Playfair Capital

Playfair Capital is an early stage investment fund founded in 2011 by Federico Pirzio-Biroli. From our London headquarters, we invest in both consumer and enterprise technology-driven startups around the world driven by founders with the passion and capacity to disrupt a burgeoning market on a global scale. We’ve backed companies across the UK, Europe, the US, and Africa. We invest on a level playing field to our entrepreneurs, and provide them with the financial, operational, and strategic support required to realise their bold visions for the world. We also operate a co-working space in London, Warner Yard, which is home to a dozen early stage technology startups, the London outpost of the Techstars accelerator, and a collaborative Angel and institutional investor floor.
TypeInvestor
HQLondon, GB
Founded2011
Size (employees)7 (est)
Websiteplayfaircapital.com
Cybersecurity ratingAMore
Playfair Capital was founded in 2011 and is headquartered in London, GB

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Key People/Management at Playfair Capital

Chris Smith

Chris Smith

Managing Partner
Joe Thornton

Joe Thornton

Partner
Federico Pirzio-Biroli

Federico Pirzio-Biroli

Founding Partner & Chairman
Simon Blakey

Simon Blakey

Chairman of the Investment Committee
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Playfair Capital Office Locations

Playfair Capital has an office in London
London, GB (HQ)
8 Warner Yard
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Playfair Capital News and Updates

Playfair Capital, the U.K.-based seed firm, announces $32M second fund

Playfair Capital, the U.K. seed investor, has raised a new $32 million fund to continue investing in promising early-stage tech startups. The VC firm, founded by in 2013 by Federico Pirzio-Biroli, who is fund II’s sole LP, is an early investor in the likes of Stripe, Ravelin, Thought Machine, Crypto…

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Playfair Capital hires three new members for its London based team

New Associate, Analyst and Office Manager mark a significant investment and vote of confidence in the early-stage startup ecosystem despite Covid-19Following a period of sustained growth since launching Fund II in March 2019, Playfair Capital is bolstering its team in London with three new hires.Top…

Our response to the coronavirus: part 3

TL;DR We’re excited to be returning to the office three days a week from 1st September. Why? We’ve got several new joiners, the team loves spending time with each other and our founders (and it’s good for our mental health and wellbeing), and we want to do our bit to support local businesses in Cler…

Female Founder Office Hours — What we did, what we learned, what’s next

Female Founder Office Hours — What we did, what we learned, what’s next 🌍Across two events — June 4th and June 24th — Playfair Capital and Tech Nation hosted 800 one-on-one office hour meetings for 200 female founders with 60 VCs. It’s the largest event of its kind for female founders across the UK…

Why I joined Playfair Capital & what my internship has been like so far

In January this year, I joined Playfair Capital as an Off-cycle Analyst on the investment team.Why start with VC?In the long term, I would like to be involved in enabling the most exciting inventions or research to reach millions of people and ultimately change how we see the world. It could be in s…

Female Founder Office Hours Event 2: Meet the Investors Part III (ft.

Female Founder Office Hours Event 2: Meet the Investors Part III (ft. GMG Ventures, KEEN Venture Partners, Sure Valley Ventures & YFM Equity Partners)On June 4th, we held the third edition of Female Founder Office Hours.We saw 100 founders and 34 VCs from the UK’s leading funds come together for…

Female Founder Office Hours Event 2: Meet the Investors Part II

Female Founder Office Hours Event 2: Meet the Investors Part II (ft. Ananda, Edenred, Founders Factory, JOIN Capital, The Side by Side Partnership & TVC)On June 4th we held the third edition of Female Founder Office Hours.We saw 100 founders and 34 VCs from the UK’s leading funds come together f…
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Playfair Capital Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was Playfair Capital founded?

    Playfair Capital was founded in 2011.

  • Who are Playfair Capital key executives?

    Playfair Capital's key executives are Chris Smith, Joe Thornton and Federico Pirzio-Biroli.

  • How many employees does Playfair Capital have?

    Playfair Capital has 7 employees.

  • Where is Playfair Capital headquarters?

    Playfair Capital headquarters is located at 8 Warner Yard, London.

  • Where are Playfair Capital offices?

    Playfair Capital has an office in London.

  • How many offices does Playfair Capital have?

    Playfair Capital has 1 office.