Quantcast Ventures | Businesses Seeking Funding | Downing


We support early and growth-stage businesses that qualify for VCT or EIS funding. We typically invest in companies requiring seed to series A+ funding and then look to support them through subsequent phases of growth. Fundamentally, we back entrepreneurs. For more information, please visit www.downingventures.com.


£0.25 million - £5 million investment size

We typically look for:

  • extremely talented entrepreneurs
  • early traction
  • defensible tech or strategy
  • ready to scale
  • large addressable market
  • VCT or EIS qualifying

We typically provide:

  • pure equity investment
  • co-lead, lead, follow-on or co-investment funding
  • a range of services and access to an extensive network, particularly in the US


Technology now forms an integral part of the everyday lives of consumers, corporations and governments. We believe that we’re now experiencing the benefits of the second wave of technology development, which is based on sound infrastructure. Investing in this trend, we look for:

  • visionary entrepreneurs, with the ability to execute as well as dream
  • large (potential) addressable markets
  • distinct product or service advantages
  • limited adoption risk for customers


The main sectors in which we invest are:

  • consumer internet and mobile
  • enterprise software
  • defence and security technology
  • financial technology
  • health technology


You can learn more about the investments we have made so far by clicking here and you can see who makes up the Downing Ventures team here.

If you’re an entrepreneur with a business and you think you are the right fit for us, please visit our dedicated website www.downingventures.com. We evaluate all of the business plans we receive with the criteria above and we aim to get back to you within a week.

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Important Notice

Investing in our products will place your capital at risk and you may not get back the full amount invested. Any tax treatment may be subject to change and the availability and value of the reliefs depend on the individual circumstances of each investor. The availability of tax reliefs also depends on the investee companies maintaining their qualifying status.

Further information can be found at HMRC’s website. Neither past performance or forecasts are reliable indicators of future results and should not be relied upon. Unquoted or smaller company shares are likely to have higher price fluctuations and are likely to be more difficult to sell than shares quoted on the London Stock Exchange Official List. Website content is not intended to constitute investment, tax or legal advice. We recommend you seek independent advice before investing in any of our products.

Important Notice

Downing’s investments place your capital at risk and you may not get back the full amount invested. Past performance and forecasts are not a reliable guide to future results. Tax treatment may be subject to change and depends on individual circumstances. Smaller company shares are likely to have higher volatility and liquidity risks than other types of main market listed instruments. We recommend that you seek professional independent financial advice before investing. We do not offer investment or tax advice.

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