A bit like waiting for a London bus, you wait forever to pitch a London VC, and then eleven turn up at once.
In what appears to be somewhat unprecedented, and perhaps signals a new era of co-operation, eleven London VCs have joined forces to hold shared office hours this Wednesday, offering a fantastic opportunity for local startups to (finally) get in front of and pitch to a VC.
Almost the entire London VC scene will be presented, including the likes of Index Ventures, Balderton Capital, Accel Partners, and Eden Ventures, along with newer VCs on the block, such as Passion Capital, and EC1 Capital (see full list below). What’s most noteworthy, however, aside from this unusual (and slightly nauseating!) VC love-in, is that each firm is being represented at Partner or Principal level. In other words, by the people that actually make the decisions.
The office hours are being held at White Bear Yard, this Wednesday October 24, between 2-4pm. Slots are still available — ten minutes each — so I suggest that if you’re a local startup or can make it to London, you grab one quickly.
The full list of VCs represented is as follows:
Passion Capital (all 3 partners)
Index Ventures (principal)
Notion Capital (partner)
Eden Ventures (partner)
Connect Ventures (2 partners)
EC1 Capital (partner)
I’m told that the idea of a joint office hours on such a scale, came about when Index Ventures and Passion Capital began talking about doing something together and it escalated from there. Of the well-known London VCs, notably missing in action is DFJ Esprit, though I’m assured this is purely down to calendar availability and that we can expect more combined office hours in the future, with one already being planned for December 11th.
Index Ventures is a leading venture capital firm specializing in investments in information technology and life sciences companies. The firm invests in seed, early and growth stage start-ups across US and Europe. Since its inception in 1996, Index Ventures has backed visionary entrepreneurs who have taken on incumbents and built seminal companies in a number of growth sectors including: open source software companies such as MySQL, Trolltech, Zend and Pentaho; broadband and VOIP companies such as Virata, Skype, FON and...
Passion Capital is a partnership of entrepreneurs and operators applying our experiences to helping founders and early-stage teams build great digital media/technology companies. We are Stefan Glaenzer, Eileen Burbidge and Robert Dighero. We have been personally involved in the largest European technology exits of the past decade, including the biggest exits of the year for 4 of the past 10 years by market value (Ricardo.de acquired by QXL, Skype purchased by Ebay, Last.fm acquired by CBS, and QXL/Tradus acquired by...
Balderton Capital is the leading venture investor in the EU… Balderton has a track record of helping entrepreneurs build substantial businesses – with more $250m+ exits in the past five years than any other European venture firm. We have backed over 100 entrepreneurs in the last decade, and continue to look for outstanding entrepreneurs who share our passion for disrupting large markets and building long-lasting, great companies. We invest early stage, but, with nearly $2 billion of committed capital, we have the...
Notion Capital is a venture fund and advisory business that focuses on early to mid-stage growth businesses in the Internet based services sector. They create value by helping companies to accelerate their growth through financial injection combined with strategic and operational participation.
Eden Ventures invests in technology companies in the telecommunications software, enterprise software, digital media, e-commerce, internet and mobile sectors in the UK and Ireland.
Connect Ventures is a venture capital fund investing in early stage Internet and mobile businesses. We are based in London but invest throughout Europe. We take a hands-on approach to investing by helping companies scale quickly and providing our expertise on product,marketing, and financing strategy. As a small and focused fund, we are able to move quickly and give our portfolio companies the time and attention they deserve.
EC1 Capital is an early stage £10m investment fund that invests in web technology related startups. EC1 Capital has an initial investment range of between £50k-£200k in seed and early stage companies EC1 Capital is run by an entrepreneur and we like to mentor, connect and contribute to our portfolio companies in any way we can so that everyone has a successful outcome. EC1 Capital is based in the EC1 area of London, otherwise known as ‘Tech City’ and has a preference...
Playfair Capital is run by founder Federico Pirzio-Biroli. PlayFair Capital is a London based investment firm, primarily investing in seed level, early stage technology-based startups. PlayFair is interested in big data, mobile, and developing country oriented, philanthropically minded ventures. Playfair has £3.3 million of capital and has invested £1 million. Coompanies: Duedil, Flattr, OnDevice Research, Mobius Motors, Mixlr, Stratajet, Fourth & Main. Investments span between £25,000 and £300,000, for anything between 6 per cent and 30 per cent equity in each...
Accel Partners is a global venture capital firm with offices located in Silicon Valley, New York, London, China, and India. They typically make multi-stage investments in internet technology companies. Founded in 1983, Accel Partners has a long history of excellence and innovation in the venture capital business and is dedicated to partnering with outstanding entrepreneurs and management teams to build world-class companies. Accel today invests globally using dedicated teams and market-specific strategies for local geographies, with offices in Palo...