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Hoxton Ventures

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IndustryVenture capital
Founded2013; 6 years ago (2013)
ProductsVenture capital

Hoxton Ventures is a European venture capital fund, based in London.[1] It was launched by partners Hussein Kanji and Rob Kniaz in December 2013 after leaving their prior firms, Accel and Fidelity Ventures.[2][3] Hoxton also has a venture partner Dylan Collins with a particular focus on gaming and Irish investments from his former career at Demonware.[4]

The partnership is especially focused on connectivity to Silicon Valley and are among the few European venture capitalists who are also computer scientists.[5]

The fund has been called one of the "leading investment firms" of the UK by London & Partners the government-backed London firm.[6] It has also been cited as one of Europe's leading "unicorn hunters".[7] The partners were included in the "coolest VCs" in Europe group in 2017 by Business Insider and also the 100 coolest people in Europe overall.[8][9] The firm is one of the few in Europe to have multiple billion-dollar early-stage investments.

Focus[edit | edit source]

The company focuses on startups inventing new market categories or transforming large, existing industries. The firm invests in internet, mobile and software startups, most often as the first institutional investor in the company following angel investors.[10]

Activities[edit | edit source]

Hoxton Ventures has raised two venture funds to date[11]. Fund I was a $40m fund begun in 2013 and a Fund II was formed in 2018 but not yet made any publicly disclosed investments.[12]

Hoxton focuses on startups inventing new market categories or transforming large industries, including software as a service (SaaS) companies, business-to-business (B2B), enterprise, cloud-based, consumer (B2C) and other fast-growing software-led technology companies. The firm invests primarily in Europe.[13] The firm invests primarily at the Series A stage with checks ranging from $500k to $3m.

The fund is backed by institutional investors, family offices and high net worth individuals, including several early Google engineers and executives.[14] It was also among the funds named as having European Investment Fund support withdrawn due to Brexit concerns by the EU.[15]

Portfolio[edit | edit source]

Hoxton has invested in over 17 companies as of February 2016.[16] Most noteworthy, the firm is one of the few VC funds to invest in the first round of two "unicorn" investments, Deliveroo (valued at £1.5bn in 2017),[17][18] and Darktrace (the Cambridge-based cybersecurity firm valued at $1.5bn in 2018),[19] [20][21]

Other investments include:

  • Adazza
  • Algomi
  • Babylon Health (the London-based health artificial intelligence firm)[22]
  • bd4Travel
  • Behavox
  • Optimoroute
  • Raptor Supplies
  • SuperAwesome
  • TourRadar
  • Yieldify

Exited investments include:

  • Campanja (acquired by 24/7 Media)[23]
  • Immunio (acquired by Trend Micro)[24]
  • Mavrx (acquired by Taranis)[25]

Portfolio companies have received follow on investment from prominent funds such as Index Ventures, Accel Partners, Summit Partners, KKR, GV, Shasta Ventures, Crosslink Capital, Softbank, Citibank, among other promient firms in the US and Europe.[26]

Media coverage[edit | edit source]

The partners of Hoxton are regularly in the media in the UK, Ireland and Europe. The firm's activity in Ireland was cited in the Sunday Business Post[27] with Mr. Collins.

In particular, the partners of the firm regularly provide commentary on television and radio on technology in Europe and Brexit and its effect on the European startup community, including in publications such as the Financial Times[28][29] and The Economist.[30]

Kniaz appears on regularly on BBC television and radio on various programmes discussing the day's technology news[31][32] and is also seen on CNBC similarly.[33][34][35]

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Hoxton Ventures". Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  2. "New Fund Seeks to Fill Gap Between Seed and Series A". Wall Street Journal. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  3. "Hoxton Ventures raises £24m fund to invest in early-stage startups in Europe". Wired. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  4. "Tech firm on mission to make online data privacy kids' stuff". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  5. "Alum of the Week: Rob Kniaz, Co-Founder and Partner, Hoxton Ventures". www.cs.umd.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  6. "Leading investment firms commit to UK tech sector". www.londonandpartners.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  7. "Overview of top Unicorn hunters amongst European investors". blog.dealroom.co. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  8. "The 36 coolest tech investors in the UK". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  9. "The 100 coolest people in UK tech". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  10. "Hoxton Ventures | Early stage European venture capital firm". www.hoxtonventures.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  11. "Companies House".
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  13. "Hoxton Ventures | Early stage European venture capital firm". www.hoxtonventures.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  14. "Hoxton announces €6m fund for Irish start-ups". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
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  16. "Hoxton - Portfolio". Hoxtonventures.com. 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  17. "Hoxton & Index Ventures invest in Deliveroo". TechCrunch. 2014-06-26. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  18. Goodley, Simon (2017-09-24). "Deliveroo valuation hits £1.5bn after food delivery firm raises new funds". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  19. "DarkTrace takes $18m in investment". The Financial Times. 2015-03-18. Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  20. staff, CNBC.com (2018-05-22). "2018 Disruptor 50: No. 34 Darktrace". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  21. "Darktrace Said to Hit $1.25 Billion Valuation in Stock Sale". Bloomberg.com. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  22. Morrison, Caitlin (2016-01-14). "UK digital healthcare firm Babylon raises $25m". Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  23. "Vinge advises 24/7 Customer on acquisition of Campanja AB". Vinge. 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2016-03-01.
  24. "Trend Micro Acquires Immunio and Expands Hybrid Cloud Security for DevOps Lifecycle | Trend Micro Newsroom". newsroom.trendmicro.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  25. "BREAKING EXCLUSIVE: Taranis Acquires Aerial Imagery Platform Mavrx - AgFunderNews". AgFunderNews. 2018-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  26. "Hoxton Ventures | Early stage European venture capital firm". www.hoxtonventures.com. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  27. Sexton, Colette. "Hoxton Ventures 'hungry' for Irish start-ups | BusinessPost.ie". www.businesspost.ie. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  28. "High-profile UK tech failures highlight danger of overhype". Financial Times. Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  29. "VC funding drops for European technology start-ups". www.ft.com. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  30. Kharpal, Arjun (2016-06-24). "'It's not business as usual, but we're open': UK tech start-ups digest Brexit". CNBC. Retrieved 2017-02-27.
  31. "27/02/2017, Today - BBC Radio 4". BBC. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  32. "UK and EU Agree Brexit Transition Terms, World Business Report - BBC World Service". BBC. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  33. "Apple executing according to plan: Pro". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  34. "iPhone X will allow customers to 'show off their wealth', venture capitalist says". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  35. "America's tech giants cautiously commit to Brexit-bound Britain". The Economist. Retrieved 2017-02-27.

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