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Eight Roads

Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups

19

Companies backed

30%

Follow-on investments

11%

Investments outside of London

14

Growth-stage investments

Key sectors

Building & Construction Creative, digital, film, games & media Defence & security Engineering / Advanced Engineering Environmental Science & Technology Farming, fisheries & forestry Finance Food & drink Healthcare Impact ventures / Social Impact Life Sciences & Biotech Manufacturing / Advanced Manufacturing Professional services Technology & Communications Transport & Logistics

Eight Roads provides venture and growth-stage capital, investing in technology and healthcare companies that are in their scaleup phase.

With its origins stretching back to 1969 as Fidelity Ventures, the firm has its head office in London with other offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Mumbai, Tokyo, Hamilton, Boston and Stockholm. Eight Roads invests in companies based in Europe, US, India, Japan and China.

It has backed 19 UK companies since 2014. Out of all these investments, the majority have been into London-based companies with the average size of its investment round being £33.1m. Notable UK scaleups in which the firm has invested include Deliveroo, MADE and notonthehighstreet. In the past year it has invested in online ordering business Slerp, surgical AR Proximie, and eco-laundry Smol, as well as the savings app Moneybox.

The firm says that it backs founders “with high conviction” and is selective about the number of investments it makes. Its principal investment team takes a patient capital approach which it says is appropriate for the long development times for healthcare companies, particularly in therapeutics. It offers guidance on a range of topics such as building sales teams, accessing new export markets through its online platform and also hosts international market events for portfolio companies. 

                       

Eight Roads website