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Established in 1999, Oxford Capital is an alternative investment manager passionate about investing in early stage technology companies and have invested in more than 50 companies to date. For over 20 years, we have offered private investors and family offices access to some of the most impactful technology companies in sectors which the UK is considered a world leader.
The Oxford Capital Growth EIS invests in businesses that are solving commercial, technological or scientific problems in innovative ways. We look across different sectors including: machine learning, artificial intelligence, fintech, digital health, biotech and eCommerce. We place a significant emphasis on investing in accordance with our ESG policy.
Recent exits include Latent Logic, sold to Waymo (a subsidiary of google) and UltraSoc, which sold to Siemens. These exits provided investors with an IRR of 62% and 11% respectively. The current investment strategy is providing an IRR of 24%, with several companies valued at 6-8x cost.
You can also join our Co-investment Circle, which provides existing investors with the opportunity to invest in specific companies alongside our experienced team.
We aim to invest in businesses that are solving commercial, technical or scientific problems in innovative ways. The companies in our existing portfolio operate in a number of sectors such as software, consumer internet, digital media and healthcare. When selecting new investments, we look for companies that exhibit high-growth characteristics or potential.
Key team members
David co-founded Oxford Capital and is passionate about building bridges between entrepreneurs and private capital investors. David leads the firm’s Investment management team across the investment strategies. David plays an active role in the venture capital sector and is Chair of the BVCA Venture Capital Committee to promote the long-term sustainability of the UK’s venture capital sector and support the thriving enterprise economy. He is a member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization, London chapter. David has also advised the UK government and the European Commission on investment policy.
Prior to establishing Oxford Capital, David lived and worked in Europe and Asia, working with Result Ventures, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte and Jardine Fleming. He speaks French, German and Japanese, and is learning Italian. David has a BA in Economics and Japanese from the University of Durham and completed the Private Equity leadership development programme at Harvard Business School. David is a passionate collector of contemporary art and often tests himself with endurance adventures in the Arctic.
Richard heads Oxford Capital’s client services team, with primary responsibility for the company’s reporting and communications, fund raising activities and management of client relationships. He also manages the Co-Investor Circle – a network of sophisticated investors and family offices which invest directly alongside Oxford Capital funds on a deal by deal basis.
He brings extensive experience of working with private investors, both within the financial services and private equity industry, most recently as Partner within a boutique consultancy identifying and evaluating investments into earlier stage and growth companies. His experience lies in strategic and financing transactions for UK SMEs within the TMT, property and clean-tech sectors. Richard’s early career was spent at HW Fisher, a UK Top 30 Chartered Accountants firm, providing advisory services in the wealth management and property divisions.
Richard is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, and the Institute of Consulting. He enjoys playing golf, walking up hills in the summer and skiing down them in winter.
Mark is Business Development Manager at Oxford Capital, a key part of the Investor Relations team. He is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with private clients, intermediaries, family offices and institutions, for the ongoing raising of funds for Oxford Capital’s investment strategies. Mark has extensive experience in financial services, qualifying as a financial advisor in 2004, and as a stockbroker in 2006. Prior to joining Oxford Capital, Mark was a Partner in a FTSE 100 wealth management business for nine years, dealing with HNW and VHNW clients, and was very active in the tax-advantaged investments marketplace. Away from work, Mark enjoys spending time with his friends and family, travelling, cooking, playing golf, cricket and tennis.
Latent Logic originated within Oxford University’s award-winning machine learning department and was founded in 2017 by leading academic, Professor Shimon Whiteson and robotics expert Dr. Joao Messias. The company is at the cutting edge of imitation learning and artificial intelligence (AI), building autonomous systems which understand humans, deep learned from real data, over millions of test cases which can then be applied to autonomous vehicles.
The company was acquired by Waymo in December 2019, Google's self driving arm.
UltraSoc Technologies is a designer of microchip security products that sit on the bare metal of integrated circuit boards. Its products address the real-world problems faced by the semi-conductor industry today, such as software and hardware bugs, cyber-security threats, all on the core hardware of ‘systems-on-chip’ (SoC). UltraSoc’s products are used by leading names in the automotive, high performance computing, storage and semi-conductor industries. In June 2020, the company was acquired by Siemens for an undisclosed, multi-million $USD sum.