Founder Network

The Episode 1 Founder Network is a group of highly successful entrepreneurs and operators who've invested in our funds. We engage with this community for due-diligence and deal-flow sharing. Many of the group are Episode 1 portfolio founders and Riding Unicorns guests such as the founders of Zoopla, Wayflyer, Bloom & Wild, Velocity Black, Cazoo, Sequel and many more.

Contact the team if you'd like to explore joining our Founder Network.


Focal is one of the leading open-access demo days globally, with many thousands of startups applying each year.

Incubated within Episode 1, and now with its own full-time management team, Focal provides a platform for the top 1% of startups (as voted for by Focal's 250+ partner VCs) to pitch to almost every prospective investor in one go. It also democratises angel investment by allowing demo day attendees to invest small amounts in some of the startups that pitch. Episode 1 is delighted to have co-invested with other funds in Focal alumni, and will continue to do so.

Riding Unicorns

Riding Unicorns is a leading entrepreneurship podcast hosted by Episode 1 General Partner, Hector Mason and James Pringle, VC at Portfolio Ventures.

The show provides an insight into the scaling journeys of some of world's most exciting startups and investors with a particular focus on the founder psyche. Guests include Alex Chesterman (Cazoo, Zoopla, Lovefilm), Ali Parsa (Babylon Health, Circle), Aron Gelbard (Bloom & Wild), Irina Scarlat (Revolut, BitPanda, Uber), George Robson (Sequoia Capital).


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