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An interview with Jan Pace

An interview with Jan Pace, Director of Quickfire, one of our media fund portfolio companies. What impact does Quickfire make on the UK film industry? In the broadest terms, Quickfire acquires independently made feature films from around the world and sells them on to audiences worldwide. …

UltraSoC and Percepio partner to offer first complete embedded analytics platform for real-time systems

Arkivum PERPETUA brings enterprise-class GDPR support to higher education, memory institutions and local authorities

‘Taste Maker’ Aneeqa Khan of eporta interviewed by The Times

Hometree investment

I have published a blog on our recent investment in Hometree. The boiler installation market isn’t one of the first markets that most VCs look to invest in. But we think Hometree is well-placed to grow quickly.

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Guess: Who is the world’s largest purchaser of fax machines?

… the NHS. This astounding fact highlights the opportunity for even simple digital technology to revolutionise healthcare. Our portfolio company Push Doctor is using (by today’s standards) relatively straightforward video chat technology to give patients on-demand access to a doctor. Yet simple technology can have …

Oxford Capital joins $10m Series A funding round in 'connected finance' startup Curve

Curve – the UK fintech startup that combines your cards into one Mastercard®, connected to a mobile app – has closed a Series A funding round of $10m, bringing total funding to $13m. Oxford Capital participated in the funding round alongside a group of global …

Push Doctor raises $26.1M to help people live longer

Europe’s largest digital health provider, Push Doctor, today announced that it has raised $26.1M in a Series B funding round led by Accelerated Digital Ventures (“ADV” – the venture investment company backed by Legal & General, Woodford Investment Management and the British Business Bank) and …

Red Sift win 'Cyber Security Start-Up of the Year' at the Cyber Security Awards

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Oxford Capital invests in HomeTree

We are very pleased to have made an investment in HomeTree. The company is re-thinking the energy space and is starting with home boiler installations, but plans to be able to provide much more convenient and compelling energy services over time. The company has an …

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Rogue AI and what to do about racist algorithms

What happens when machine learning algorithms pick up on human biases? Naturally, the bias scales. This article covers the extraordinary challenge that machine learning practitioners face when they set their algorithms loose on training datasets. What will be the consequences of their data choice? In …

Oxford Capital backs intelligent chip business UltraSoC

Conserative Manifesto and EIS: Conservative Manifesto declares ongoing support for EIS and UK innovation

The Manifesto published today reinforces the importance of supporting UK startups beyond Brexit, through both the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and funding commitment for the British Business Bank (BBB). Specialist investment manager Oxford Capital welcomes this public declaration of support for digital businesses and entrepreneurs. Commenting on …

263 Self-Driving car startups to watch

This is a fantastic graphic showing 263 companies focused on self-driving cars. There are a great number of different sub-components, from services related to maps to algorithms that perform the driving. Enjoy!

Attest hires former Vizeum innovation head and Eventbrite marketer

Oxford Capital announces EIS partnership with Quickfire Entertainment

Oxford Capital Media EIS will invest in film sales agent businesses. Targeting up to 1.2x plus EIS tax reliefs, with opportunity to invest in this tax year. Specialist investment manager Oxford Capital has named Quickfire Entertainment (‘Quickfire’) as a strategic partner for its new EIS …

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AI will fix your photos

Have you ever wished that you’d taken that latest selfie in summer not winter? Or that your photo of a horse was actually a cool and exotic zebra? Good news – the latest research from UC Berkley is looking to fix exactly these problems. Most …

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NIO Eve and next generation self driving car design

NIO (the new name for NextEV) has just announced that Eve, their prototype self driving car, will be launched in 2020. This car starts to hint at the ways that a car primarily designed as a self driving car will look. The car is focused …

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Will DNA ever be a viable medium for storing digital data?

Last week, scientists at the New York Genome Centre published a paper demonstrating 100% fidelity digital data storage on DNA. This is potentially interesting, because DNA is an extremely space-efficient means of storing data. I’m reminded of the mind-blowing fact that each one of my …

Why we invested in Spoke

We recently announced our investment into Spoke. I took the opportunity to write a longer piece explaining what got me excited about the space and why we wanted to invest in Spoke. In short, menswear can seem to be the most ignored segment of the …

Oxford Capital invest in Artfinder

Artfinder, the art marketplace, has today closed a funding round worth a total of US$2.2m, which sees the company bringing on a new venture capital investor, Oxford Capital. The round has also been backed by a personal investment from William Tunstall-Pedoe, the Cambridge-based entrepreneur who …

Cognia extends global cloud communications services to UK and Canada

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On the importance of Hype

This post provides a reminder of the importance of healthy scepticism in a world where technologies and companies are founded on little more than hype. The revelation that scientists have been making the same predictions about the potential for predictive medicine for the last 100 …

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London ranks number 1 for Startups in Europe

The Digital City Index has ranked London as the number 1 startup city in Europe. Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Manchester and Edinburgh also round out the top 20. We feel that the UK is one of the best places to start a new company and are …