Octopus Ventures announces new partner to oversee specialist fields

Employment & Skills | Funding | South East

Octopus Ventures, part of Octopus Group and one of Europe’s largest venture capital firms (VCs), today announced the promotion of Simon King to Partner, as the business strengthens its senior leadership team.

Simon joined the Octopus Ventures team in 2012 after completing his PhD in organic electronics at Imperial College.

He heads up the Future of Industry team and brings years of experience in AI, machine learning, advanced materials, IoT and EdTech. Simon has led investments in a number of pioneering portfolio companies and sits on the board of Elvie, SmartKem, WaveOptics, Origami Energy, TRAFI, Edgify and Memrise.

With £1.2bn under management, Octopus Ventures is one of the largest VCs in Europe, backing the pioneers who are redefining the future of health, money and industry. In his new role, Simon will oversee all deal origination.

Octopus Ventures focuses its investment in three areas – The Future of Health; The Future of Money; and The Future of Industry.

Alliott Cole, CEO of Octopus Ventures, said: “We’re very lucky to have Simon in our team. He pairs a huge intellect and natural curiosity with an easy going kindness and humility. This means that entrepreneurs, co-investors and most of all, our team, love working with him and will celebrate this news as a natural progression for someone of his talent.”

Simon King, Partner at Octopus Ventures, commented: “I am delighted to have been promoted to partner, having joined Octopus Ventures as an intern eight years ago. I really enjoy meeting new entrepreneurs and seeing the applications of new technologies and business models, so I am very excited to be overseeing Octopus’ deal originations. I look forward to continuing to work with the team and supporting Europe’s most pioneering entrepreneurs, and the next generation of stand-out high growth companies.”

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