Alliott Cole

CEO, Octopus Ventures

Alliott Cole is Chief Executive of Octopus Ventures. He joined Octopus in 2008 and assumed his current role in 2017.

Octopus Ventures, part of the Octopus Group, is a leading European venture capital firm that helps pioneering entrepreneurs change the world by taking ideas from inception to international scale-up. Alliott has been instrumental in helping its portfolio companies scope, test, and expand into the US market. He also led Octopus’ own expansion into the US, where he opened its New York office in 2016.

Octopus Ventures has supported over 100 entrepreneurs that are leading the way in disrupting their industries, focussing on three key areas; industry, money and health. Alliott has worked closely with the founders of Antidote, Big Health, Conversocial,, Rangespan, Sofar Sounds, Secret Escapes, & Zoopla. Octopus Ventures now manages more than £1bn in assets.

Prior to joining Octopus, Alliott worked at Ashurst LLP where he was also seconded to NM Rothschild and IBM in London. He holds a Masters in Classics from Oxford University.

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