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Notion [Annual Review 2020]

Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups


Companies backed


Follow-on investments


Investments outside of London


Growth-stage investments

Key sectors

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

Notion specialises in making seed and Series A investments and has an $80m growth fund to provide later-stage follow-on capital for portfolio companies. The fund invests exclusively in the European enterprise tech and B2B SaaS sectors. Notion is located in London and invests across Europe, with the majority of its portfolio being UK-based.

The firm typically invests between $3m-$5m. Notable scaleups include Topia, FiveAI, Go Cardless and Currency Cloud. The average size of its investment round into UK companies since 2013 is £8.75m.

Over the past four years, the firm has conducted an annual Net Promoter Score survey to gather feedback from founders and CEOs in the portfolio – as a consequence of the last survey, the firm is focusing its efforts on building up its relationships with international VCs, particularly those in the US, to support the expansion strategies of its portfolio companies.

Notion has pioneered the launch of Included, a 12-month programme designed to offer access for under-represented communities to the venture capital industry. The programme received more than 1,000 applications for 30 places and a VC learning pathway will be launched in January 2021. The firm has also gained Level One status in the Diversity VC Standard for diversity and inclusion.

Notion [Annual Review 2020] website