At the Heart of European Technology
Invoke Capital is a very different type of technology investor. Founded by some of Europe’s most successful technology entrepreneurs it invests in, and supports, world-leading fundamental technology businesses emerging across Europe.
Our unique approach means we do not only provide capital, but we also draw on the expertise of entrepreneurial founders and their networks to provide support to entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and bring their technology to market.
To date, the value of Invoke’s investment in its portfolio is more than $500m.
Invoke is not a traditional VC fund, we look to do a smaller number of key investments with which we actively work on a day to day basis. Nor do we constrain ourselves by the arbitrary definitions of start-up, Venture Capital, Mezzanine or Private Equity, and we are not constrained by fixed terms or timescales. Instead, we see opportunity in the technology itself and will fund it throughout its growth, including an acquisition if relevant. Our investors are attracted to this innovative approach, and include individuals, technology entrepreneurs, PE funds and others whose capital we deploy on draw-down basis. Our business is not built on investing others’ money for a fee, rather our business is built on making our returns from the success of our investments.
If you have a fundamental technology business we will back you all the way from the lab, through start up to growth, through M&A and onto being a world class leader. Whether it’s the first million to hundreds of millions Invoke is comfortable to back winners.
With a background in signal processing and deep mathematics, our investments are characterized by being at the very forefront of the new wave in machine learning and Artificial Intelligence. We have well-established links with the European technology ecosystem and have a strong relationship with Cambridge University.
Given our operational involvement, we aim to work on about 15 projects at any one time, in various phases of development and maturity. The only criteria we have for investing is that it be a significant fundamental technology that brings something new to the marketplace.
Our team members draw on their experience on scientific and industry governing bodies such as Nesta, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Foundation for Science and Technology and the Royal Society Development Board, as well as membership on UK Government advisory boards, including the Prime Ministerial Council for Science and Technology and Tech City.
Founded in 2012, Invoke Capital’s team publicly announced investments to date include Darktrace, Luminance, Sophia Genetics, Featurespace and Neurence, as well as a number of projects in development.