- Downing Ventures, a division of Downing LLP, is a venture capital firm headquartered in London, United Kingdom with an additional office in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
- Downing invests primarily into early and growth stage technology businesses.
About Downing Ventures
Downing Ventures is a venture capital division of Downing LLP, and seeks to invest in the healthcare, business services, education, manufacturing, e-commerce, marketing, and data analytics sectors. They focus on technology-based companies at Seed to Series A and beyond. Their level of investment typically ranges from £500,000 to £5 million and they regularly co-invest in larger syndicates.
When it comes to investment criteria, Downing tend to look for visionary entrepreneurs, with the ability to execute as well as dream, large (potential) addressable markets, distinct product/service advantages and limited adoption risk for customers. Downing seek to invest 250,000 to 5 million per company and will usually invest in seed-stage deals and Series A deals, and then look to continue to support those companies through phases of subsequent growth. Fundamentally, they back entrepreneurs.
Their belief is that technology now forms an integral part of the everyday lives of consumers, corporations and governments. Further, they believe that they are now experiencing the benefits of the second wave of technology development, which is now based on sound infrastructure.
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Downing Ventures’ portfolio companies are said to be solving crucial solutions that are being implemented globally. Led by passionate management teams, Downing collaborate with them on each stage of the investment journey.
Downing Ventures, to date, have made over 150 investments. Their most recent investment was on May 6, 2021, when Invizius raised £5.3M. Some notable Downing investments include Trouva, Funding Xchange, FundamentalVR, E-Fundamentals, Hummingbird Technologies and Invizius. Downing have also made 4 diversity investments. Their most recent diversity investment was on Nov 23, 2020, when Carbice Corporation raised $15M.
Their exited investments include Twizoo, Destiny Pharma and Happiour.