We play fair by founders

Giving you an unfair advantage, to take you from where you are to where you want to be

We’re a sector agnostic fund with a contrarian approach to pre-seed investing

92% of our portfolio recommend working with us

About

We look for visionary founders, with hustle, heart and humility, who see the world, not as it is, but as it could be

73% of our companies have successfully raised a Series A round

Portfolio

We combine financial capital, emotional intelligence and a willingness to do whatever’s required

Because we know it takes more than funding for a startup to survive and thrive; the right support goes beyond writing cheques

Approach

We’re an ecosystem player here for the long-term

It’s a step towards the tomorrow we all want to live in

Content

We’re committed to readdressing the gender imbalance in venture, by breaking down barriers and opening doors

Collaboration is Queen: Our female founder network has collectively raised £600m

FFOH

We believe that access to VC should be open and based on merit, we review each and every application

It’s never too early for an initial conversation

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We play fair by founders

Giving you an unfair advantage, to take you from where you are to where you want to be

We’re a sector-agnostic fund with a contrarian approach to pre-seed investing

92% of our portfolio recommend working with us

About

We look for visionary founders, with hustle, heart and humility, who see the world, not as it is, but as it could be.

73% of our companies have successfully raised a Series A

Portfolio

We combine financial capital, emotional intelligence and a willingness to do whatever’s required.

Because we know it takes more than funding for a startup to survive and thrive; the right support goes beyond writing cheques

Approach

We’re an ecosystem player here for the long-term

It’s a step towards the tomorrow we all want to live in

Content

We’re committed to readdressing the gender imbalance in venture, by breaking down barriers and opening doors

Collaboration is Queen: Our female founder network has collectively raised £600m

FFOH

The Playfair Angel Community is a core part of our ongoing commitment to angels across Europe

Our growing angel community is open to active angel investors in Europe

Angels

We believe that access to VC should be open and based on merit, we review each and every application

It’s never too early for an initial conversation

Pitch us

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Ten highlights from 2023

Ten highlights from 2023

TL;DR It’s been a tough year. Nothing has been easy. It’s taken a lot more effort to maintain momentum. Yet against the backdrop of a difficult funding environment and macro malaise...

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Top 5 Mistakes Pre-Seed Founders Make with Sales

Top 5 Mistakes Pre-Seed Founders Make with Sales

In the third part of our ‘mistakes series’, I take a look into the most common avoidable mistakes founders make with sales.

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6 Marketing Mistakes Made by Pre-seed Startups

6 Marketing Mistakes Made by Pre-seed Startups

In this guest post — the second in our ‘mistakes series’ — Holly Brautigam from Passionfruit takes a deep dive into the 6 marketing mistakes...

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Top 5 Mistakes Pre-Seed Founders Make with People Ops and Hiring

Top 5 Mistakes Pre-Seed Founders Make with People Ops and Hiring

In this guest post, Matt Bradburn, the founder of our external People & Talent partner, People Collective, takes a deep dive into the mistakes pre-seed founders...

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Angel Community Explained

The Playfair Angel Community Explained

We launched our angel community last month and held our first AMA. Now we want to set out a little more about how we see the community...

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AMA Series

AMA Series: Hacking the VC process (or how to maximise your chance of getting funded)

There are no hacks to getting venture investment. However, these tips and tricks from our recent AMA should help illuminate how VC works.

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8 Questions with Playfair ft. Muhunthan Thillai @ Qureight

“8 Questions with Playfair” ft. Muhunthan Thillai @ Qureight

This is the twenty-first in our “8 Questions” series — in which we sit down with founders in the Playfair portfolio who share their...

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Edition 10 of Female Founders

Edition 10 of Female Founder Office Hours launches today

The latest funding data shows that over £1.2bn has been raised by companies that have attended one of the previous editions.

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Why we invested in Ascento

Why we invested in Ascento

Ascento, a Swiss robotics company, has raised a $4.3 million funding round led by Wingman Ventures and Playfair to roll out its latest...

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EUVC #14 - Chris Smith - Playfair Capital

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The Impact and Opportunities of COVID-19 on Startups - Chris Smith

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Invested Investor: Keeping your trade secrets - Chris Smith

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Episode 85: The Story of Playfair Capital - Chris Smith

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First-rate tips from two decades of Angel investing - Simon Blakey

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20vc 062: Shaking up London’s VC industry with Fede Pirzio-Biroli, founder @ Playfair Capital

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Federico Pirzio-Biroli, Founder of Playfair Capital, On the Future of Investing in Africa

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