Octopus is a venture capital investor backing talented teams with the potential to build big businesses. Octopus’ focus is on identifying entrepreneurs and fast growth companies that can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry. The team has a proven track record of helping build exceptional global businesses including graze.com, Secret Escapes, SwiftKey, YPlan, and Zoopla Property Group.
The Ventures team is part of Octopus Investments, a fast-growing UK fund management business with leading positions in several specialist sectors including healthcare, energy and smaller company investing. Founded in 2000, Octopus manages more than £4.7 billion of funds on behalf of 50,000 investors.
Find out more at www.octopusinvestments.com
The South East Seed Fund
The South East Seed Fund is managed by The FSE Group, a regional funding organisation, backed by BIS and privately governed. With access to a breadth of public and private resources, FSE specialises in the identification, funding and development of ambitious businesses with high growth potential.
By providing a unique funding service to these companies across the South East, FSE helps them grow through direct investment. The South East Seed Fund has directly invested £5m in SE companies and has helped them raise a further £100m.
Find out more at www.financesoutheast.com
The Iceni Seedcorn Fund
The Iceni Seedcorn Fund was established under the University Challenge Fund scheme to help commercialise innovation and technological development derived within the partner institutes; the University of East Anglia, the University of Essex, the John Innes Centre, the Sainsbury Laboratory, the Institute of Food Research, and Plant Bioscience Limited. The Fund was established in 2002 and to date has invested in ten spin-out companies and licensing opportunities.
For further information please visit www.icenifund.com
The Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s national innovation agency. Their goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. The Technology Strategy Board is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB), established by the Government in 2007 and sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).
The activities of the Technology Strategy Board are jointly supported and funded by BIS and other government departments, the devolved administrations, regional development agencies and research councils.
For futher information: www.innovateuk.org
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
The Company has undertaken a project as part of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) programme 2007-13 to support “low carbon economic growth”, and part of the funding will be provided from European Union funds.
For more information please visit: http://ec.europa.eu