Episode 1 Ventures

Episode1 Ventures is a London based venture capital fund set up to invest in early-stage technology companies based in the UK. It was created with a mixture of public and private money, including backing from a number of entrepreneurs including Alex Chesterman of Zoopla Property Group. It is one of the UK Government's Enterprise Capital Funds – set up to support fund managers who invest in small, high-growth businesses. The £12.5 million of private investment was matched with £25 million of public money.

Episode 1 Ventures invests in seed and Series A rounds of up to £2m in software-driven businesses with the potential to transform industries. We’ve been entrepreneurs ourselves so provide a frank and fast approach to investing and we like to play a very hands-on supportive role in growing the businesses we back. We look for entrepreneurs with relevant experience ambitious to change their sector. We like to see that they can hire world-class talent and delegate to them effectively, and that they really know the customers and understand the problem.

We also like entrepreneurs that are data-driven. But above all we like people with passion and ambition, that can execute at speed and overcome significant hurdles along the way. We are building a portfolio of companies that are using software technology to disrupt their chosen marketplaces. It is a diverse group across a range of industries, but with two common themes – a great founder and a big market. We also like to invest once a company has launched their product and has some clients we can reference. Revenues are usually from zero to £50k per month when we first invest. We like to play an active role in helping the companies that we invest in, at least until our companies have secured one or more later financing rounds. We want to help entrepreneurs turn their early stage ventures into fast growing companies built to grow into significant and valuable entities. We see every investment as a partnership. Indeed, we share our office with a number of portfolio companies so we work very closely with them.

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HQLondon, GB
Size (employees)8 (est)
Cybersecurity ratingAMore
Episode 1 Ventures was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in London, GB

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Key People/Management at Episode 1 Ventures

Simon Murdoch

Simon Murdoch

Managing Partner
Paul McNabb

Paul McNabb

Managing Partner
Adrian Lloyd

Adrian Lloyd

Carina Namih

Carina Namih

Damien Lane

Damien Lane

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Episode 1 Ventures Office Locations

Episode 1 Ventures has an office in London
London, GB (HQ)
4th floor, 112 New Oxford St, Fitzrovia
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Onboarding, Shmonboarding!

So, does this sound familiar? You’ve been through the hoops of struggling to recruit. Candidates who you thought would be great were offered other roles in other businesses before you had the chance. You’ve wasted hours of your limited time coordinating interviews going back and forth, back and fort…

What we mean when we say it’s too early

Being transparent At Episode1, we make a point of being open with the entrepreneur. Where possible, we will explain why we’re not investing as this will help them hone future pitches. Some reasons we wouldn’t invest are: you’re addressing too small a market; the product/tech is not defensible, or th…

In the ‘Hot seat’ with Daniel Scott

This week’s hot seat interview is with Dan Scott, formerly co-founder and COO of Airsorted, excitingly for us Dan will now be spending time with E1 as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Back when Dan first pitched us several years ago, we knew he was the caliber of founder that we love to back. We are ex…

Supply Compass

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Leading vs Managing – understanding the difference

Tight budgets and even tighter timelines mean startups today have to be laser-focused and efficient – every person counts because every £ counts. This isn’t a place for complex hierarchies and managers tucked away in offices. With limited resources and never-ending to-do lists, founders have to swit…
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Episode 1 Ventures Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Episode 1 Ventures founded?

    Episode 1 Ventures was founded in 2013.

  • Who are Episode 1 Ventures key executives?

    Episode 1 Ventures's key executives are Simon Murdoch, Paul McNabb and Adrian Lloyd.

  • How many employees does Episode 1 Ventures have?

    Episode 1 Ventures has 8 employees.

  • What is Episode 1 Ventures revenue?

    Latest Episode 1 Ventures annual revenue is £1.8 m.

  • What is Episode 1 Ventures revenue per employee?

    Latest Episode 1 Ventures revenue per employee is £221.6 k.

  • Where is Episode 1 Ventures headquarters?

    Episode 1 Ventures headquarters is located at 4th floor, 112 New Oxford St, Fitzrovia, London.

  • Where are Episode 1 Ventures offices?

    Episode 1 Ventures has an office in London.

  • How many offices does Episode 1 Ventures have?

    Episode 1 Ventures has 1 office.