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The ideas and conclusions in this blog are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oxford Capital Partners. They are for general interest only and should not be taken as investment advice or as an invitation to purchase or sell any investment.

UK is an international leader in Fintech record year

  • Ventures
  • Lisa Best

July 2018 saw the publication of the 2018 edition of KPMG's biannual report on 'The Pulse of Fintech'.  This market encompasses technology that is applied in financial services or used to help companies manage the financial aspects of their business...

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Opportunities in Technology SMEs Continue to Grow

  • Private Clients
  • Lisa Best

The UK private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) markets are alive and strong, according to speakers at this week’s Who’s Who at the Zoo event at London Zoo. The event saw investors, investment providers and potential investee companies in the...

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2017 - Looking into the tech crystal ball

  • Ventures
  • Claire Maynard

Along with Christmas jumpers and tinsel, December also brings with it an inbox influx of industry predictions for the coming year. We have sifted through some of the best and come up with our favourite predictions for 2017. TakeawAI This year wil...

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Four reasons we like property tech

  • Ventures
  • Meriwether Beckwith

At Oxford Capital, we are a UK-focused early stage investor. We like to focus on the UK because we are a relatively small team of 8, but also because we believe in the UK's potential as an ecosystem for nurturing and building great tech businesses. ...

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State of the tech market - two sides of the same coin

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • David Mott

Are we in a new tech bubble, or are things different this time? Is the US tech sector signalling the peak of the market and the coming of the next crash? Has the $50bn valuation of Uber caused the first reverberations that will hit the US tech mar...

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Crystal Ball 2015 - tech predictions for the year ahead

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

Each January, technology journalists and industry commentators are keen to share their predictions for the year ahead. What will be the big tech trends and developments in 2015? Here is our round-up of the best of the pundits’ guesses. 1. Smart ...

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The Challenges of Scaling Up: The importance of the human touch

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

The BVCA recently gathered together Venture Capital (VC) and Private Equity (PE) professionals to discuss what everyone in this arena is looking for - high growth. Scaling up is a key stage in the journey to high growth and a panel including Oxford ...

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Telling the Story of the Idea

  • Ventures
  • David Mott

At Oxford Capital, we see over 2,000 potential investment deals per year, equating to more than 70% of industry deals in our investment sector (Crunchbase). Our investment strategy is generalist with a focus on technology, and our investment team is ...

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Digital therapeutics are just what the doctor ordered

  • Ventures
  • Meriwether Beckwith

Meri Beckwith from our Ventures team explains why digital therapeutics are just what the doctor ordered for patients and for global healthcare systems in his article for Techcrunch. Click here to read the article in full....

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British Business Bank Small Business Equity Tracker Report

  • Private Clients , Wealth Managers & Advisers
  • Lisa Best

The British Business Bank (BBB) recently published the latest of its annual Small Business Equity Tracker Report. CEO Keith Morgan again reiterated what we already know; “Often, outside equity investors can bring expertise and guidance as well as f...

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British Business Bank report lauds angel investors

  • Private Clients
  • Lisa Best

In June 2018, the British Business Bank (BBB), along with the UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) published The UK Business Angel Market report.  In it, Keith Morgan, CEO of the BBB states, “angel investors play a vital role in the economy, brin...

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When we went to see Who was Who at the Zoo

  • Private Clients
  • Richard Roberts

Last week saw Crowdfinders and the EISA host the ‘Who’s Who at the Zoo’ event at London Zoo. A variety of speakers, myself included, fed a hungry audience of investors and potential investee companies, some valuable and tasty morsels on the Sta...

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Investee success and involvement beyond the headlines

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Lisa Best

You might not immediately equate luxury car brand Maserati with entrepreneurial spirit and innovation, but the century old company is the result of creative thinking and successful execution. The founding Maserati brothers were hard-working innovator...

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Outplay: A real grower

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Lisa Best

Outplay, the UK’s largest independent mobile developer and Oxford Capital investee company, list of accolades is almost as impressive as its growth rate. So, it’s fitting that it has just been named in London Stock Exchange’s ‘1000 Companies ...

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Why we invested in Wrisk

  • Ventures
  • Will Orde

We’ve recently announced our newest investment, Wrisk, a great insurtech startup we backed this summer, leading a £3.0m super seed round. I’m super excited that we’ve had the opportunity to back the Wrisk founders Niall & Darius as they se...

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On the money: Our investment in Curve

  • Ventures
  • Nadim Lahoud

We are very excited to announce our participation in Curve’s Series A round. Curve is building a money hub that uses an all-cards-in-one Curve MasterCard to enable users to spend from all their accounts, and a mobile app to manage their money in on...

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Why we invested in Red Sift

  • Ventures
  • Nadim Lahoud

We produce huge amounts of data — not just in aggregate on networks synonymous with big data like Google or Facebook — but as siloed users as well. Just have a look at your inbox: Hundreds of messages a day, sent and received, deliverable...

