Outlier Ventures joins the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Welcoming Europe’s first blockchain VC signals the maturity of blockchain investment and distributed ledger technology

Leading blockchain and Web 3.0 venture capital firm Outlier Ventures today announces it has joined the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association to actively engage with the British VC community on the emerging blockchain and distributed ledger industry. Outlier Ventures’ team has established significant expertise on distributed ledger technology, token economies and compliance considerations, which the firm will share through BVCA’s extensive events and community programme.

Stephan Apel, Managing Partner at Outlier Ventures commented: “The BVCA plays a critical role in building industry knowledge and best practice through its focus on training, events and research. This work leads to higher professional standards across the industry which Outlier Ventures has always been keen to bring to the emerging distributed ledger sector. We look forward to learning from the BVCA community as well as sharing our expertise on the emerging blockchain and token economy.”

The BVCA’s Venture Capital Committee Chair David Mott added: “The distributed ledger sector is a hotbed of innovation as teams focus on reimaging today’s web. Naturally this type of wholesale innovation requires appropriate funding and offers significant opportunities to our industry. Outlier Ventures has established a reputation for mature practice and deep expertise around how blockchain converges with other deep technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence. We’re excited to have them join the BVCA.”

Outlier Ventures is actively working with policy makers and the wider industry to further knowledge sharing on the evolution of decentralised technologies. The company is engaged with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on blockchain, are member of The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance and sits on Tech UK’s distributed ledger working group. The firm’s CEO Jamie Burke recently presented to the European Parliament on the evolution of Robotics and AI, his presentation is available on request.

The recently published Convergence Ecosystem report from Outlier Ventures is also now available and outlines the evolving decentralised technology stack and the emerging foundations of a new data infrastructure, which supports entirely new economic models.


About Outlier Ventures

Outlier Ventures was launched in 2014 as the first European VC focused on blockchain technologies. Now, with a team of 20, they help pre-seed and seed stage startups navigate the emerging token space. Their venture platform which includes academic and corporate partners, offers strategic guidance on token design, their underlying economics, compliance, as well as marketing and technical development.

Their investment philosophy is based on the convergence of decentralised technologies like blockchains and distributed ledgers with ‘deep tech’ such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, and 3D printing primarily within the Industry 4.0, Smart Cities and Mobility markets.

Having already backed IOTA, a highly-regarded crypto-asset focused on securing machine-to-machine payments for Industrial IoT, and more recently Evernym and the Sovrin Foundation they plan to roll out a series of ambitious investments and strategic partnerships with their corporate and academic network.

About BVCA

The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body for the UK private equity and venture capital industry. The BVCA has over 700 member firms, representing the vast majority of UK-based private equity and venture capital firms and their advisers.


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