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If you are looking for investment funding, we can help. Send us your deck to review.

About us

We offer venture funding from start-ups to Series A

Who we are

We’re hands-on investors

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Our portfolio

Our success stories

“DSW Ventures have been ideal lead investors. From the outset they were easy to work with, quick to understand our complex context, rigorous in due diligence but also pragmatic and supportive. They have provided sound corporate finance advice and have helped to shape strategy without ever dominating the debate. I would not hesitate in recommending DSW.”

Phil Smith

4D Biomaterials


Below you’ll find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions.

Our typical investment is from £100,000 up to £1 million at the pre-Series A stage, typically as a single or lead investor. Our primary focus is on software, science and consumer technology businesses, but we will invest in businesses in other sectors with a scalable model, protectable market positions and talented founders. We take minority stakes, typically of less than 30% of equity and our investments are usually compliant with the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) or Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).

Our key investment criteria are as follows:

– UK-based, regional companies

– Revenue-generating or demonstrable commercial traction, or in the case of deep technology, IP-rich with early validation of the technology

– Total round size below £2.5 million

– Valuation below £10 million

– SEIS/EIS qualifying

– Exceptionally strong and capable founder teams

The timescale for investment with us is around two to three months from the initial meeting depending on requirements and stage of business.  All our portfolio companies meet and present to our Investment Committee during the investment process.

We work closely with our portfolio companies in order to add genuine value to our investments. We go beyond just ‘the money’; our founder teams benefit from the network and experience of the DSW Ventures team, as well as that of our Investment Committee and individual angels.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.
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