GMG Venture

GMG Ventures is an early stage venture capital fund, set up to invest in start-ups that are impacting the rapidly evolving digital media ecosystem. It has one limited partner, The Scott Trust, which among other assets and funds, owns the Guardian news organization. As with any venture capital fund, GMGV is set up to generate financial returns, however, it also has strategic objectives linked to the Guardian. We have a clear investment strategy, set of investment themes and structured approach to help set up our portfolio companies to benefit from the wider Guardian Media Group, including its vast external network and the prestigious and trusted brand of the Guardian.

Alan Hudson

Co-Founder and General Partner

Samuel Rickard

Finance Director

Ginny Watsham

Investor

Denise Xifara

Co-Founder and Investor

34 past transactions

Streetbees.com Limited

Series B in 2020
Streetbees.com Limited develops and operates an artificial intelligence (AI) based market research platform. The company offers Streetbees Dynamic Growth Engine dashboard, which provides consumer insights and generates plans; and Streetbees Brand Experience Monitor for consumer demand monitoring and brand management. It also offers Streetbees Dynamic Audience Solution for target audience segmentation and market campaigns; and Streetbees Dynamic Media Landscape for marketing content, entertainment engagements, and insights. The company was incorporated in 2014 and is based in London, United Kingdom. It has an additional office in Lisboa, Portugal. Streetbees.com Limited operates as a subsidiary of BeMyEye Holdings Ltd.

Narrative Digital Studios

Seed Round in 2017
The Narrative Digital Studios Ltd provides content to produce digital shows. The company creates short, mid and long form content and integrates it with linear series. The Narrative Digital Studios Ltd was founded in 2015 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Dirty Lemon Beverages, LLC

Venture Round in 2018
Dirty Lemon Beverages, LLC produces and sells juices. The company was incorporated in 2015 and is based in New York, New York.

The ASI

Venture Round in 2019
Faculty provides data science and engineering training services. It provides training services to computer scientists in using artificial intelligence from the United Kingdom. It also developed a platform with large cloud computing space for accessing large amounts of data usable to design and test artificial intelligence models.

Signal Media

Series D in 2021
Signal AI is an AI-powered business intelligence and media monitoring company that aggregates, analyses, and provides business leaders with insights into digital, print and broadcast media, news, and regulatory data. Signal AI’s machine learning enables businesses to track their competitive landscape, changes to regulation, and monitor their reputation—empowering them to make smarter, faster business decisions. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.

Signal Media

Series C in 2019
Signal AI is an AI-powered business intelligence and media monitoring company that aggregates, analyses, and provides business leaders with insights into digital, print and broadcast media, news, and regulatory data. Signal AI’s machine learning enables businesses to track their competitive landscape, changes to regulation, and monitor their reputation—empowering them to make smarter, faster business decisions. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.

Papercup

Funding Round in 2020
Papercup develops a software which automatically translates voice track in videos based on the combinations of bayesian neural networks and speech synthesis. The software helps the video creators to produce a video in their original language and any user can translate that video in their preferred language. The company is based in London, United Kingdom.

Signal Media

Series B in 2018
Signal AI is an AI-powered business intelligence and media monitoring company that aggregates, analyses, and provides business leaders with insights into digital, print and broadcast media, news, and regulatory data. Signal AI’s machine learning enables businesses to track their competitive landscape, changes to regulation, and monitor their reputation—empowering them to make smarter, faster business decisions. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.

Chatterbox

Pre Seed Round in 2022
A corporate language learning platform that uniquely offers active practice alongside algorithmically matched native language coaches who share their students' professional backgrounds and interests. On the app, engineers are learning Arabic from engineers and aid workers are learning French from medical doctors and achieving industry topping course completion rates. Chatterbox language coaches are professionals who have become forcibly displaced and are currently undervalued in the labour market. Co-founded by a former refugee and Y Combinator alum, Chatterbox is backed by BGV, All Turtles and WeWork.

Vidsy

Series B in 2021
Vidsy is the creative technology engine powering mobile video ad creation for the world’s leading brands. Our technology, global community of 6,000+ vetted creators and fully managed services are empowering brands to intelligently transform their digital advertising for an ever-evolving world of mobile video.

