Kirsten leads the pre-seed fund at Octopus Venture focused on B2B SaaS, FinTech, and Digital Health across Europe. She has spent the best part of the last decade working alongside some of Europe’s most exciting high-growth startups.
During her tenure at Seedcamp as General Manager Kirsten traveled extensively across Europe meeting exceptional founders building disruptive technologies. In late 2015 Kirsten became CyLon’s Managing Director and grew Europe’s first cyber security accelerator into a global program with a footprint across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. During her five years at CyLon, she accelerated over 100 companies to a portfolio value of over £600m. Kirsten is a proud Angel investor in a number of UK’s most disruptive cyber security startups including Tessian, Immersive Labs, DynaRisk, Cybersmart, Zamna, and RiskLedger.
More recently Kirsten joined Octopus Venture and launched their first dedicated pre-seed fund investing in B2B SaaS, FinTech and Digital Health across Europe.
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