Professor David Gann joins Board of VenCap International plc

VenCap International plc and VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited (the “Company” or “VenCap”)

Addition to Board

VenCap is delighted to announce that Professor David Gann has joined the Board of VenCap International plc, the Oxford, UK, based advisor to VenCap (Channel Islands) Limited, Manager of the VenCap funds.

David was Vice President, Innovation at Imperial College London and is taking up the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Development and External Affairs at Oxford University and Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Said Business School. He is Chairman of the UK’s Atomic Energy Authority and a member of both the UK government’s Department of Health and Social Care’s Technology Advisory Board and its Innovation Expert Group.

David has deep international experience in commercialising innovative technologies, creating and growing new technology ventures, and advising governments and corporate boards on innovation and technology management. He was Chairman of the Smart London Board, delivering London’s digital strategy and its implementation following the London 2012 Olympics. He is the author of eight books on innovation and entrepreneurship, including The Playful Entrepreneur, Yale University Press, 2018; Innovation: a very short introduction, OUP, 2018, and; The Oxford Handbook of Innovation Management, OUP, 2014. He writes a regular blog on these topics for the World Economic Forum.

Michael Ashall, Founder of VenCap, comments:

“We are delighted that Professor Gann has agreed to join the Board of VenCap International.  David brings a wealth of experience in and around entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of innovative technology and will bring value to both our investor base as well as the venture capitalists that we back”.

David Gamble, Chairman of VenCap International notes:

“David Gann is an excellent addition to our Board.  As technology increasingly becomes a key aspect of everyday life, our focus on investing in technology-focused venture funds has never been more relevant.  David’s experience within this sector adds to the skillset of our Board, and with the addition in 2019 of both Mark Richards (private equity and investment experience) and Alison Ridge (private markets, IR, fundraising and investment experience) we have a Board that is very current with all the trends relevant to us”.   

David Gann adds:

“I am very happy to be joining VenCap.  The team has built a very strong business, with incredible access to many of the leading venture capital groups around the world, and by proxy exposure to innovative technology companies.  This new role combines two of my main passions, entrepreneurship and technology and I look forward to contributing to the business”. 

About VenCap

VenCap is an independent investment firm focused on investing in top-tier venture capital funds in the US, Europe, China and India.

Founded in 1987, VenCap is one of the longest-established investment businesses focused on venture capital funds active today. It has raised approximately $2.4 billion across multiple funds-of-funds and separate client accounts.

Since its inception, VenCap has been an investor in funds that have offered investors early exposure to many of the most significant companies that have been formed in the last 30 years, for example Facebook, Google, Netflix, NVIDIA, Spotify and Zoom.




For further information, please contact:

VenCap International plc
Heinrich Riehl, CFA
Director of Fundraising and Client Services
+44 (0) 1865 799369

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