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Index Ventures

Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups

61

Companies backed

34%

Follow-on investments

10%

Investments outside of London

52

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

Describing itself as “a distributed, global company,” Index Ventures is an international venture capital firm with dual headquarters in San Francisco and London. It invests in technology-enabled companies with a focus on e-commerce, fintech, mobility, gaming, infrastructure/AI, and security. 

Between January 2014 to June 2021, the firm invested £1.6bn in 61 UK companies in 93 funding rounds. Index will invest up to £50m for growth-stage companies; the average size of its investment round into UK companies since 2014 is £17.7m. 

In the past 12 months, it has supported scaleups such as online flower seller Bloom & Wild, recruitment software company Beamery, online used car platform Motorway, and apprenticeship tracking service Multiverse. 

In announcing three funds in 2021 that amount to over $3.1bn, the firm argues that “what used to be venture capital’s primary product – capital – is no longer its main selling point. The next generation of entrepreneurs is looking for expertise and personal relationships with their investors, where we become partners, advisors, mentors and coaches.” 

The firm also produces Index Resources, comprising guides, podcasts, plans and playbooks for companies seeking to expand into the US and Europe, as well as a guide to stock options for rewarding talent.

                       

Index Ventures website