A Million Ads Limited

Seed Round in 2018
A Million Ads personalises digital audio advertising. Think Spotify ads that know your name, or Classic FM ads on your Sonos that know if its raining outside. Their ads are more context aware and relevant to the listener, and so perform a lot better. They have delivered over 100 campaigns across Europe for brands including Audible, Deliveroo, Carphone Warehouse, Asda and Nissan, are working with four of the six major advertising agencies and have partnerships with Global Radio's DAX and Pandora (the world’s largest ad-funded music streaming service).

Vidsy

Seed Round in 2017
Vidsy is the creative technology engine powering mobile video ad creation for the world’s leading brands. Our technology, global community of 6,000+ vetted creators and fully managed services are empowering brands to intelligently transform their digital advertising for an ever-evolving world of mobile video.

Signal Media

Series A in 2016
Signal AI is an AI-powered business intelligence and media monitoring company that aggregates, analyses, and provides business leaders with insights into digital, print and broadcast media, news, and regulatory data. Signal AI’s machine learning enables businesses to track their competitive landscape, changes to regulation, and monitor their reputation—empowering them to make smarter, faster business decisions. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.

SpokenLayer

Seed Round in 2017
spokenlayer converts printed content and publications into audio. It allows clients to submit their articles using its self-guided API so that the company takes the content from the clients and finds suitable voice for narration thereby enables listening the content using mobile, Web, or in the car. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York.

SpokenLayer

Series A in 2019
spokenlayer converts printed content and publications into audio. It allows clients to submit their articles using its self-guided API so that the company takes the content from the clients and finds suitable voice for narration thereby enables listening the content using mobile, Web, or in the car. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York.

Unlock Inc

Seed Round in 2021
Unlock is an access control protocol that enables creators to monetize their content or software without relying on a middleman. It lets consumers manage all of their subscriptions in a consistent way, as well as earn discounts when they share the best content and applications they use.

Decoded

Series A in 2013
Decoded is the world’s leading Tech Educator. We support leadership teams with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to digitally transform their organisation. Our Leadership products are designed to rapidly decode the most complex and transformative technologies. Our Digital Transformation Programmes are designed to integrate a Lean approach to adopting and using technology across an entire organisation. We have delivered Leadership and Digital Transformation Programmes with the world’s largest organisations, in the process teaching over 100,000 people across 85 cities. Our suite of products are delivered both in-person and online. Our first publicly available digital product is Hacksy - a personal cyber security assistant - which we believe is the most valuable product any organisation or individual can buy. Specialities Innovation, Code, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Chat Bots, Storytelling, Cyber Security. Headquarters London, NYC, Sydney, Amsterdam

Cadmium

Pre Seed Round in 2019
A creative tool needs a creative person using it, and that’s you! By automating repetetive tasks, cadmium allows you, the artist, to focus more time on being creative.

Comixify.ai

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Comixify.ai Inc. develops an artificial intelligence (AI) enabled storytelling platform that converts videos into comics. It offers Comixify that allows users to transform any video or a set of photos into a one-page comic strip. The company’s Comixify enables users to upload a video/set of photos from a link or from a drive; let its data-driven models select the relevant and representative frames; align them to fit the standard comic strip layout; and apply a comic filter and add bubbles next to the faces. It also offers Comixify VFX demo platform, an online tool to try AI-based VFX tools. The company was incorporated in 2019 and is based in Wilmington, Delaware.

RADiCAL

Seed Round in 2018
Radical Solutions, LLC develops artificial intelligence (AI) based applications for 3D motion capture and animation for any video. The company through its platform detects and reconstructs 3D human motion from 2D content. Its application offers dynamic 3D previews of the results and visualized side-by-side with actual video footage. The company was incorporated in 2008 and is based in New York, New York.

Kyra Entertainment

Seed Round in 2019
Kyra TV publishes videos online. The company was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom.

SpokenLayer

Venture Round in 2015
spokenlayer converts printed content and publications into audio. It allows clients to submit their articles using its self-guided API so that the company takes the content from the clients and finds suitable voice for narration thereby enables listening the content using mobile, Web, or in the car. The company was founded in 2012 and is based in New York, New York.

