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.
Arts Alliance Ventures has been investing in and building companies since 1996. We’ve been privileged to back over 40 companies in that time.
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 Met Film School, Growth Street, and Kebony.
Gavin joined Arts Alliance in 2008 and is Investment Director, overseeing both new and existing investments and holds directorships on the Met Film School and Kebony boards. Gavin is a chartered accountant with a Masters of Applied Finance and over two decades of experience in professional services. Prior to joining Arts Alliance 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. Shortly after moving to London in 2005 Gavin collected three children and an M. Phil in philosophy from the University of London.
Christine joined Arts Alliance in June 2017 and manages all legal, compliance and corporate governance matters for the portfolio, including corporate transactions and investments. Before joining Arts Alliance Christine was General Counsel for Secret Escapes, the high-growth online travel company, and Osper, the prepaid debit card for young people.
Christine began her career as a criminal barrister, before switching to banking, where she worked at Ashurst LLP, Barclays Capital and Goldman Sachs. She has a BA in Jurisprudence from Balliol College, Oxford and is CISI-qualified.
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.
If you would like to speak with us about partnering with you to build your company, please get in touch.