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Top 4 ventures capital firms you need to know about

Here are 4 venture capital funds you need to know about to fund your start-up, in every sector from AI through to Deep Tech

Amadeus Capital

Mini bio: Amadeus Capital Partners was founded by Anne Glover and Hermann Hauser in 1997 and now has over 23 years’ experience in technology investment. It has raised over $1bn for 18 funds. Amadeus Capital Partners invests across the world from its bases in Cambridge, London, San Francisco and Bogotá focusing on early stage, primary and secondary growth capital and emerging markets. To date, it has invested in over 165 companies.
Regions covered: UK, Europe and Latin America
Fund size: Currently investing out of its fifth-generation deep technology fund, Amadeus V Technology Fund or “AVTF” (currently fundraising with a target of £125m). AVTF invests in Seed and Series A. Amadeus Capital Partners’ other growth funds invest in scale-up companies typically in Series B and onwards.
Types of funding round: Typical investments range from Seed to Series A and it also makes proof of concept investments in start-up companies and can write smaller cheques of anything between £50,000 and £100,000.
Investment range: £50,000 – £3m
Sectors: fintech, insurtech, regtech, digital health and medical technology, artificial intelligence and machine learning, consumer services, digital media, semiconductors and displays, cybersecurity, enterprise software, autonomous systems and human computer interfaces, novel materials and quantum technology.
No. of investments each year: Typically 8-10 companies per year (based on 2019 and year to date 2020)
Previous companies invested in: 165, including ContactEngine, Improbable and Sprout.ai.
No. of successful exits: 66
Website: www.amadeuscapital.com/

Angel CoFund

Mini bio: Launched in 2011, the Angel CoFund (ACF) is a £100m fund which invests alongside sector-smart angel investors across the UK. To date, the ACF has provided over £50m in direct investment alongside more than £300m from business angels and other investors, making it one of the most active early stage investors in the country.
Regions covered: UK
Fund size: £100m funds under management
Types of funding round: Early stage venture
Investment range: £200,000 – £1m
Sectors interested in: High growth potential companies across all sectors
No. of investments each year: 10
Previous companies invested in: 90 including, Ebury, Gousto, BluWireless and Fatmap.
No. of successful exits: 12
Website: www.angelcofund.co.uk/

Antler

Mini bio: Antler is a global venture capital firm enabling and investing in “the world’s most exceptional people building the defining companies of tomorrow”. Through its regional offices across six continents and involvement in all major startup ecosystems, Antler provides institutional access to global venture capital. Fuelled by its proprietary technology and data platform and the world’s largest dataset on early-stage founder success, Antler says it is changing the way early-stage investment decisions are made.
Regions covered: UK
Fund size: £15m
Types of funding round: Pre-Seed
Investment range: £120,000
Sectors interested in: Agnositc
No. of investments each year: 20 – 30
Examples of previous companies invested in: AVID, Blueheart, CloudCycle and Deja.
No. of successful exits: N/A
Website: www.antler.co

Ascension Ventures

Mini bio: Ascension Ventures is one of the most active seed investors in the UK. It has backed more than 100 tech start-ups to date through itx (S)EIS and institutional funds. Beyond its capital, Ascension devotes its operational expertise, resources and extensive network to supporting founders.
Regions covered: UK
Fund size: Ascension SEIS Fund – £1.2m (annual), Ascension EIS Fund – £2.4m (annual), Fair By Design Fund  – £10m, Good Food Fund – £1m
Types of funding round: Pre-Seed to Seed
Investment range: £50,000 – £500,000
Sectors interested in: Agnostic
No. of investments each year: 40
Examples of previous companies invested in: Vidsy, Music Gurus, GetAgent, Percent, Trackd, Edukit, Moteefe, GiveVision, Mutt Motorcycles (partial exit), Rotor, Highbrow, Cloudbounce, Albert (exit), Publish Check, Blokur, Curiscope, Human, Wanderpay, CreativeAI, Entale, Jobskilla, We are Digital, Avuxi, WeGift, Driftrock, Bizzon, Wagestream, Number 8, Mobilus Labs, Switchee, Globechain, Vochlea, Looop, Blyng, iDefigo and ChilliConnect (exit).
No. of successful exits: 3
Website: www.ascensionventures.com/

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