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The Next Generation of Transportation

  • Ventures
  • Miles Kirby

At the end of May, I spent two days at the Connected Car Forum in Monaco. Arranged by Cassandra Harris and her team at VentureSpring, the conference attracted some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts from companies including McLaren Applie...

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Building a portfolio: high potential and early growth

  • Ventures
  • Tom Bradley

At Oxford Capital, we talk about making two types of investment: High Potential and Early Growth. In each of these areas there are common characteristics that we seek – obvious examples would be the strength of the team, the quality of the produ...

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Import.io: Investing in the future of data

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

In January 2016 Oxford Capital announced its investment in Import.io. This company has created a software platform (SaaS, or Software as a Service) that can collate vast quantities of unstructured data from across the internet, and turn it into datas...

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Slush 2015 - Never a better time to be a European entrepreneur

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

On the strength of this year's Slush conference, one of Europe's biggest tech investment events, it's clearly an exciting time for European entrepreneurs to be raising money. Welcome the dark. Embrace the cold. So implored the organisers of Slush....

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Dublin web summit shows a startup scene in rude health

  • Ventures
  • Will Orde

Web Summit is one of Europe's biggest gatherings of startup internet businesses and investors interested in backing them. Will Orde from Oxford Capital spent three days at the summit and couldn't help being struck by the vibrancy of the early stage s...

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Capturing the Value within Distributed Energy Storage

  • Institutions
  • Oxford Capital

The use of energy storage has the ability to improve both power quality and power costs. We argue that locating storage close to end users, in the form of Distributed Energy storage, offers the greatest benefit to both investors and consumers. The i...

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Digital Media. Continued relevance for investors?

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

The Venture Capital industry's interest in digital media has cooled off recently. But there are still good reasons to be interested in the sector. Digital media, encompassing advertising and marketing technologies ('adtech' and 'martech'), has lon...

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How distributed energy can help address the UK's power 'trilemma'

  • Infrastructure , Institutions
  • Ed Reekie

Distributed energy offers the potential for high investor returns whilst addressing the energy 'trilemma' of security, sustainability, and affordability. Historically, the cost of generating power in the UK has been higher than the cost of transport...

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Mobile gaming. Under-invested. Under-valued?

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

The proliferation of mobile phone usage and the move to 'freemium' gaming business models has created opportunities for tech investors. As many market commentators have observed, we are in the latest wave of a computing revolution that really star...

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European unicorns - more common than you might think...

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • David Mott

A new report shows that Europe has produced 40 $1bn companies since 2000, nearly half of which were British businesses. The chances are that you have actually seen several unicorns. In fact, you probably encounter them on a daily basis. When Ailee...

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Rise of the wearables?

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Orde

The tumbling cost of hardware development and manufacture is helping start-ups enter the wearable technology market in droves, and rapid growth is expected. But there are still other technological limitations for the wearables sector to overcome. ...

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European VC is alive and well

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

The general perception of the European VC landscape is often held to be that of a distant poor relation to the freneticism, ambition and volume of the US West Coast. Fig 1. The Finnish PM takes the stage at Slush 2014 for the first day opening a...

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Will you love your Apple Watch, or keep it in a drawer?

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

The noise surrounding ‘wearable technology’ has built to a crescendo with the announcement of the Apple Watch, due to hit the shelves in early 2015. But will this be the moment that wearable technology finally hits the mainstream, or will most co...

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A new dawn for video advertising?

  • Ventures
  • Martyn Holman

MirriAd has announced a partnership with VEVO, an online music video channel that accounts for half of YouTube’s traffic. The deal represents the first step in a potential quantum leap for online digital advertising. Last year Google invested a ...

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Tapes make a comeback

  • Ventures
  • Will Laws

Why Big Data is increasing demand for an ageing technology. We’ve blogged before about Big Data and the Cloud, and it is well known that both markets are growing at an astonishing rate. The darlings of the sectors tend to be the software deve...

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Top 6 predictions for 2014

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

As ever at this time of year, many journalists, industry commentators and other pundits have been busily writing their predictions for the year ahead. Here are six predictions that caught our eye. Impact investing grows up. Impact investing (inve...

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The future of venture capital in Europe?

  • Ventures
  • Oxford Capital

This year’s Slush conference, held in Helsinki, brought some of Europe’s most promising start-ups together with technology giants including Spotify, Alibaba and Rovio. Oxford Capital attended the event, which highlighted the opportunities and ...

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The growth potential for Cloud Computing

  • Private Clients , Ventures
  • Will Laws

Following our investment in Abiquo, a Cloud management software developer, this month we examine the continued growth and investment potential of the Cloud industry. The Cloud Computing market includes many innovative, fast-growing businesses, eac...

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