Consistently exceeding expectations for more than 18 years.

Entrepreneurial roots

Founded in 2002 as Root Capital, we spent the early years cutting our teeth, and over time have developed a platform and reliable scaling methodology that can be applied to any B2B digital business.  In 2021, we rebranded to ScaleUp Capital to better reflect what we actually do.

Our founders have been where you are, having spent over 11 years from 1991 to 2002 building two high growth businesses in the B2B technology and services sectors, with combined revenue of >£50 million and employing several hundreds of people, before exiting both to larger trade buyers.

Dedicated, sector specialists

We specialise in the B2B digital sector, covering technology, software, content and services.  Many of our businesses are built on SaaS, subscription, managed service or outsourcing revenue streams.

Our core values give you a sense of what we are like to work with.

Entrepreneurialism

We invest in entrepreneurial businesses and we are entrepreneurial ourselves.  This is about being alert to opportunities when they arise and seizing the moment. It’s about being positive and can-do when the going gets tough. It’s about always finding a way when the prize is big enough.  It’s about being pragmatic and flexible.  And it’s about being human, valuing people and relationships and having fun.

Truth

We believe that if sensible people can get to the truth and heart of a matter, then they tend to make the right decisions, and most poor judgements or misunderstandings or disagreements stem from one side or the other not having access to the objective truth.  We listen, observe, and relentlessly question and investigate until we get to this truth.  And then we say it as it is.

 

Pace

We move fast. Pace delivers results more quickly.  If we fail, then pace means we fail fast, learn and have time to pivot and try again.  Pace eliminates wastage, forces focus on what really matters, and engenders a relentless desire for more progress and better results.  Pace requires intensity, being direct and straightforward, cutting to the chase, keeping things simple, and always having a clear purpose to what we are doing.

Rigour

We set high standards and go the extra mile to ensure the rigour of our work. We collect all the pertinent data that exists and analyse and organise this information logically, accurately and without error, paying attention to the details. We are clear and transparent about where we have the data to back up conclusions and where we don’t, and cognisant of the quality of the sources and reliability of the data.

 

Meet The Team

  • Simon Philips - CEO

    After graduating with a first class degree in engineering from Cambridge University and starting his career at Bain & Company, Simon spent 11 years building and then selling two digital businesses before setting up ScaleUp Capital in 2003, he has gone on to develop an enviable track record as an investor and scale-up specialist in the digital sector.

  • Frank Hyman - COO

    After graduating in PPE from Oxford University, Frank started out in consultancy with Bridgewater and then Capgemini, before taking on operational and MD roles at Electrocomponents and Autocue. Joining ScaleUp in 2013, Frank has led new investments and the further development and rollouts of our Scaler Programme.

  • Michael Allen - Investment Director

    Michael graduated from Kings College London with a first class honours in 2008. He is responsible for ScaleUp Capital's deal origination and execution. He is a chartered accountant and investment professional of 10 years. Before joining ScaleUp Capital, Michael spent 5 years with PwC in their Corporate Finance division.

  • Michael Panagopoulos - Strategy Director

    Michael focuses on strategic analysis and detailed examination of new markets to understand where growth opportunities lie. His strategic experience comes from his senior roles at L.E.K. and EY Parthenon. Previous to this Michael completed an M.B.A following his studies at Cornell University.

  • Kirstyn Lowry-Corry - Finance Director

    Kirstyn is an experienced portfolio manager and fully qualified chartered accountant. After studying Finance and Economics and the University of Durham, Kirstyn moved into senior positions at Montagu Private Equity and Saffery Champness, before joining ScaleUp Capital in the first half of 2020.

  • James Craig - Change Director

    James is responsible for supporting the senior leadership teams in our portfolio companies through the successful implementation of the Scaler Programme. Before joining ScaleUp Capital, James was a management consultant at Baringa Partners and Accenture, previous to this he studied at the University of Nottingham before completing his MSc in Management at Imperial College London.

  • Jamie Arnold - Talent Manager

    Jamie is responsible for ScaleUp Capital's talent acquisition and leadership development function. Jamie graduated with a first class honours from the University of Exeter in 2016, following this he spent 4 years with Skill Capital, a private equity-focused executive search firm before joining ScaleUp Capital in 2020.

  • Niall Casson - Marketing & Origination Manager

    Graduating with a first class honours in Business Management and Marketing, Niall is responsible for ScaleUp Capital's deal origination and brand management. His role involves building new relationships with exciting businesses. His background sits within financial services and technology.

  • Karen Steadman - Team Support

    Karen joined ScaleUp Capital in August 2015 and has previous experience in marketing and events. Karen supports the senior team and is involved in projects across the company portfolio.

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  • Become a ScaleUp Capital Leader

    We often back existing CEOs and management teams, but there are occasions where we need to add new leaders to the C-suite.

    It’s great to work with a proven CEO, but we are also always on the lookout for emerging, high-potential leaders. These individuals are earlier in their professional careers but are super-bright, driven, commercial, and ambitious, with backgrounds often in strategy consulting.

    If you fit this bill and want to move from consultancy into entrepreneurial management, then please do get in touch

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