We are the UK's leading digital venture builder

Our approach to transforming industries has always been the same. We identify high growth sectors, typically undergoing some market, technology or regulatory discontinuity, and look to build scalable platforms that satisfy a real customer need. We aim to build profitable companies, with sustainable business models.

25

Years building ventures

62

Ventures built

£600m

Equity raised into portfolio companies

£1.5b

Assets under management

£400m

Portfolio sales

3000+

Portfolio employees

4

Global offices

We are venture builders, not venture capitalists

We invest more than just funds; we invest our knowledge and experience, our ideas and our infrastructure.

Working alongside entrepreneurs and co-founders, we support our ventures from startup to scale to exit, giving them access to the global networks and services they need to grow.

This support is bolstered by the innovative partnerships we forge with big businesses. Our digital expertise helps our ventures be more agile, while our partners' global scope helps them scale faster.

2023

No-code GenAI platform for businesses

Launched by IntentPro

2022

B2B Lead & Revenue Intelligence Platform

Digitising Health Records

2014

Marketing Intelligence Platform

2004

Provider of IT and digital transformation services

2003

Online Hotels Exchange

Sold to Investcorp in 2011

2001

Voice Recognition

Sold to Syntellect in 2005

2000

Business Requirements Tool

Sold to Compuware in 2004

Media Production Exchange

Sold to EMAP in 2002

1998

Internet Services

Rebranded into Agilisys in 2004

1999

Online Package Holidays

Sold to Tui in 2001

Online Wine Retailer

Sold to Fosters in 2001

Internet Dating

Sold to Match.com in 2001

2019

Mobile English Test and Certificate

Awarding Organisation – End-point Assessment

2018

Apprenticeship Provider

Acquired by Avado in 2018

2016

Professional Academy

2014

Digital Learning

Rebranded into Avado in 2016

2013

Peer learning platform

2010

Online Vocational Education

Rebranded into Floream in 2014

2011

Credit Strategies, Fund Management

2010

Credit Fund Manager

Acquired by BCI Capital in 2017

2022

Spend Management Platform

2020

Financial wellbeing provider

Acquired by Salary Finance in 2020

2018

Digital Mortgage Platform

Digital Debt Advisor

Merged with OpenWrks in 2020

2017

Open Data Credit Management and Affordability Applications

Acquired by Oakbrook in 2022

2015

Workplace Finance Platform

The Embedded Payments Platform

Financial Services Marketplace

Exited in 2023

2014

SME Information & Finance Platform

Rebranded into OpenWrks in 2017

2013

Embedded Finance Platform

2011

Consumer Finance and Technology Provider

2007

Prepaid Card Platform

Sold to Wex in 2012

2004

IVA Provider

Exited in 2007 (Clear Start was Acquired by FairPoint)

Debt Management Services, Platforms & Tools

Sold to Equifax in 2014

2022

Seamless Travel Booking

South African Premier League Francise

Launched by the Royals Sports Group

2021

Caribbean Premier League Franchise

Acquired by Royals Sports Group in 2021

Sports & Media Investment Platform

2017

Research Discovery Platform

2015

HR, Accountancy/Finance and Digital Marketing online media platforms

Acquired by Contentive in 2015

Next Generation Record Label

2013

Music Rights & Social Network

Rebranded into Instrumental in 2015

Online Finance media platform

Acquired by Contentive in 2013

2012

B2B Marketplace

2008

Global Sports Franchise

Indian Premier League Cricket Franchise

Sports & Media Investment Platform

Rebranded into Emerging Media Ventures in 2021

2004

DVD Rights Management

Sold to Warner Music in 2007

2020

Scale Space

2014

Coworking Space

Rebranded into Scale Space in 2020

2012

Property Management

Rebranded into Accelerate Places in 2014