Enterprise Tech Ventures – UK Landscape

Enterprise Tech Ventures – UK Landscape

Background At Beacon Capital, our investment thesis focuses on early stage enterprise tech ventures. We have created a (first draft) representation of the landscape as we see it, and hope that this will serve as an interesting starting point for discussion. In our experience, many startups in enterprise tech find it difficult to reach the […]

Grand Visionaries or Piecemeal Tacticians?

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Grand Visionaries or Piecemeal Tacticians?

I was asked recently to speak at an Imperial College Enterprise Lab event on whether, as an early stage VC, I thought successful entrepreneurs are grand visionaries or piecemeal tacticians. VISION The ability to summon a big, paradigm shifting vision is often touted as the edge that successful tech entrepreneurs have over mere mortals. In […]

NowWeComply and Kamanchi annouce commercial partnership

NowWeComply and Kamanchi annouce commercial partnership

Beacon Capital portfolio company NowWeComply and Kamanchi (a Nasstar PLC company) have announced a partnership to provide recruitment companies in the UK with intelligent automation technology that allows them to become more efficient when managing recruitment candidates, streamline recruitment compliance, and drive down candidate costs. The partnership will bring the NowWeComply platform to the recruitment market, and […]

Venture Capital 2020: UK vs US

Venture Capital 2020: UK vs US

This is based on data analysis we did at Beacon Capital (see acknowledgements at the end of this post) and it was first presented by Chris Mairs, CBE, FREng, and Beacon Capital Venture Partner, in his keynote speech at our event “London Tech Venture Capital: An Asset Class for Global Investors”, on November 18th 2015. […]

Azimo Raises $15M from Rakuten to expand into Asia

Azimo Raises $15M from Rakuten to expand into Asia

Beacon Capital portfolio company, Azimo, has raised $15 million led by Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten as the start-up looks to expand its presence in Asia. The funding round brings Azimo’s total amount raised to $40 million to-date. Existing investors eVentures, Frog Capital, Greycroft, Accion and MCI also contributed to this round of funding. To date, Azimo makes most […]

Portugal Ventures partners with Beacon Capital for London launch

Portugal Ventures partners with Beacon Capital for London launch

Portugal’s largest technology investor today announced it has opened an office in London to help its portfolio companies expand and internationalise. Portugal Ventures, a Lisbon-based VC with €400 million in assets, said it has entered into a strategic partnership with London-based VC, Beacon Capital. Beacon Capital will advise Portugal Ventures’ companies on strategy to scale […]

Trailblazing Women: Marta Krupinska, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Azimo

Trailblazing Women: Marta Krupinska, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Azimo

Marta Krupinska (Linkedin), co-founder and managing director of Beacon’s portfolio company Azimo has recently given an interview as part of a series on Trailblazing Women role models from around the world. It first appeared at Global Invest Her which hosts these exclusive interviews and later made its appearance at Huffington Post.  Marta is a living inspiration and […]

Sliding Down the Deal Funnel

Sliding Down the Deal Funnel

and catching a glimpse of the chequered flag. Most, if not all, VCs optimize their deal funnel for (their own) efficiency. The objective is to quickly identify the “NOs”, track the progress of the “MAYBEs”, and focus on the “LIKELYs” to decide whether to issue a term sheet or not. How do our numbers break […]

Jumping into the Top of the Deal Funnel

Jumping into the Top of the Deal Funnel

And how to work your way around the guillotine Last week we kicked off with a blog post on the cyclicality of the 1600 investment opportunities that we received in 2015 and, amongst other things, we challenged the myth that August is a ‘dormant month’ for VCs and entrepreneurs. Your feedback was a mixture of […]

Ometria: On the Challenges of Entering the Age-Old Retail Industry

Ometria: On the Challenges of Entering the Age-Old Retail Industry

The way in which retailers take consumers to the point of sale continues to evolve. Real Business spoke with rising UK SMEs with innovative ideas to discuss the challenges of entering an age-old industry with a new proposition. Beacon Capital portfolio company, Ometria, is one such retail innovation out to change the industry. A customer insight […]

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