Kingsbury Ventures offers funding, consultancy, advisory and board services to technology companies and their investors.
Sector specialisations include Fintech, mobile, digital marketing and security related technologies and services companies.
The key focus is assisting high potential businesses that can grow fast and build shareholder value.
The founder, Nick Kingsbury has 30 years experience in business, of which 12 was in the role of CEO for two software companies, and 7 was as Sector Partner for the international venture capital company 3i. Nick is an experienced international software entrepreneur and venture Nick is an experienced international software entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He started his career with one of the leading UK software houses before setting up his own software and consultancy company in the mid-1980s. He sold this business to Staffware plc in 1996, shortly after which the combined entity floated on AIM.
He then spent eight years at the venture capitalist 3i as global sector head for software and internet investments. With 3i he advised the local investment teams on over 80 investments and took board roles with a number of portfolio companies and built relationships with many of the large tech industry acquirers mostly in the US.
Since 2007 Nick has acted as advisor to some venture capital funds including the London Technology Fund, C5 Capital a cyber security specialist, and also has advised and invested in a number of early stage technology companies.
From 2011 to 2015 Nick chaired the board of Accumuli plc, an AIM listed cyber security specialist. Nick hired the CEO; initiated the sale of a non-core business unit, helped build the management team and oversaw 6 acquisitions. Accumuli was sold to NCC Group for £55m in April 2015, a 5x return for early investors.
Currently he serves as non-executive director for three early stage companies Tailored, Loot and PushFor, and for Objective Corporation, an Australian ASX quoted information management software company. He is a non-executive director for Growthpoint Technology Partners UK Limited, the UK subsidiary of the Menlo Park based technology investment bank. He is active in a number of cyber security initiatives such as CyLon and the Accelerator Academy cyber security hackathon. He also is a mentor at the Accelerator Academy and works with a number of digital media companies.
Emmy Botterman is an experienced senior business development professional with extensive experience in the technology and start-up sectors.
She started her career with EY in Brussels where she became a key player in the company’s European association management practice, covering software, technology and industrial sectors.
This was followed by business development roles with mobile technology start-ups Digital Rum (mobile transaction and ticketing platform), Mobilitec (download platform acquired by Lucent), Playphone, Connect2media (mobile games publisher), Scoreloop and Lumi Technologies.
She was responsible for go-to-market strategies, business development and revenue growth, and successfully closed pivotal deals with leading European mobile operators as well as launching new business lines.
Emmy joined Kingsbury Ventures in 2010 and is working with a number of start-ups and early stage companies in an interim capacity focused on developing sales and account strategies as well as tactical solutions to generate growth.
Due Diligence for Private Equity and Venture Capital companies
Portfolio company reviews
Board appointments for companies at inflection points in their growth.
Advisory Services on Funding Strategy for high growth companies.
Consultancy services for corporate and international market development
Kingsbury Ventures can call on a network of associates to assist when necessary.
Portfolio Reviews and Due Diligence Reports
Over the last 18 years Nick Kingsbury has undertaken over 220 portfolio reviews and due diligence projects on software, Internet and mobile technology companies for Venture Capital investors.
Today a packaged service is offered both for new investment due diligence and portfolio reviews.
This package involves initial research, management team meetings and report production and can often be completed within 10 days.
Reports typically follow the following structure:
2. Company Overview
. Background (history, core DNA, geographic coverage etc)
. Customer Business Drivers
. Management Team
. Key competitors
. Key differentiators
4. Financial Plan
. Financial plans
. Pipeline assessment
5. Value Growth and Exit
. Investment structure proposed,
. Key value drivers
. Exit options , acquirer candidates
6. General Observations (actionable)
. Product / technology
. Market conditions, Credit Crunch impact
. The proposed investment
. Attractiveness of the investment. Key issues
February 2018. AI Pricing technology company Blackcurve secures investment to expand in the UK. The investment comes from Mercia Fund Managers and Nick Kingsbury
August 2017 Investors include Amadeus Capital, Ascension Ventures and high profile angel investors. Funding is being used to rollout more publisher partners and deliver a Personalised Marketing Platform for advertisers. Early user engagement data suggests Tailored can deliver a 10-fold improvement over other online marketing channels
14th June 2017. The best of UK tech industry were celebrated last Wednesday evening at the Dorchester hotel in London in what is known as the “Oscars of the UK Technology Industry”.
11th March 2017. Two Kingsbury Ventures portfolio companies Pushfor and Racefully make the Silicon republic Top London Start Up list.
March 2017, London leaves Berlin and Paris in its wake when it comes to start-up activity and funding. Here are 30 London
start-ups to watch in 2017.
September 2017, Pushfor founder, John Safa, and VP of business development, Crispin Luxton, showcase Pushfor’s enterprise secure content sharing platform to the elite of the financial service industry at FinovateEurope 2017. The event took place in the heart of London’s financial district on February 7th and 8th. Watch the video below of the live demonstration!
July 2016, The London-based neobank is targeting millennials after raising a Series A round from Austria's Speedinvest and Germany's Global Founders Capital
Last year broke records for Kingsbury Ventures in the number of investments made and in the total raised by the portfolio companies. We actively supported 6 companies raise a total of £11 million during the course of the year. Looking forward, the funding plans for portfolio companies total over £20 million. Early feedback is promising, but the deal isn’t done until the money is in the bank.