We’re BGV, Europe’s leading early-stage tech for good VC. We invest in ambitious and diverse founders using technology to create positive impact at scale. 

The BGV team

Our team is united by a shared belief in tech for good.

10YRS

investing in tech for good

166

ventures invested

13M+

lives positively impacted

Robert Dangell
Robert Dangell (he/him)
Yumi Tsoy
Yumi Tsoy (she/her)
Catherine Barker
Catherine Barker (she/her)
Cansu Deniz Bayrak
Cansu Deniz Bayrak (she/her)
Milly Shotter
Milly Shotter (she/her)
Nelly Lavielle
Nelly Lavielle (she/her)
Dama Sathianathan
Dama Sathianathan (she/her)
Melanie Hayes
Melanie Hayes (she/her)
Paul Miller
Paul Miller (he/him)
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Our principles

Our principles reflect our values and guide how we work with others.

Understand the problem

Be imaginative, act early

Lead by example

Be part of something bigger

Take the long view

Our story

While BGV officially launched in 2012, our story started in 2008 running ‘Social Innovation Camps’. An early version of what later became known as a ‘hack weekend’. We brought together people who were at the sharp end of social and environmental problems with some of the best tech talent in the UK seeking a more meaningful use of their skills.

At the end of every weekend the same question always came up: “How do I quit my job and turn this into a startup?”

At the same time we were learning about the (then tiny) phenomenon of accelerator programmes in the US. We put two and two together – the Social Innovation Camp community and what we learned about the accelerator model – and created Europe’s first ‘tech for good’ accelerator. We named it after the place we were based at the time – Bethnal Green.

Since those early days we’ve gone on to become one of the UK’s leading early-stage VCs. While we’ve evolved and grown as a company, our vision remains the same: to significantly improve hundreds of millions of lives through tech for good.

Hear from the BGV team and some of our founders.

We've been featured in the likes of ,  and .

Named as one of the top 100 organisations to work for out of 13,000 nominations

Venture capital firm of the year

Ranked second globally for our diversity and inclusion efforts