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Grafton Capital at a glance

2014

Established

£131m

Invested to Date

12

Investments

£5m-£20m

Typical Investment

Grafton Capital is a private equity firm focused on investment in European, growth stage, tech-enabled companies.

Since 2014, Grafton has invested over £130m and partnered with founders who have global ambitions, as well as companies that are leading players in valuable niches.

We typically invest between £5 – £20 million, taking a minority stake in a business. Our focus is on providers of business software, data and analytics, online platforms and marketplaces.

Grafton Capital General Partner Limited and Grafton Capital (Jersey) GP Limited (together “Grafton Capital”) are Jersey-based Alternative Investment Fund Managers under the regulation of the Jersey Financial Services Commission, wholly-owned by Grafton Capital Limited, and references on this website to investments or portfolio companies are references to investments made and managed by Grafton Capital.

Grafton Capital Limited is based in London, is the investment adviser to Grafton Capital. Grafton Capital Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under FRN 848994.

Commitment, not control

Taking a minority stake in business means Grafton Capital partners act as a sounding board, listening and guiding founders in the right direction rather than taking control. Being a boutique firm, we offer a committed team of senior level executives and advisers with the professional approach of top tier growth capital investment firms.

Specialists in software

Grafton Capital has a proven track record of supporting entrepreneurs that have built successful tech-enabled or software businesses. We are laser focused on this market and are able to share best practice across the portfolio, supporting founding teams when and how they need it.

Entrepreneurial at heart

Grafton Capital has an entrepreneurial approach to investing and building value. An investment can be growth capital into a business, used to buy shares from inactive shareholders, or to help founders de-risk their own position.

Grafton Capital has brought immense value to Third Financial. They bring a sensible sounding board for ideas, independent thinking and very valuable experience. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them.

Ian Partington, CEO at Third Financial

It’s very easy to work with them. They are very skilled with an entrepreneurial approach. The relationship with my organisation has been very successful.

Giovanni “Nanni” Grossi, Founder and CEO at BOARD International

Ed has been a great addition to the SportPursuit Board, building relationships quickly with founders, management and our other venture capital investors. Ed has pragmatic style and a great ability to focus on the key issues in the Board room.

Adam Pikett, CEO and CoFounder, SportPursuit

“I was a little apprehensive initially, but Grafton Capital met and exceeded all my expectations. They added immense value to our board of directors and were exceptionally good at helping the management team to focus on what really matters and to make informed decisions.”

Marios Stavropoulos, CEO and Co-Founder of Softomotive

News

Grafton Capital's recent updates

July 2021

Grafton Capital achieves successful exit from Alva

Grafton Capital has achieved a successful exit for its investors from Alva, as it is acquired by portfolio companies of the US-based private equity firm, Falfurrias Capital.

July 2021

Grafton Capital makes €18m minority investment in Xtremepush

Grafton Capital invested €18 million in Xtremepush, a multi-channel customer engagement platform provider, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland.

June 2020

Grafton Capital achieves succesful exit from SportPursuit

Grafton Capital exits its investment in SportPursuit as bd-Capital acquire a majority holding.

October 2020

Grafton Capital invests further £7m at Third Financial

Grafton Capital invested a further £7m in Third Financial, the fast growth fintech platform for the wealth management industry, becoming the majority owner. Read more here.

April 2020

Microsoft Corporation acquires Softomotive

Microsoft Corporation acquires Softomotive for an undisclosed sum, 18 months after Grafton became the first and only outside investor in the company. Read more here.

March 2020

Grafton Capital surpasses £100m of investments

Grafton Capital passed the milestone of £100m invested in growth companies, since inception in late 2014. Read more here.

March 2020

$20m growth capital investment at Omilia

Grafton becomes the first outside investor in Omilia. Omilia’s AI platform delivers automated, conversational customer care at enterprise scale. Leading enterprises, across banking, insurance, telecom, and broadcast, rely upon Omilia’s platform to address hundreds of millions of customer queries per year. The Omilia platform has been trained by billions of real-life customer utterances, and uses voice biometrics to serve customers securely, with minimal disruption.

February 2019

Nordic Capital acquires BOARD International

Grafton Capital realises a 4.5x net return for investors on its May 2016 investment in BOARD International. Grafton re-invests CHF 20 million alongside the founders and new owners, Nordic Capital.

October 2018

$25m invested into Softomotive

Grafton Capital invests $25m and becomes the first outside investor in Softomotive. Softomotive is one of the leading providers of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Robotic Desktop Automation (RDA) software, serving over 7,000 customers worldwide.

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