Today London-based Index Ventures has just announced a new Seed Fund. This is the second dedicated seed fund after the launch the initial $200 million Origin fund last year; increasing the size of Index’s seed fund by 50%.
Index Origin II, a €290 million Seed Fund designed for extraordinary entrepreneurs has just been unveiled. Index second global seed fund aims to give entrepreneurs everywhere the funding and business resources they need to answer the big questions, bring their ideas to life and prepare for the journey ahead.
Matching their deep conviction for early-stage investing and belief in the opportunities ahead, at $300m, Origin II is $100m larger than Origin I. It is a highly collaborative fund, with seed-specific support, that works alongside solo GPs and angels, to help companies be best positioned for success.
The power of ‘What If’?
Entrepreneurship at its best begins with a simple question: “What if..?” It’s a curiosity that has fuelled innovators for centuries to challenge the status quo, driven by a relentless belief in what’s possible.
It’s the conviction of these founders that inspires Index Origin II. Innovators like Baiju and Vlad at Robinhood, who asked “what if everyone could access the stock market?“, Will from Deliveroo who explored how to deliver your favorite restaurant meal to you in 30 minutes, and Nik at Revolut who formulated a plan to create better financial products for millions.
Index Origin II is now seeking to fund the next generation of founders who are prepared to ask: What If? And they believe this is the right time to be asking those questions. Extraordinary entrepreneurs succeed regardless of the macro dynamics. They don’t start a business based on rallying markets and trending VC investments but instead are driven by a singular mission and complete conviction.
In fact, uncertain times have time and time again produced some of the most successful companies. From Airbnb to Adyen, Slack to Skype, Google and Spotify, innovative companies have always been founded or grown during a downturn. They operate in an environment with fewer competitors, where startups produce better, more resilient teams with a greater focus and agility than legacy players.
A collaborative approach
Index Origin II is further expanding first found collaborative approach with the seed community – prioritising co-investing with seed funds, solo general partners, and angel investors for the benefit of founders. They believe this is the best way to support and nurture the next cohort of companies that will come to define their future.
In addition, they have refined their specific support for seed-stage companies, provided by an experienced team of investors, strategists, and an extensive global network built over three decades of startup investing, including:
First Hires: In the early days of a business, getting the team right is crucial.
Early Adopters: Index Origin will help founders gain access to key decision-makers at well-known companies, with the opportunity to become design partners and help startups with early customer feedback.
Operating Experts: Index has built an extensive network of specialists and experts across product, sales, finance, operations, and engineering.
Resources: Dedicated seed-specific resources such as OptionPlan Seed, helping founders establish their first stock option plan.
Now, the team behind Index Origin II aims to connect with extraordinary founders looking to define the next decade, those who can’t stop themselves from asking the simple question: What If?