Vidsy

Series A in 2018
Vidsy is the creative technology engine powering mobile video ad creation for the world’s leading brands. Our technology, global community of 6,000+ vetted creators and fully managed services are empowering brands to intelligently transform their digital advertising for an ever-evolving world of mobile video.

RADiCAL

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Radical Solutions, LLC develops artificial intelligence (AI) based applications for 3D motion capture and animation for any video. The company through its platform detects and reconstructs 3D human motion from 2D content. Its application offers dynamic 3D previews of the results and visualized side-by-side with actual video footage. The company was incorporated in 2008 and is based in New York, New York.

Narrative Digital Studios

Venture Round in 2018
The Narrative Digital Studios Ltd provides content to produce digital shows. The company creates short, mid and long form content and integrates it with linear series. The Narrative Digital Studios Ltd was founded in 2015 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Vizual.AI

Seed Round in 2017
Vizual.ai is an A.I. content imagery optimization platform that integrates with publisher web pages to drive increased user engagement. The Vizual.ai platform automatically deploys static images and .gif formats for any site imagery including video thumbnails and text based content, increasing publisher click through rates and site monetization. Vizual.ai is the first company to launch from Foundry.ai, the artificial intelligence studio created by industry veterans Jim Manzi and Ned Brody.

Vizual.AI

Venture Round in 2019
Vizual.ai is an A.I. content imagery optimization platform that integrates with publisher web pages to drive increased user engagement. The Vizual.ai platform automatically deploys static images and .gif formats for any site imagery including video thumbnails and text based content, increasing publisher click through rates and site monetization. Vizual.ai is the first company to launch from Foundry.ai, the artificial intelligence studio created by industry veterans Jim Manzi and Ned Brody.

Auxuman

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Auxuman Inc., an AI-music startup company, develops synthetic celebrities using AI-generated music and appearance to enable the next generation of digital entertainment for creators without access to studios, infrastructure, and gaming technology. The company was founded in 2019 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Founders Factory

Venture Round in 2016
Founders Factory is a leading startup accelerator and venture studio, partnering with the world’s best founders and corporates to build, fund, and scale ambitious startups worldwide. Founded in 2015 by Brent Hoberman, Henry Lane Fox and George Northcott, Founders Factory is on a mission to shortcut - and de-risk - building and scaling technology startups; by combining capital, expert operational support, and access to world-class corporates. The Founders Factory portfolio includes over 200 tech companies globally, 35+ of which have been built from scratch in their Venture Studio. Their corporate partners include the likes of Reckitt Benckiser, L’Oreal, easyJet, Aviva, Marks & Spencer, Guardian Media Group, Johnson Innovation-JJDC, Chinese private equity firm CSC Group and educational publisher Holtzbrinck.

Alloptic

Venture Round in 2001
Alloptic delivers proven, standards-based passive optical network access equipment that operates at gigabit speeds. A complete suite of central office and customer premise equipment simplifies deployment for both Fiber-to-the-Business and Fiber-to-the-Home applications. Alloptic uses a pure Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GEPON) architecture; i.e., no active components in the field. Alloptic got recap in 2004.

Resemble AI

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Resemble AI develops a speech-generating device and software solution. The company's technology uses speech recordings to create a personalized digital voice. The company offers voice cloning solutions consumed via web or API; creates fictitious voices from digital characters and games; and provides detection of voice solutions. The company serves the entertainment sector and marketing agencies. The company was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

DeepTrace

Pre Seed Round in 2019
Sensity develops a visual threat intelligence platform that collects visual data from various sources across the open and dark web for monitoring and detecting deepfake. The company’s platform detects malicious visual media and reveal a comprehensive view of the risks associated with audio-visual content targeting individuals and companies. Its platform is used for reputation management for the entertainment industry or any prominent public figure whose reputation may be affected by fakes images or videos; fact-checking in journalism; and PR crisis management for brands or companies. Sensity was formerly known as Deeptrace. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Dirty Lemon Beverages, LLC

Seed Round in 2017
Dirty Lemon Beverages, LLC produces and sells juices. The company was incorporated in 2015 and is based in New York, New York.