We are an early stage investor in high growth European businesses across all technology-related sectors.
Sector agnostic smart capital
Seraphim Capital is a UK-based venture capital firm. We invest in IP-led businesses that have the potential to redefine large existing markets or create entirely new ones.
We typically look to invest at Series A, once businesses have built a product and achieved some early market validation.
We are pioneers of smart capital having previously launched the UK’s first angel-led venture fund and now launching the world’s first venture fund focused on the space sector.
We currently a £30m backed by leading business angels in the UK and US, and are launching a £83m fund backed by some of the world’s leading space and aerospace companies.
What we look for
The businesses we invest in tend to combine the following attributes:
People – we look to back passionate entrepreneurs who usually have prior experience of start-ups, deep knowledge of the markets they are seeking to address and a demonstrable ability to recruit world class talent.
Product – we look for game-changing products and services that are underpinned by proprietary, protectable technology and have already achieved some early customer traction.
Market – we look for opportunities that are solving major pain points in large directly addressable and well defined global markets.
World’s first venture fund to focus on space at a time of radical changes within the sector
Satellites are the hidden lynchpins that make the world go round – we interact with them 36 times each day. As satellites are getting smaller, smarter and less expensive to launch, our reliance on them is growing exponentially. Many of the emerging new technologies that will come to define forthcoming decades – from drones and autonomous vehicles to the Internet of Things – are ultimately underpinned by satellites.
Seraphim Space is an £83m venture fund launching in 2016 focused on the fusion of terrestrial technology and space applications. It is backed by smart capital from 7 leading space companies: Airbus, Thales Alenia, Avanti Communications, Surrey Satellite Technology, Telespazio, Com Dev and e2v. The fund is also supported by the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency.
The fund invests in both downstream (software), and upstream (hardware) ‘New Space’ opportunities, along with technologies which rely on satellite data such as drones and the Internet of Things, or which have potential space applications such as artificial intelligence, robotics and nanomaterials.
Our team has over 100 years’ experience of investing in early and growth stage businesses.
Collectively, we have invested in over 180 companies returning more than £750 million to our shareholders. We believe that a hands-on approach is the key to successful early stage investing, working closely with the teams we back to help them deliver on their potential.
Kit Hunter Gordon
Chairman / Director
Kit is Seraphim Capital’s Chairman and a Managing Partner with over 25 years of early stage investment experience. He is also Managing Director of the The Summit Group.
Kit was responsible for growing The Summit Group into a diversified financial group encompassing vendor finance, property investment and services, structured finance and insurance – many of which commenced as start-up operations. Previously he was with JP Morgan in London and New York.
He has an MA in Law and Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Testplant provides a unique range of testing tools that automate software testing. Their eggPlant product is a ‘black-box’ testing solution. Using graphic recognition technology is tests applications through the graphical user interface – effectively automating manual testing. From mobile to desktop to mainframe, from functional testing to performance testing to test environment management, from QA test automation to live monitoring, eggPlant test tools can help any team improve their productivity and quality.
Testplant was acquired by The Carlyle Group in January 2016.