Draper Esprit

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Draper Esprit
Public limited company
Traded as LSEGROW
Industry Venture capital
Founded 2006
Headquarters London, United Kingdom[1]
Key people
Martin Davis (CEO), Simon Cook (CIO)[2]
Products Venture capital, growth capital
Total equity Increase £ 677.5 million (September 2019)[3]
Website www.draperesprit.com

Draper Esprit is one of Europe's largest tech-focused venture capital firms with offices in London, Cambridge and Dublin.[4][5] The company was founded in 2006 as Esprit Capital, renaming itself Draper Esprit in 2015 after joining a network set up by the Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper.[6] The company listed in London and Dublin in June 2016.[7]

The company's investments include Graphcore, Trustpilot, Peak Games, Ravenpack, Smava, UiPath, Lyst, Perkbox, M-Files, Ledger, Revolut, Pollen, Aircall, Transferwise, Finalcad, Aiven, SportPursuit, N26, Crowdcube, Seedrs, Push Doctor,[8] and Freetrade.[9][10] Notable exits include the acquisitions of Tails by Nestlé Purina PetCare, Grapeshot by Oracle Corporation, and Movidius by Intel.[11]


  1. ^ "Draper Esprit backs Aircall in £10m deal". UK Business Angels Association. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Venture capitalist firm Draper Esprit has managerial reshuffle". City A.M. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  3. ^ "INTERIM RESULTS FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED 30 SEPTEMBER 2019". InvestEgate. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Trustpilot funding drive nets review website $55m". The Times. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Draper Esprit: Playing the Long Tech Game". Barron's. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  6. ^ "Compass Group is well worth following". The Times. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  7. ^ "Draper Esprit raising £176m to invest in more tech firms". The Irish Times. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  8. ^ "Portfolio". Draper Esprit. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  9. ^ "City startup Freetrade raises $15m from Revolut backer Draper Esprit". City A.M. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Freetrade Completes $15 Million Series A Round After $7.5 Million Injection From Draper Esprit". Forbes. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  11. ^ "Draper Esprit raise a further £176 million to close the growth funding gap for tech in UK & Europe". Draper Esprit. Retrieved 23 January 2020.

External links

  • Official website
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