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BGF Ventures is invested in early-stage entrepreneurs with bold ambitions

We believe venture capital should serve entrepreneurs. That’s because we’ve been in your position. We’ve founded companies, built companies, sold companies. And we’ve had our fair share of failures along the way. So, we have the same attitude, ambitions, experiences and scars. And we try to work with the respect, empathy and honesty that entrepreneurs deserve.

What we look for

We invest in entrepreneurs who are building something important – something that with the right investment and long-term support, might even change the world.

We’re searching for the brightest, boldest founding teams with the vision to create the iconic, industry defining companies of the future.

If you’re an early-stage UK or Irish company with promising traction and vast ambitions, we can invest £1m-£6m – and more in subsequent rounds – to help you succeed.

What we offer

Funding for high-growth ventures

With £200m to invest, we are the largest UK and Ireland-focused venture fund.

We invest for the long term and can provide further funding as the company continues to grow.

Investment of £1m-£6m

We invest for a minority equity stake (typically 10%-20%) in companies we believe can scale exponentially.

With a seat on the Board, we offer guidance and expertise yet you, the founders, stay firmly in control.

Deep pool of capital

Backed by BGF’s balance sheet of £2.5bn, we can make long-term, flexible investments and offer further capital as the company continues to grow.

Our financial firepower allows us to offer flexible investment structures tailored to individual business.

Access to our network and support

We have an unparalleled international network of founders, sector experts, board-level non-executives.

We’re on hand to help - drawing on our experience as founders ourselves and from 100+ previous investments among our team. We benefit from the reach and resources of BGF, with 150+ people and ten offices in the UK & Ireland.

News and insights

November 2017 | Investment news

Trouva lands $10m to help independent boutiques thrive

Trouva (www.trouva.com), the curated marketplace for the UK’s ‘hidden gem’ homeware and lifestyle brick and mortar boutiques, today announces that …

Wendy Tan White joins BGF Ventures as partner

Wendy Tan White MBE, one of the UK’s best known entrepreneurs and angel investors, is joining the venture capital arm …

April 2017 | Investment news

BGF Ventures backs Triptease

Triptease, a travel SaaS start-up that provides a platform to hotels seeking to increase direct bookings, has raised $9 million …

June 2017 | Investment news

BGF Ventures leads funding round for AimBrain

AimBrain, the world’s most advanced biometric identity as a service platform, has secured Series A investment of £4million, led by …

March 2017 | Investment news

BGF Ventures backs Streetbees

Streetbees, a global research platform that is being used by the world’s biggest consumer companies, has raised $5.1 million in …