We envision a world in which the humanities, social sciences and technology are deeply integrated into every business to ensure they are fit for both the market and society.

Critical Capital for Critical Founders

Who we are

We are Houghton Street Ventures, a venture capital firm founded in partnership with the London School of Economics

For 125 years, the LSE has produced global leaders and innovators in every field. From captains of industry to heads of state. Pulitzer prize winners to Nobel Laureates. Ambassadors and academics to artists and activists. This spirit of diversity, dedication and depth is core to our philosophy at Houghton Street Ventures. So we’ve created a distinctive approach that’s singularly focused on a certain type of founder. Those that have forged their world view in the unique environment of LSE.

Our approach

Our strategy backs LSE founders who are building companies that harness the power of the humanities, social sciences and technology.

At Seed and Series A – in the early days, when it’s most needed. When the product may be basic, but the potential can be huge. We lead with conviction and follow on with focus. Providing the accelerant for their ambitions.

We’ve developed an approach to investing that reflects this perspective. We call it ‘Critical Capital’. Critical because of the stage and the type of thinking we practice. The vital nature of the companies we back. And the combination of disciplines they apply.

Our value

We support our founders with inspiration, insight, and influence.

Leveraging the LSE ecosystem to provide them with the expertise, energy and encouragement of a global support network. Enabling them to enter new markets, extend their funding, enhance their talent pool, expand their operations and elevate our potential as a society.

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Office address
LSE Library,
10 Portugal St,

Mailing address
5th Floor, Lionel Robbins Building,
Houghton Street,

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