Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs
Ariadne Capital was founded in December 2000 to bring the model of "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs" to the UK and Europe. Our whole aim is to create the gold standard for the financing of entrepreneurship. To that end, we have built a global partnership of entrepreneurs:
This global partnership of entrepreneurs was the first in Europe or the UK to organise the "Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs" financing model at an institutional level. No other private equity firm or venture capital firm had entrepreneurs' capital as their founding DNA in 2000 in Europe or the UK.
Ariadne Capital completed a first close of its debut venture capital fund, the Ariadne Fund I in December 2011, which is a target £50 million fund.
The Ariadne Fund focuses on late stage seed (post product beta with early revenues of on average £250,000) VC investments in "Digital Enablers" (B2B Saas).
Portfolio companies of the Ariadne fund benefit from a ‘Bearhug’ of services from office space in Start-up Village, to financial control services, to the marketing and corporate access of the EntrepreneurCountry platform, to the Board support and access to the Ariadne network. Ariadne supports its portfolio in access to talent, market adoption and intelligence, media profile, business development partnership deals and corporate finance.