Investing with impact

The University of Cambridge is a place of fresh, bold ideas. A place where innovations spark, and new futures begin. These ideas need support, they need the benefit of commercial expertise and investment.

University of Cambridge talent is renowned for delivering life-changing innovations with global impact. At Cambridge Enterprise Ventures we invest University of Cambridge capital into high impact, high growth Cambridge spin-outs and start-ups. We are here to enable the entrepreneurial academics, students, graduates, and recent alumni from Cambridge by providing early-stage equity investment and support.

Leveraging the many benefits of the Cambridge ecosystem, we accelerate the journey by making investments across the breadth of the University: helping build ventures, introducing NED talent, developing business models and providing access to our co-investor community. We are Cambridge, investing in Cambridge, supporting future generations of early-stage companies.

Investment in Numbers

16 pre-seed investments (2022-23)
£9.2m invested in 21 spin-out companies (2022-23)
19 new companies formed (2022-23)
£10m returned to Cambridge Enterprise and University of Cambridge (2022-23)
£275m total amount raised by portfolio companies across all holdings
3.36x multiple across realised investments
293 total investments made in 158 companies
£97m Current portfolio value (at 31/7/23)
Impact Notable spin-outs: BlueGnome, Cambridge CMOS Sensors, Centessa, Gyroscope, Solexa, Quethera and VocalIQ
£43m invested over fund lifetime
£3.7bn In follow-on funding raised by portfolio companies since 1995

Our portfolio

We make investments across a wide range of sectors and our portfolio companies have gone on to raise over £3 billion in further investment. Over 20 years of investing at the University of Cambridge has seen a host of successes including XO1, BlueGnome, Cambridge CMOS Sensors, Centessa, Gyroscope, Solexa, Quethera and VocalIQ.

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Investing in social ventures

We support social ventures at every stage, from the initial idea to investment and beyond. We also work in collaboration with others in the University and with partner universities to create opportunities for social enterprises emerging from these entrepreneurial ecosystems.

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Investment Committee

Our experienced Investment Committee makes investment decisions regarding University spin-outs on behalf of our Ventures team.

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Investing in Women code

We are proud to be a signatory to the Investing in Women Code, a commitment backed by the UK Government to support the advancement of women entrepreneurs in the UK by improving access to the tools, resources and finance they need to achieve their goals.

We are driven in our support for female entrepreneurship, supporting women founders in navigating the venture building and investment process.

Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners

Our success is dependent on the strong relationships we have with our many co-investors. Cambridge Enterprise Venture Partners is a membership-only forum for investors who have an interest in early opportunities originating from the University of Cambridge. With over 100 co-investor partners, we welcome enquiries from venture capital firms, business angel networks and other similar investors looking to join.

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Opportunities to invest
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Cambridge Innovation Capital

Our expansive investor syndicate community includes Cambridge Innovation Capital, a fund established by Cambridge Enterprise in 2014, now a leading venture investor in the Cambridge ecosystem at Series A and beyond.

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