Octopus Ventures

Quit Genius closes $11m Series A to help millions conquer Tobacco, Opioid and Alcohol addictions | PR Newswire | 3/19/2020

SAN FRANCISCO , March 19, Quit Genius, the personalized digital therapeutic for addictions, today announces that it has raised a further $11 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Octopus Ventures , one of Europe’s most active early-stage investors, with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health, Triple Point Ventures, Serena Ventures and Venus Williams , amongst others. Quit Genius replaces conventional low-intensity telephonic cessation support with a personalized …

Addiction focused startup Quit Genius scores $11M in Series A funding | MobiHealthNews | 3/19/2020

The round was led by Octopus Ventures with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. March 19, 2020 Share Yesterday morning addiction focused digital therapeutic Quit Genius scored $11 million in Series A funding. Octopus Ventures led the round with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. This brings the company’s total funding pot to $13.5 million. WHAT THEY DO The company is geared …

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Quit Genius raises $11 million | 3/19/2020

Quit Genius Quit Genius raises $11 million Quit Genius, the YC-backed startup that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help people quit smoking and vaping tobacco products, has announced an $11 million Series A round led by Octopus Ventures , with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. Founded in 2017, Quit Genius is led by doctors Yusuf Sherwani, Maroof Ahmed and Sarim Siddiqui who made the decision …

Quit Genius closes $11m Series A funding | 3/19/2020

Quit Genius, the personalised digital therapeutic for addictions, has announced that it has raised a further $11 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Octopus Ventures , one of Europe’s most active early-stage investors, with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. The new financing builds on the $2.6M seed round that drew investment from Serena Ventures, an early stage investment firm founded by …

Quit Genius raises $11M Series A to expand into opioid, alcohol addiction treatment – TechCrunch | 3/18/2020

Jordan Crook @jordanrcrook / 23 hours Quit Genius , the YC-backed startup that uses cognitive behavioral therapy to help folks quit smoking and vaping tobacco products, has today announced the close of an $11 million Series A round. The new funding was led by Octopus Ventures , with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. Quit Genius was built by doctors — Yusuf Sherwani (co-founder and CEO), Maroof Ahmed …

Octopus Ventures’ Nick Sando on Fintech Valuations and Building a Great VC Team | 3/16/2020

One of the best ways to take the temperature of an industry is by talking to those helping fund it. Our conversation at FinovateEurope last month with Nick Sando, a member of the Future of Money team at Octopus Ventures , was a great opportunity to find out what venture capital is focusing on in 2020. Octopus Ventures is one of the largest VCs in Europe and invests primarily in seed …

New Research Shows Global Mental Health Investment Topped $750 Million In 2019 | Forbes | 2/24/2020

In January 2020, Octopus Ventures , one of the largest early stage investors in Europe and backers of mental-health-tech company Big Health, published results of new research showing that in 2019, VC investment in mental health technology reached £580 million ($750 million). Their study utilised the latest data from Pitchbook, covering 1,541 companies, 3,779 deals and 3,859 investors to detail an increase in global funding from £120 million ($156 …

Biohacking and the future of health and Longevity - Longevity.Technology | 2/14/2020

… of $1 million. Seed and Series A level start-ups from MedTech, digital health, biotech and healthcare will pitch to a panel of experts at Biohacking Congress, including Uzma Choudry, PhD, an investor at Octopus Ventures . With more than £1 billion under management today, Octopus Ventures started out as a generalist Venture Capital (VC) firm, but in recent years has focused on three key pillars of investment: Deep Tech, Future …

Changing Face of UK VC 2020: Uzma Choudry | 2/12/2020

Techworld spoke to former research scientist Uzma Choudry earlier this year about her unusual journey into the venture capital industry, which started out at Octopus Ventures in 2018, where she now works as an early stage-VC investor focusing on deep tech startups. Below is a lightly edited transcript of our discussion from the video interview. Hannah Williams, online editor at Techworld : I’d like you to just tell me a …

