George Whitehead

George has worked in the venture capital industry for over ten years and has built up relationships with many of Europe’s leading investors and entrepreneurs. He heads Ventures in-house media and communications function, and is responsible for PR, marketing and key corporate sponsorships.

He joined Octopus in July 2011 and is the co-founder and Chairman of the Angel Cofund, a £100 million Government backed fund focused on co-investing with angel investors. Prior to Octopus George held the position of Business Development Director at NESTA Investments’ £50 million Venture Capital Fund where he ran a portfolio of programmes aimed at supporting growth companies. He began his career as an investment manager at Oxford Innovations, where he managed the Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION), one of Europe’s most successful private investment networks, before moving on to successfully turnaround and manage the incubations programme for the University of Toronto’s Technology Transfer Office.