Forward Partners (LinkedIn, CrunchBase, AngelList) is a £81m seed capital fund, established in 2013 by pre-eminent VC Nic Brisbourne, with a mandate to make long-term investments in British digital businesses at the pre-seed and seed stage.
Mission: The goal of Forward Partners is to deliver outstanding returns to its investors through unlocking the potential of the best entrepreneurs by offering world class operational help at every step of their journey.
Disruptive business model: Through breaking with the traditional 2 & 20 venture model Forward Partners has been able to build a dedicated team of high calibre professionals working across Marketing, Technology, Product, Technology, Design, Finance, Talent & Investment. This team maximises the chances of investment success and provides detailed, continuous insight into the performance of investments at every stage of their development.
Strong Tech Investment Credentials:
Nic Brisbourne (LinkedIn, CrunchBase, AngelList): has >17 years experience in the venture capital industry and prior to founding Forward Partners, was a Partner at leading venture capital firm Draper Esprit. He has worked and invested in London and Silicon Valley, leading over 25 investments and enjoying a number of successful exits including buy.at (acquired by AOL for $125m) and Zeus Technology (acquired by Riverbed for $140m). Nic also authors one of Europe’s most popular VC blogs: The Equity Kicker.
Martyn Holman (LinkedIn, CrunchBase, AngelList): started his career as a consultant with the leading strategy consulting house, Boston Consulting Group. Since then he has developed a wealth of experience with technology based growth businesses and joined Betfair in its infancy as Director of New Ventures. Whilst at Betfair, Martyn founded and spun out LMAX Exchange, a leading multilateral trading facility for FX trading. During his time at LMAX, Martyn held the role of COO, driving market structure, product strategy, market development, commercial and international strategy and sales and corporate development. In 2012 Martyn joined Google as NPS Sales Operations North & Central Europe before joining Oxford Capital in 2013 where he led investment strategy. During his tenure, Martyn led investments and was Board Director for businesses including Linkdex, Outplay Entertainment, Kobojo, and import.io.
Location: Based in the heart of the UK tech scene Forward Partners’ offices are a few minutes walk from Old Street roundabout.
Future plans: Forward Partners is now embarking on the process of deploying fund II with an expanded investment focus.
This is an opportunity to join Forward Partners in a high-profile position. You will be actively sourcing and executing on investment opportunities, monitoring and managing the portfolio and actively assisting businesses throughout their fundraising activities. You will be someone that the UK’s best and brightest entrepreneurs will actively seek out as an investor and advisor.