London’s Angel CoFund boosts its team and board with two key hires | TechCrunch | 2/11/2020

London’s tech scene is playing musical chairs. In people news from the investors scene, the UK’s Angel CoFund (ACF) has now made two key appointments to the team and board. Former ACF Chairman George Whitehead moves to the position of Partner. Alliott Cole, the current CEO of Octopus Ventures , joins the fund as non-exec Director. The Angel CoFund is a VC fund designed to co-invest alongside syndicates of …

London’s Angel CoFund boosts its team and board with two key hires | Yahoo News | 2/11/2020

London’s tech scene is playing musical chairs. In people news from the investors scene, the UK’s Angel CoFund (ACF) has now made two key appointments to the team and board. Former ACF Chairman George Whitehead moves to the position of Partner. Alliott Cole, the current CEO of Octopus Ventures , joins the fund as non-exec Director. The Angel CoFund is a VC fund designed to co-invests alongside syndicates of …

London’s Angel CoFund boosts its team and board with two key hires – TechCrunch | 2/11/2020

… scene, the UK’s Angel CoFund (ACF) has now made two key appointments to the team and board. Former ACF Chairman George Whitehead moves to the position of Partner. Alliott Cole, the current CEO of Octopus Ventures , joins the fund as non-exec Director. The Angel CoFund is a VC fund designed to co-invests alongside syndicates of sector-smart angel investors. It’s therefore completed more than £50m in total investment …

Global investment in mental health technology tops $750M: 3 notes | Becker’s Hospital Review | 2/4/2020

Total investments in digital mental health startups around the world have increased nearly fivefold in the span of just five years, according to a new report from early-stage investor Octopus Ventures . Three things to know: 1. Global mental health technology investment reached about $756 million in 2019, according to Octopus Ventures ’ analysis of Pitchbook data, compared to the $156 million invested in the sector in 2014. 2. During the …

Global investment in mental health technology surges above half a billion pounds | MobiHealthNews | 2/3/2020

But the sector still makes up just 15% of overall investment in the digital health market. February 03, 2020 Share Investment into mental health technology has boomed, reaching £580 million in 2019, according to a study by early stage investor Octopus Ventures . The research , based on analysis of the latest Pitchbook data, shows an almost five-fold increase in mental health tech investment in the last six years, rising from …

How Queen’s Belfast became the UK’s best spinout university | 11/11/2019

… A number of these universities have recently established partnerships with venture funds to improve access to early investment, including Imperial College’s work with Imperial Innovations and Oxford’s alliance with Oxford Sciences Innovations (OSI). The Octopus Ventures research shows that Oxford has produced a lot more spinouts since OSI was set up in 2015, but the university will have to wait to sell these businesses to profit from this partnership. “As …

Fitness startup Katalyst raises $5.6M for Peloton-like electrified workout experience | 11/7/2019

… an at-home workout experience that uses full-body electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), a training technique that’s popular in countries such as Germany, Japan and Brazil. The round was led by London-based investor Octopus Ventures , whose partner Jo Oliver sits on the startup’s board. Katalyst CEO Björn Woltermann. (Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media Photo) Katalyst’s business model is similar Peloton, the maker of virtual spin classes and fancy stationary bikes …

Amplience appoints Daffern as board chairman | PE Hub | 11/1/2019

… Direct, Liberty London, Mulberry, Nelly, Otto and Boohoo benefit from our specialized content and experience management solutions. For more information on the Amplience platform including Dynamic Content and Dynamic Media, please visit www.amplience.com. About Octopus Ventures Octopus Ventures helps pioneers change the world. The pioneers we back dare to reimagine the future of health, money and deep tech. With £1.2 billion under management, Octopus Ventures is one of the largest …

Amplience Appoints Industry Leader Pete Daffern as Chairman | PR Newswire | 11/1/2019

