We are approachable. We connect with you from the very first meeting. We are direct, and fast-moving, and get right to the point. We respect our founders. We make a point of working in a friendly culture. We do not like corporate bureaucracy.
We understand from the word Go what you do and why it’s important. We love deeptech. Not just that it’s transformative – we really know the science that makes it work.
You’ve discovered a breakthrough algorithm or new science that is better, faster, cheaper. But now you want to employ more people and start to scale.
You’ve achieved a revenue run rate of £1m+, you have reliable customers and understand how to win more. But now you need to round out your leadership team.
You already have a successful business, and now you want to scale. We only invest into follow on rounds for our existing portfolio companies at growth stage up to a total of £30m.
“IQ was a great partner throughout the life of the company and invaluable in providing tactical and strategic advice during the negotiations and exit to Google. They were naturally my first choice when it came to funding my next venture, Thought Machine.”
Paul Taylor, Thought Machine
We have more than 20 years of experience as a sounding board for founders doing exactly the kinds of things you do, and things you need to be doing. We have achieved over 20 exits, to companies including M&A to Apple, Google, Facebook, Oracle and several IPOs including Stillfront (NASDAQ: SF.ST).
From Seed stage, we help you tackle the challenges of growth and help you build a successful company, supported by the diverse perspectives of our team – science & tech, marketing, product, sales, talent – and not just their experience in corporate finance and M&A.
Our initial investments range from £0.5m to £10m from our 2021 Fund IV, in disruptive UK based tech companies capable of dominating their global markets. We invest at Seed and Series A, and we’re actively seeking investments in AI, Data Science, IoT and more. We can partner with you throughout your growth – we know that it takes time to develop global markets, and that deeptech can take longer & cost more than originally expected. We have extensive global connections, and our own investors themselves are committed to science & innovation – from family offices and successful tech entrepreneurs through to institutions including the British Business Bank.
We keep pace with the success of our outperforming businesses, helping to build a robust VC syndicate, and can invest up to £30m from our IQ Capital Growth Fund, as you raise your later rounds.