At Eka we back founders building consumer technology companies with the potential to build outlier shareholder value in parallel with societal value, we call this building “shared value” (explained in the diagram below).

We have spent the last year building an investor base that shares this outlook and we are delighted that Big Society Capital, a leading financial institution dedicated to social impact investment in the UK, has played an instrumental role in Eka’s first investment into Urban Jungle, a fast growth insurance technology company. Urban Jungle is a great example of a company that we believe exhibits this shared value potential.

Shared value diagram

The challenge that Urban Jungle is addressing (Shared value thesis)

Urban Jungle is a technology enabled insurance provider on a mission to transform the £5bn UK home insurance market. Urban Jungle’s…


At Eka we back founders building consumer technology companies with the potential to build outlier shareholder value in parallel with societal value, we call this building “shared value” (explained in the diagram below).

We have spent the last year building an investor base that shares this outlook and we are delighted that Big Society Capital, a leading financial institution dedicated to social impact investment in the UK, has played an instrumental role in Eka’s first investment into Urban Jungle, a fast growth insurance technology company. Urban Jungle is a great example of a company that we believe exhibits this shared value potential.

Shared value diagram

The challenge that Urban Jungle is addressing (Shared value thesis)

Urban Jungle is a technology enabled insurance provider on a mission to transform the £5bn UK home insurance market. Urban Jungle’s…


Image courtesy of Bloom & Wild: Redefining the flower delivery experience

Digitally native brands, also referred to as Direct to consumer brands (D2C) and digitally native vertical brands (DNVB). This business model has flourished over the past 5 years — disrupting nearly every consumer category and shows no signs of slowing down.

Having been fortunate enough to have reviewed 1,000+ brands and have invested and been involved with some of the leading brands across categories globally in this space (Bloom & Wild, Gousto, Heist Studios, Mgemi, Rockets of awesome, Fenton & Co, Urban Jungle, Wool & The Gang) Jon and myself often get asked what metrics we look for when evaluating…


Panel

James Downing, Silicon Valley Bank (Moderator)

Timo Boldt, Founder & CEO Gousto

Jon Coker, Managing Partner Eka Ventures

Lucy Shea, Global CEO Futerra

Sandrine Ricard, Head of Sustainability, Chivas Brothers

Summary

The concept of sustainability has been around as long as human civilisation itself. However, within the commercial domain the need for sustainable development has not always been easy to reconcile against the push for sustained shareholder/investor returns.

Silicon Valley Bank Director James Downing explained to an audience of entrepreneurs and investors during a breakfast panel session on, ‘Investing in Sustainable Consumption’, two thirds of investors now claim they…


James Downing, Silicon Valley Bank (Moderator)

Timo Boldt, Founder & CEO Gousto

Jon Coker, Managing Partner Eka Ventures

Lucy Shea, Global CEO Futerra

Sandrine Ricard, Head of Sustainability, Chivas Brothers

Summary

The concept of sustainability has been around as long as human civilisation itself. However, within the commercial domain the need for sustainable development has not always been easy to reconcile against the push for sustained shareholder/investor returns.

Silicon Valley Bank Director James Downing explained to an audience of entrepreneurs and investors during a breakfast panel session on, ‘Investing in Sustainable Consumption’, two thirds of investors now claim they want…


The most valuable technology companies in the World are built on consumer technology[1]

The most valuable emerging companies in Europe are also consumer technology companies They have created 73% of the value of all the European $1b+ companies[2]


MMC waves goodbye to Wool and the Gang

Congratulations to Wool and the Gang on the announcement of its acquisition by BlueGem Capital Partners. This is a fantastic achievement for the company, and a critical milestone as it continues its journey to produce ethical, quality fashion in a sustainable way.

BlueGem Capital Partners has previously invested in Liberty London and Mamas & Papas. It is now committed to expanding Wool and the Gang as part of the Crafts Group Holdings, alongside other craft businesses such as embroidery thread brand, DMC.

Where it all began…

The origin of Wool and the…

Camilla Dolan

Investor @Eka Ventures: Investing into consumer technology companies that are building a healthier, more inclusive and sustainable economy

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