… Media, please visit www.amplience.com . About Octopus Ventures Octopus Ventures helps pioneers change the world. The pioneers we back dare to reimagine the future of health, money and deep tech. With £1.2 billion under management, Octopus Ventures is one of the largest VCs in Europe . Our typical investment is from £1 million for Seed to £5 million for Series A and we can follow our investment from a few hundred thousand …

Amplience Raises USD 10 Million to Drive Further Market Expansion and Growth in Headless Commerce | Markets Insider | Business Insider | 10/29/2019

… information please visit www.clpgrowth.com About Octopus Ventures Octopus Ventures helps pioneers change the world. The pioneers we back dare to reimagine the future of health, money and deep tech. With £1.2 billion under management, Octopus Ventures is one of the largest VCs in Europe . Our typical investment is from £1 million for Seed to £5 million for Series A and we can follow our investment from a few hundred thousand …

Octopus Ventures’ investment strategy includes ‘taboo’ healthcare startups | TechCrunch | 10/28/2019

Octopus Ventures’ investment strategy includes ‘taboo’ healthcare startups Subjects once deemed too sensitive to discuss have huge potential markets Jonathan Shieber @jshieber / 9 hours With $1.3 billion in assets under management and a $280 million early-stage fund that closed in 2018, Octopus Ventures is carving out a niche for itself in healthcare investments in the U.S., the U.K. and Asia. One of the key members of the Octopus team …

Digital Health

Addiction focused startup Quit Genius scores $11M in Series A funding | MobiHealthNews | 3/19/2020

The round was led by Octopus Ventures with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. March 19, 2020 Share Yesterday morning addiction focused digital therapeutic Quit Genius scored $11 million in Series … When it comes to tobacco, there are quite a few digital health companies working in the space. For example, Carrot focuses on smoking cessation with an FDA-cleared carbon monoxide breathalyzer, human coaching and pharmacotherapy …

Quit Genius raises $11 million | 3/19/2020

… Octopus Ventures, with participation from Y Combinator, Startup Health and Triple Point Ventures. Founded in 2017, Quit Genius is led by doctors Yusuf Sherwani, Maroof Ahmed and Sarim Siddiqui who made the decision to hang up their white coats and put away their stethoscopes to build a digital health company. The Quit Genius app helps users recognize when a negative thought or feeling pops up, replacing those triggering thoughts and …

Mental Health

New Research Shows Global Mental Health Investment Topped $750 Million In 2019 | Forbes | 2/24/2020

In January 2020, Octopus Ventures , one of the largest early stage investors in Europe and backers of mental-health-tech company Big Health, published results of new research showing that in 2019, VC investment in mental health technology reached £580 million ($750 million). Their study utilised the latest data from Pitchbook, covering 1,541 companies, 3,779 deals and 3,859 investors to detail an increase in global funding from £120 million ($156 …

Big Health

vHive Raises $5.5M in Series A funding, Led by Octopus Ventures | PR Newswire | 9/11/2019

… enterprises to digitize their field assets and operations using autonomous drone hives, announced today a $5.5 million investment led by Octopus Ventures, with participation from existing investors StageOne Ventures and private investors. This funding will … industries. Companies backed in recent years include allplants, Elvie, Depop, Big Health, graze.com, Eve, Magic Pony, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, Swiftkey, Swoon Editions, tails.com and Zoopla Property Group. About StageOne Ventures StageOne is an early …

UK fashion software company Unmade locks in funding | PE Hub | 7/9/2019

… locks in funding July 9, 2019 UK-based Unmade, a fashion software company, has secured 4.75 million pounds in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round with participation from other investors that included MMC Ventures and … industries. Companies backed in recent years include allplants, Elvie, Depop, Big Health, graze.com, Eve, Magic Pony, Secret Escapes, Sofar Sounds, Swiftkey, Swoon Editions, tails.com and Zoopla Property Group. ABOUT UNMADE Unmade is a global fashion …

