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Emil Gigov

Partner

AI/ Data Fintech

Joined 2000

Overview

Emil has been investing with us across a broad range of industries ever since 2000. A venture veteran, he specialises in discovering earlier stage, fast-growing companies and supporting them to success. His interests span fintech, data/AI and wider B2B software sectors. 

Emil enjoys working in close partnership with visionary founders, helping them navigate the challenges of scaling. He has garnered decades of expertise working at board level with more than 35 companies, and is adept at advising startups on strategy, leadership, organisational structure, finance, and fundraising. 

Following his early career at KPMG in London, Emil operated in VC through the dotcom cycle and the financial crisis of 2007-9 . He labels the challenging early 2000s as “formative years”, during which he also helped manage a portfolio of quoted small cap technology investments. Founders who partnered with Emil gain access to deep insights and a resilience learned from experience.

Emil holds a BA (Hons) degree in European Business Administration and is a Fellow of the ICAEW (FCA).

Personal

In his spare moments Emil loves spending time outdoors. He is a keen skier and cyclist, and also appreciates a (well-deserved) pint of ale with his cycling buddies after a long day in the saddle. A father of two girls, he supports charities improving female access to education around the world. 

“I enjoy the fast pace of change in an early stage start-up,” Emil says. His top tip for founders? “The ability to adapt, more than anything else, accounts for success or failure. Founders who combine passion and deep knowledge of the problem they are solving, with an inquisitive mind and fast execution ability, maximise their chance to succeed.”

EMIL GIGOV, PARTNER

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