Scale-Up Programmes

Octopus Titan VCT

Octopus Titan VCT is the UK’s largest Venture Capital Trust (VCT) with £120m raised last year and £300m in assets under management. It is an exemplar of how the wider VCT industry has the potential and capacity to provide assistance to all stages of scaleup growth.

Typically investing small amounts at the start, Octopus Titan VCT looks to commit more money as companies develop.  The primary focus is to develop existing holdings of companies in the portfolio by investing more when they need it and so enabling companies to scale to their full potential. The portfolio consists of approximately 50 early stage companies with the potential for significant growth.  

Octopus Titan offers rapidly scaling businesses access to follow-on funding to promote significant growth, enabling high-growth companies to scale without the distraction or delay of seeking other funding sources whenever they require a further £5m.

The firm’s wider network of Venture Partners provides hands-on help, practical advice and professional connections to other portfolio companies and industry experts both in the UK and overseas. These Partners include around 90 entrepreneurs, including the founders of businesses such as Innocent Drinks and Betfair, along with senior managers of larger multinational corporates such as Google and Virgin.

Octopus is working with other leading organisations in the finance community, including the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA), to champion entrepreneurship.  

Octopus recognise that to really scale companies you need to have international connections – as a result they have opened an office in New York focused entirely on helping the portfolio to successfully scale in the US. Venture Partners in San Francisco, Singapore and Shanghai are leveraged to help companies scope, test and enter new markets.

Corporate connections for portfolio businesses are facilitated by Octopus that include senior managers from companies including Google, PayPal UK, Virgin, Vodafone, IBM and Paddy Power.

www.octopusinvestments.com

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