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Episode 1

Investor type Venture Capital
Founders Adrian Lloyd Damien Lane Simon Murdoch


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Total investments 93
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 49
Rounds per year 10.33
Lead investments 33
Follow on index
How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 5
Key employees 5
Stages of investment
Early Stage Venture

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • E-Commerce
  • SaaS
  • Machine Learning

In 2013 was created Episode 1, which is appeared as VC. The main department of described VC is located in the London. The venture was found in Europe in United Kingdom.

Besides, a startup needs to be aged 2-3 years to get the investment from the fund. For fund there is a match between the location of its establishment and the land of its numerous investments - United Kingdom. The fund has exact preference in some founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 5+ of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight ThirdEye, TVbeat, SWIFT SHIFT. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as E-Commerce, Big Data.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 2-3 partakers. Despite the Episode 1, startups are often financed by Simon Murdoch, Entrepreneur First, Balderton Capital. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are Act Venture Capital, Balderton Capital, Seedcamp. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by Upscale, Balderton Capital, Entrepreneur First.

The current fund was established by Adrian Lloyd, Damien Lane, Simon Murdoch. Besides them, we counted 5 critical employees of this fund in our database.

The fund is constantly included in 7-12 deals per year. The top activity for fund was in 2014. Opposing the other organizations, this Episode 1 works on 27 percentage points less the average amount of lead investments. The average startup value when the investment from Episode 1 is 100 thousands - 1 million dollars. The top amount of exits for fund were in 2019. Considering the real fund results, this VC is 37 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. Deals in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars are the general things for fund.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


Artificial Intelligence
$12M23 Jun 2022 Sheffield, England, United Kingdom


Mechanical Engineering
$45M21 Jun 2022 London, England, United Kingdom


Financial Services
$5M23 May 2022 London, England, United Kingdom


Developer APIs
Identity Management
$4M01 Apr 2022 London, England, United Kingdom

Sano Genetics

Information Technology
Real Time
$11M28 Mar 2022 Cambridge, England, United Kingdom


Human Resources
Management Information Systems
$120M22 Mar 2022 London, England, United Kingdom

Robin AI

Artificial Intelligence
Contact Management
Legal Tech
Machine Learning
$3M09 Dec 2021 London, England, United Kingdom

Mimica Automation

Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
Mapping Services
$6M14 Nov 2021 London, England, United Kingdom

Big Data
Business Intelligence
Data Integration
Machine Learning
$14M10 Nov 2021 London, England, United Kingdom
News’s productivity platform for freight forwarders raises $15M A round led by Bessemer

–, a freight forwarding platform, raised $15m in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners and joined by existing investors Dynamo Ventures and Episode 1.
– The company plans to accelerate its international expansion plans as an automated system for freight forwarders.

PassFort Secures $16.2M in Series A Funding

– PassFort is a London, UK-based SaaS RegTech platform.
– The company raised 16.2m USD in Series A funding.
– The round was led by Level Equity, with participation from existing investors OpenOcean, Episode 1 and Entrepreneur First. $4.89m worth of venture debt was also provided by Shard Credit Partners.
– The new investment will be used to expand the company’s global growth plans.


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