Arts Alliance Ventures builds companies

We partner with founders to create new products and scale them as independent companies.

Our Approach

We invest our time and capital in companies at an early stage, typically when founders have identified a problem and have created at least a prototype of their product or service. We only work on a handful of projects at a time. We prefer to focus our time and capital where we can make the biggest difference.

Every company we work with is different, and so is the way we work with them. You might find one of us working in an interim operational post, such as CFO, head of product, or legal counsel, or we might be called in to recruit key people for the team. You could also expect us to be involved at a strategic level, with brand development, and to participate in the company’s board of directors.

Unlike most investors we aren’t held to fund lifetimes. This means we have the freedom to be committed supporters of our companies in the long term.
Our Approach

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Our Companies

Arts Alliance Ventures has been investing in and building companies since 1996. We’ve been privileged to back over 40 companies in that time.

Portfolio Companies
Arts Alliance Media
Growth Street
Kebony
CreativeLive
Kenshoo
Lucky Voice
Made
Met Film School
Arts Alliance
Park Circus
Shazam
Tails.com
YCD Multimedia
Selected Exits
Brainient
Blinkbox
Graze
Interactive Investor
Kiala
lastminute.com
LOVEFiLM.com
Opera Software
Picturehouse Cinemas

Affiliated companies

In addition to our portfolio companies, Arts Alliance Ventures works closely with the following organisations.

Höegh Capital Partners   Pi Capital

Our Team

Thomas Høegh
Founder and CEO

Thomas focuses on the "user-experience" from a creative, strategic and economic point of view. His background as an artist and businessman forms the core aspect of Arts Alliance's competitive edge. As an artist, Thomas has directed over 20 major theatre, television and multimedia performance pieces in Norway, Japan and the United States. Thomas holds a master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor's degree in fine arts in theatre from Northwestern University. He sits on the boards of Arts Alliance Media, Met Film School, Growth Street, and Kebony.

John Woodward
Investment Director

John joined Arts Alliance in 2010 and works mainly on Arts Alliance's film related investments ranging from Arts Alliance Media, Europe's leading digital cinema software and services company, the Met Film School, the UK's largest private film academy, through to Park Circus, the classic movie distribution business. Previously John was the CEO of the UK Film Council where he oversaw more than £150m of investment into over 900 films. Previously he was CEO of the British Film Institute and CEO of the Producers' Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT). John founded and ran the most successful and influential trade association in the UK film and television industry. John is a Fellow of the Royal Television Society.

Oliver Shapleski
Head of Business and Legal Affairs

Oliver joined Arts Alliance in May 2005 and is head of business and legal affairs. Oliver manages Arts Alliance’s investment process from identification through to investment by our client funds, as well as restructurings and refinancings.

Before joining Arts Alliance, Oliver was a lawyer at Russell McVeagh and Minter Ellison in New Zealand. Oliver has bachelors degrees in law and finance from Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.  He sits on the board of Brainient and also serves as General Counsel to Growth Street.

Gavin Roberts
Head of finance and operations

Gavin joined Arts Alliance in 2008 and splits his time between deal-related activities, portfolio company oversight and internal management. Gavin is a chartered accountant with a Masters of Applied Finance and over a decade of experience in professional services. Prior to joining AAV Gavin worked at Anglo American and Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory where he focused on private equity, first in Sydney and then in London from 2005 onwards.

Since moving to London Gavin has collected three children and an M. Phil in philosophy from the University of London.

George Mills
Associate

George works on company building and new investment activities. He was the founding product manager at Growth Street and serves as a board observer for Kebony. Before joining Arts Alliance, George was Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Bristol where he worked with the technology transfer team and spin-out companies. Subsequently he co-founded an internet start-up focusing on mobile commerce.

George has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol, is a CFA charterholder, and is a Kauffman Foundation Global Scholar. George joined Arts Alliance in 2011.

Tina Thomas
PA to Thomas Høegh

Before joining Arts Alliance, Tina was PA for over five years to a Senior Partner in Andersen Corporate Finance. Prior to that she was PA to the Senior Civil Servant leading the privatisations of National Power, Power Gen and British Energy at the Department of Trade & Industry.

Bruce Leigh
IT Manager

Bruce joined Arts Alliance in 1998 and is responsible for the delivery and development of the IT services within Arts Alliance and related companies. Bruce has over 20 years' experience in IT Management and still loves solving the problems that new technology throws up. He has a BA (Hons) in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sussex at Brighton where he lives.

Get in touch

If you would like to speak with us about partnering with you to build your company, please get in touch.