Vitruvian Partners

Amplience appoints Daffern as board chairman | PE Hub | 11/1/2019

… board of directors. Daffern is operating partner at Virtruvian Partners and Peakspan Capital. He is also a venture partner at Octopus Ventures. PRESS RELEASE LONDON, Nov. 1, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Amplience, a specialist content management solution … experience measurement vendor Foresee. Daffern is also Operating Partner at Vitruvian Partners, Peakspan Capital and is a Venture Partner at Octopus Ventures. Speaking about his appointment, Daffern said; “Amplience is that rare opportunity, a UK …

Amplience Appoints Industry Leader Pete Daffern as Chairman | PR Newswire | 11/1/2019

… Vitruvian Partners, Peakspan Capital and is a Venture Partner at Octopus Ventures. Speaking about his appointment, Daffern said; “Amplience is that rare opportunity, a UK-based software company with global potential and huge ambition. I’ve had the pleasure of working with James Brooke and the Amplience team over the past four years as a non-executive-director and have seen the company expand to become one of the leading new …

Morgan Stanley

Term Sheet — Wednesday, July 10 - Fortune | 7/10/2019

… Venture Capital led the round. – Unmade , a U.K.-based fashion software company, raised 4.75 million pounds ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures and Felix … for 2018. Artisan Partners backs the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Jefferies are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “GMAB.” Read more . – Afya , a Brazilian healthcare education group, plans to …

Visa Makes Yet Another Cryptocurrency Investment: Term Sheet | Fortune | 7/10/2019

… Venture Capital led the round. – Unmade , a U.K.-based fashion software company, raised 4.75 million pounds ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures and Felix … for 2018. Artisan Partners backs the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Jefferies are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “GMAB.” Read more . – Afya , a Brazilian healthcare education group, plans to …

Merrill Lynch

Term Sheet — Wednesday, July 10 - Fortune | 7/10/2019

… Venture Capital led the round. – Unmade , a U.K.-based fashion software company, raised 4.75 million pounds ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures and Felix … 221.6 million for 2018. Artisan Partners backs the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Jefferies are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “GMAB.” Read more . – Afya , a Brazilian healthcare education group …

Visa Makes Yet Another Cryptocurrency Investment: Term Sheet | Fortune | 7/10/2019

… Venture Capital led the round. – Unmade , a U.K.-based fashion software company, raised 4.75 million pounds ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures and Felix … 221.6 million for 2018. Artisan Partners backs the firm. BofA Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Jefferies are underwriters. It plans to list on the Nasdaq as “GMAB.” Read more . – Afya , a Brazilian healthcare education group …

Khosla Ventures

Term Sheet — Wednesday, July 10 - Fortune | 7/10/2019

… cryptocurrency Stellar. The company has raised a total of $57 million in funding to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, and SV Angel. My colleague Robert Hackett reports : Anchorage was little-known before … software company, raised 4.75 million pounds ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures and Felix Capital. HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES DEALS – IGM Biosciences Inc , a …

Visa Makes Yet Another Cryptocurrency Investment: Term Sheet | Fortune | 7/10/2019

… cryptocurrency Stellar. The company has raised a total of $57 million in funding to date from investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures, and SV Angel. My colleague Robert Hackett reports : Anchorage was little-known before … software company, raised 4.75 million pounds ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures and Felix Capital. HEALTH AND LIFE SCIENCES DEALS – IGM Biosciences Inc , a …

Goldman Sachs

Richard Branson and Chamath Palihapitiya Partner to Take Space Tourism Company Virgin Galactic Public: Term Sheet | Fortune | 7/9/2019

… Alexandria Venture Investments, and Gary Loveman. – Unmade , a London-based fashion software company, raised £4.75 million ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures, and Felix … of $37.4 million. Huatai International backs the firm. J.P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, and Huatai Securities are underwriters. It plans to list on the NYSE as “AMK.” Read more . – Tyro Payments , an Australian payments …

