Old College Capital

Old College Capital (OCC) is the University of Edinburgh’s venture investment fund.

OCC manages Edinburgh’s early-stage investment activities and shareholdings, supporting exciting ideas and technologies emerging from the University. Working with our founders, investors, and the ecosystem, OCC accelerates the journey of startups and spinouts looking to make a positive impact on people and our planet.

We invest in deep-tech, high growth companies associated with the University from pre-Seed to Series A, typically writing cheques of between £50k and £250k. Our team are early-stage specialists, passionate about getting ideas from our staff, students, and research out into the world to make a difference. We are active and engaged shareholders but invest with a long-term patient capital approach. We continue to support post-investment including joining boards as observers, leveraging the expertise and network of the University and by following our money in subsequent rounds.

We recognise different investors bring varying perspectives, experiences and expertise and we look to help Edinburgh companies find the right investors for them. We follow a co-investment model, working collaboratively with a wide range of investment partners. Collectively, OCC and its partners invested over £100m in University of Edinburgh associated companies last year.


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