Draper Esprit

Until recently known as DFJ Esprit, this is one of the large, internationally focused venture funds in London. Their quoted minimum investment of £200k is rare in practice. Should be considered as an option for businesses already showing sales momentum and with demonstrable global potential.

£200k – £10m

Any sector, and any geographic area

Business plan only, Product/Service ready to launch, Making early sales, Funding for growth.

International VC firm, with £1.15 bn raised to date. Also invests under Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) alongside its institutional funds.

We invest into visionary and growing companies and also have the ability to do direct secondary deals into late stage tech companies as well as buying entire venture capital portfolios.

Example companies


Lyst is an innovative way to shop for fashion online that’s used by millions every month. Lyst partners with the world’s greatest fashion
designers and stores to provide people with a personalised way to discover the fashion they love.

Why they invested

“Lyst was the first to launch a universal cart in the fashion space, enabling  shoppers to check out from multiple retailers in  a single, unified checkout. Lyst now generates hundreds of millions in sales for the fashion industry and has grown  over 300% year on year for the past three years.”


RhodeCode has created RhodeCode Enterprise which is an enterprise-grade source code management and collaboration solution
that supports Git and Mercurial repository systems. It helps bridge the gap between the requirements enterprises have and the flexibility and ease of
use that developers increasingly expect.

Why they invested

“RhodeCode are a team with deep domain knowledge. Sebastian and Marcin, RhodeCode’s co-founders, are intimately familiar with the enterprise software production environment and the needs of developers. They are true domain experts – having worked for large enterprises and startups alike.”

The free and independent website dedicated to making it easier for consumers to make complaints or raise issues with brands, companies and organisations to get redress or money back

Why they invested

“We see a continued growth of services to help empower consumers and Resolver helps in a key area for customer loyalty. We see Resolver as making a real difference in helping and empowering consumers but also helping businesses to deliver better services.”