Genstar Capital

Richard Branson and Chamath Palihapitiya Partner to Take Space Tourism Company Virgin Galactic Public: Term Sheet | Fortune | 7/9/2019

… Alexandria Venture Investments, and Gary Loveman. – Unmade , a London-based fashion software company, raised £4.75 million ($5.9 million) in funding. Octopus Ventures led the round, and was joined by investors including MMC Ventures, and Felix … based point-of-care testing specialist. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. – Genstar Capital acquired Advarra , a Columbia, Md.-based provider of compliance solutions that are critical to the drug development process, from Linden Capital Partners. Financial …

Battery Ventures

Digital health investments bounced back in Q2 2019 with nearly $2.5B in funding | MobiHealthNews | 7/5/2019

… of digital behavior modification programs that are offered to the members of its health plan and employer customers. $42 IPGL, Octopus Ventures and Impact Ventures UK. The new money will be put towards research and … UTI, stomach virus, respiratory conditions and other common health concerns. Battery Ventures, .406 Ventures, RRE Ventures and Intermountain Ventures The round will help the company expand its reach and improve its user experience. Redox focuses …

SoFar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100 – TechCrunch | 5/22/2019

Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures, building on the previous $6 million it’d scored from Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group. The goal is expansion — to become the de facto way emerging artists play outside of traditional venues. The 10-year-old startup was born in London out of frustration with pub-goers talking over the bands. Now it’s throwing 600 shows per month across 430 cities around the world, and …

Sequoia Capital

Digital health investments bounced back in Q2 2019 with nearly $2.5B in funding | MobiHealthNews | 7/5/2019

… support a Gympass, lookup specific class schedules and check into their session via GPS. Country Garden Holdings, Tencent Holdings and Sequoia Capital N/A Tencent Trusted Doctor said it connects 440,000 certified doctors with more … members of its health plan and employer customers. $42 IPGL, Octopus Ventures and Impact Ventures UK. The new money will be put towards research and development, as well as growing brand awareness for the two …

Was the Uber IPO a Success?: Term Sheet | Fortune | 6/7/2019

… Stevens is a managing partner of S-Cubed Capital which he founded after spending 23 years at renowned VC firm Sequoia Capital (he became a managing partner in 1993). While at Sequoia, Stevens played a … the round. Investors include HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Balderton Capital, Creandum, Octopus Ventures, TempoCap and Sebastian Siemiatkowski. • Step , a financial services company built for families and teens, raised $22.5 million in Series A funding. Stripe Will …

Union Square Ventures

SoFar Sounds house concerts raises $25M, but bands get just $100 – TechCrunch | 5/22/2019

Union Square Ventures, building on the previous $6 million it’d scored from Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group. The goal is expansion — to become the de facto way emerging artists play outside of traditional venues. The 10-year-old startup was born in London out of frustration with pub-goers talking over the bands. Now it’s throwing 600 shows per month across 430 cities around the world, and over 40 of …

Sofar Sounds raises $25m to help ‘scale the artist-fan connection globally’ - Music Business Worldwide | 5/22/2019

Sofar Sounds, the global intimate concert network, has raised $25m to fuel its future expansion around the world, MBW can reveal. The raise is being led by Battery Ventures and Union Square Ventures, with existing investors Octopus Ventures and Virgin Group also participating in the round. The news comes three months after Jim Lucchese, the ex-CEO of The Echo Nest – and founding Global Head of Creator at Spotify – was …

Simon Venture Group

Pop-up shops find a permanent home at the mall | MSN | 10/21/2017

Octopus Ventures and included participation from Simon Venture Group. “We see Simon on the forefront of this space, building a community and experiences,” said Elizabeth Layne, Appear Here’s chief marketing officer. “Malls present a really interesting opportunity, with a high density of people.” Related video: Can malls survive as more retail stores close? Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Why rising stocks don’t benefit everyone The stock market keeps …