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Investments

94

Portfolio Exits

10

Funds

4

About Episode 1 Ventures

Episode 1 Ventures is a venture capital firm with a focus on early-stage investments in the software industry. The company specializes in providing pre-seed and seed funding to B2B software startups, aiming to guide them towards a successful Series A round. Episode 1 Ventures engages with startups for the long-term, offering support and building relationships from the outset of the entrepreneurial journey. It was founded in 2013 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

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112-116 New Oxford Street 4th Floor

London, England, WC1A 1HH,

United Kingdom

+442076111014

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Latest Episode 1 Ventures News

UK VC firm Draper Esprit backs Seedcamp and Episode 1 Ventures

Oct 16, 2017

Share this post: UK venture capital firm Draper Esprit has invested in Seedcamp, a backer of tech startups including Transferwise ; and Episode 1 Ventures, which invested in Zoopla , Lovefilm and Betfair. The move is part of Draper Esprit ’s wider strategy to invest up to £75m in top Seed funds across Europe over the next five years. Additionally, the London-based VC firm will continue to invest approximately £100m a year in technology companies at Series A, B and C+ rounds. Today’s news comes after UK VCs  aired concerns about a potential funding freeze from the European Investment Fund (EIF) in the aftermath of last year’s Brexit referendum. Reshma Sohoni, co-founder and managing partner of Seedcamp commented: “At Seedcamp there is a key ingredient of our model that gives us a performance edge. That ingredient is our LPs and we choose them carefully. We strive to bring on experienced Angels, top-tier VCs, active corporates and knowledgeable family offices and Fund of Funds around the table. “With Draper, we are thrilled to get a double combination – both a top-notch VC who will be able to invest at Series A and beyond in our companies and is a fund of funds business with relationships we can benefit from. We are honoured to be one of the first investments from their new fund of funds.” Simon Murdoch, managing partner of Episode 1, went on to say: “We’ve known Draper Esprit for many years and are excited to be working with them again. As a leading Seed fund our role is to find and accelerate UK startups helping them to become the sort of rapidly growing businesses that Draper Esprit want to invest in and grow to global success stories.” Simon Cook , CEO at Draper Esprit, which has also backed crowdfunding platforms Seedrs and Crowdcube, added: “By partnering with the best Seed funds, we can help them scale up their series A and B funding rounds more quickly, which in turn will accelerate growth for the most ambitious entrepreneurs. “We have a number of pools of capital to back leading entrepreneurs and to deploy across the different funding life cycles of fast-growing technology companies. External investors both institutional and private can use our evergreen listed venture capital model to access, on a pooled basis, the top Seed funding platforms, screened and picked by our experienced team. This gives them exposure to a very important asset class on a pooled portfolio approach; giving a degree of risk mitigation, with added liquidity and without them having to sift through and pick individual seed funds themselves.” Cook also highlighted the need for UK investors to continue having access to the early-stage investment opportunities post-Brexit. “Having established itself as a leading hub for technology entrepreneurs from all over the world, the UK needs to keep supporting all stages of venture funding. Draper Esprit is building a business of scale, partnering with leading institutional and private investors, to support and benefit from high growth private technology companies across Europe,” he concluded. Interested in finding out more about the latest industry deals? Check out our UK tech investment tracker .

Episode 1 Ventures Investments

94 Investments

Episode 1 Ventures has made 94 investments. Their latest investment was in Sable Bio as part of their Pre-Seed on February 06, 2024.

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Episode 1 Ventures Investments Activity

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

2/6/2024

Pre-Seed

Sable Bio

$1.88M

Yes

2

2/1/2024

Pre-Seed

Sentify

$1.1M

Yes

500 Emerging Europe, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

2

1/22/2024

Series B

Sano Genetics

$11.4M

No

1

11/7/2023

Series A

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$99M

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10

10/18/2023

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

Date

2/6/2024

2/1/2024

1/22/2024

11/7/2023

10/18/2023

Round

Pre-Seed

Pre-Seed

Series B

Series A

Seed VC

Company

Sable Bio

Sentify

Sano Genetics

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Amount

$1.88M

$1.1M

$11.4M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

Yes

No

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Co-Investors

500 Emerging Europe, and Undisclosed Angel Investors

Sources

2

2

1

10

10

Episode 1 Ventures Portfolio Exits

10 Portfolio Exits

Episode 1 Ventures has 10 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was FatMap on January 24, 2023.

Date

Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

1/24/2023

Acquired

$99M

17

12/3/2021

Acquired

$99M

8

11/10/2021

Acquired

$99M

2

2/23/2021

Acquired

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$99M

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10

5/26/2020

Acquired

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$99M

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10

Date

1/24/2023

12/3/2021

11/10/2021

2/23/2021

5/26/2020

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

17

8

2

10

10

Episode 1 Ventures Fund History

4 Fund Histories

Episode 1 Ventures has 4 funds, including Episode 1 Fund III.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

2/6/2024

Episode 1 Fund III

$95.41M

1

12/1/2017

Episode 1 Fund II

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$99M

10

10/8/2013

Episode 1 Fund

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$99M

10

11/1/2001

Chase Episode-1

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$99M

10

Closing Date

2/6/2024

12/1/2017

10/8/2013

11/1/2001

Fund

Episode 1 Fund III

Episode 1 Fund II

Episode 1 Fund

Chase Episode-1

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Amount

$95.41M

$99M

$99M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

10

Episode 1 Ventures Team

5 Team Members

Episode 1 Ventures has 5 team members, including current Founding Partner, Damien Lane.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Damien Lane

Octopus, Octopus Ventures, and Motion Equity Partners

Founding Partner

Current

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Name

Damien Lane

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Work History

Octopus, Octopus Ventures, and Motion Equity Partners

Title

Founding Partner

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