Founded in 2009, Talis is a London-based venture capital firm. Investing on behalf of a unique community of cross-sector entrepreneurs, we back visionary founders typically at seed and Series A.
We’re a close-knit team, and we’ve always prided ourselves on our unconventionality. Our experience has taught us to embrace the unexpected – because it’s founders with a fresh perspective on the future who will write it. We value vision over verticals, so we’re able to spot transformative potential that others overlook.
Our ethos means we only partner with people and ideas that inspire us. We’re truly founder-first, investing based on shared passion, vision and determination: building trusting, long-term relationships that go way beyond the boardroom.
It’s a fresh approach to venture, built to support founders who see a future others haven’t.
We back founders who have seen a future others haven’t – and have the dedication, determination and drive to deliver it. Visionary thinking isn’t limited by sectors, markets or verticals, so nor are we.
Our experience tells us that it’s those with a fresh perspective on the future who write it. So when it comes who we back, how we build and who we hire, we don’t let received wisdom stand in our way. To create different, you have to be different.
The future will be built by companies who have the dedication, determination and drive to build a better world. We strive for our portfolio companies to be the best in the game – in their sector, and for society.
Building a category defining business is a long game. So we’re in it for the long-term. We know you’re most likely to need us when the going gets tough, and we’ll be there. For the whole journey. For the person, as well as the entrepreneur.
Ultimately, we’re just the VC. As a founder, you’ll always know your business better than us. We’re here to support you however we can, but we’re just as comfortable cheering from the sidelines as we are on the frontline. We’re here for you, not the other way around.
Which is why we only partner with founders whose visions inspire and fire us. We don’t take every opportunity that comes our way – but when we’re in, we’re in it for the long-term.
Investing on behalf of an interdisciplinary community of entrepreneurs who’ve built billion dollar businesses, our power is in our collective. We’re uniquely placed to add value to the whole entrepreneurial journey. Across sectors, verticals and markets. At company defining moments.
We like to think we’re all these things and more. But we would say that. Which is why we encourage any founder we’re speaking to to speak to anyone we’ve partnered with. We’re confident they’ll say the same.
“Talis Capital strike the right balance between support for their founders and providing them the freedom they need to get on with the task at hand. The introductions and advice offered has been instrumental in the success of Pirate.com. One of the best decisions we have made so far.”
“The lifeblood of successful technology companies is not just access to capital but access to expert guidance. Backed by a group of successful entrepreneurs and business people, Talis’ secret sauce is its ability to leverage its community to help companies with ambition lead change on a global scale. Since leading our Series A funding round back in 2015, Talis Capital has relentlessly been by our side and has been a critical part of Darktrace’s journey to the global leader in Cyber AI.”
“2020 has been a powerful year for all of us to shed fear and be a voice of change -I’ve become a lot more vocal in asking funds how they are supporting black founders, female founders, and diversity in venture. I’m proud to work with Matus, Kirill, and the Talis team - from the beginning they’ve prioritised working with founders of all backgrounds. It’s one thing to talk and quite another to put both time and money where it counts.”
“We’re really excited to have Talis Capital on board in our latest funding round. As a leading European tech investor their networks and strategic value-add are unparalleled.”