About Us

Our team


We are early-stage investors who take a hands-on role to ensure long-term success. 

We are entrepreneurs and funders, operators and investors. We have raised money, run businesses and grown operations. 

Based in London and Oxford, our team has deep experience in finance and fundraising strategies, entrepreneurship, business growth and angel investing.

Our mission


Our mission is to support a network of entrepreneurs developing very early-stage, insight-driven, science-led businesses.

We work in partnership to develop concepts and business models. We provide early capital and fundraising advice. 

Our entrepreneurs are academics and researchers, driven by insight, evidence and the desire to make a difference. We are neutral on sector and business model, preferring to look at the right markets and right individuals.

The New Atlantis


"The New Atlantis" was a novel by Sir Francis Bacon that described a future society based on knowledge and discovery.

First published in 1627, it anticipated the modern research university. Bacon's writing led to the formation of scientific societies like the Royal Society. 


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We have huge ambition for the businesses we work with. 

Our approach to start-up investing is underpinned by four key beliefs:

  1. The world needs more innovation. Start-ups bringing innovative ideas and intellectual property to life is a smart way to tackle the biggest challenges in the world. There is long-term value in these ideas.
  2. Building things is difficult. Start-ups are fragile and easily broken. Entrepreneurs need resources, support and access to networks as they build sustainable businesses around their insights.
  3. Early choices matter. Entrepreneurs need guides to help them avoid the obvious mistakes. Most start-ups fail to realise their potential, often because early choices reduce future choices.
  4. No-one succeeds alone. Trust is everything and team dynamics are crucial. Smart capital beats dumb money, so partners and investors need to be chosen carefully.

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Learn more about our mission, our philosophy and how we work with early-stage ventures by downloading our white paper.