopping.

  • UCL Advances

    UCL's centre for entrepreneurship.

Final Rounds

February 2016

Dr. Will's

Dorian

Spherical Defence

ROCO

Nightly

Sparkflats

December 2015

Kickabout

Polkuni

Know it Wall

Comitas

MindClash

Maskology

February 2015

Codeaton

Microjet Tech

Backpack Consulting

TeamUp

InvestRequest

Perfeq

December 2014

TeamTourist

Greenseed

AceUni

Angelic Wines

A&S Food Box

 

February 2014

RunTroll

Tutor Mapper

HARP

MakeSense

Scholarbox

December 2013

Grandad's Kitchen

Real Funds

CocosOffice

Candlewick Candles

 

Startup Portfolio

Success Stories

Dr. Will's

  • Produced hundreds of bottles - 3 sauces

  • Placed in grocery stores all around London

  • Launched website shop for online orders

  • Kickabout

  • Received £18k additional funding

  • Launched on iOS and Android

  • Organised the Kickabout Cup football tournament

  • Spherical Defence

  • Featured in Business Standard article

  • Contacted by companies including HSBC

  • Received acknowledgment from Prime Minister Modi's office

  • TeamTourist

  • Launched web platform

  • Destinations: Barcelona, Rome, Venice, Athens, Budapest, Paris, Dubrovnik, Pisa

  • Shortlisted for Richard Branson's Virgin competition

  • Comitas

  • Received funding from angel investor

  • Participated in Kickstart London accelerator

  • Participated in UK Cabinet Office's Innovation Hub

  • Accepted to KPMG Startup Mentoring Program