Station12’s team combines operational, investment and advising experience, giving us a unique and deep understanding of the Sports, Entertainment and Knowledge sectors. We have worked across television, advertising, music and film, as well as leading investments in these sectors, together with gaming, sports, live events and theatre.
The Sports, Entertainment and Knowledge market is global and being rapidly transformed by technology and changing consumer behaviour. We want to work with the best companies and talent to drive this change and create value for our partners, investee companies and investors.
Station12's focus lies within the Sports, Entertainment and Knowledge sectors. The UK is a market leader in these sectors which is demonstrated by it being the source of some of the most successful and powerful franchises and intellectual property in the world.
Our sectors are extensive and far reaching from content production and delivery, live events, enabling technologies, talent, esports/gaming, knowledge and innovation through to advertising and marketing services.
The sectors are valuable and significant with the Top 100 Media and Entertainment companies in the UK having a combined revenue of £96.3 billion*, achieving an 11% increase from last year*. It is an international success story driven by overseas sales. The sports sector has also seen a period of unprecedented growth and diversification, largely driven by opportunities in broadcasting, esports, branding and sponsorship**. However, emerging businesses in these sectors have suffered from a lack of independent early stage capital. Station12 is a specialist venture capital investor whose aim is to address this problem and to capitalise on those opportunities it creates in this potentially rich returns sector.
Station12 finds opportunities through its networks, use of market intelligence and a team deep in operational and investment experience. Using a tailored investment philosophy designed to deliver high growth returns, we are raising funds to take advantage of our proprietary pipeline. We invite you to become an investor in this vibrant and exciting sector.
* Deloitte Media Metrics 2017
** Law in Sport - December 2018: Private investment into sport – what governing bodies need to know
Key team members
Patrick has over 30 years of Media and Entertainment experience in music, film, TV and investment. He is a lawyer by background and has spent the majority of his career working operationally in the sector, then subsequently as an advisor and investor. He has managed investments across the sector, including in music publishing, TV production and distribution, live events, computer games and marketing services.
Fabio La Franca has 14 years’ experience in corporate finance and investment management. He is also an Expert and Rapporteur at the European Commission for the Horizon2020 £80 billion programme and a member of the European Innovation Council. He was the Investment Manager at Creative England before joining Station 12. Fabio was previously the CFO in Residence at Telefonica’s accelerator, Wayra, is a mentor at various tech accelerators in London, an accredited Growth Coach and a Tech London Advocate. Fabio previously worked in corporate development at Viacom, EMI Music Publishing and Channel 4. Fabio is an FCA at the ICAEW having qualified with PWC and holds an MBA from the University of Exeter.
Charlotte's focus is on capital raising for Station12's SEIS and EIS Service through the intermediated market. Prior to Station12, Charlotte was part of the Distribution Team for one of the UK's largest EIS providers.
Sports, Entertainment & Education
Example portfolio companies
Parade Media – Content Production and Distribution
Parade Media is a producer and distributor of premium lifestyle and factual entertainment to a global audience. Founded by Matt Ashcroft, formerly of Shine, Parade works with leading producers and broadcasters around the world, leveraging off the continual demand for new content. Parade is profit generating. (www.parade.media)
InSport – Sports & Education
InSport aims to be the leading business school for sports. InSport provides undergraduates and executives with practitioner led education around the business of sports as well as a unique networking hub to enable them to further their sports careers. The first courses focus on football, driven by the expansion of the Premier league worldwide and the growth of football in the US and Asia, as well as women’s football. Courses are hosted at leading Premier League clubs. The company is revenue generating. (www.insport.education)