Entrepreneur First tech backers channelling MI5 to find London’s next big things

“There’s a storm coming,” says Alice Bentinck, co-founder of Entrepreneur First. She’s been discussing how her tech venture-capital fund is shaking up the digital investment scene and could soon put the wind up Silicon Valley’s stalwarts.  As it happens, her comments are rather less abstract. A glance into the skies above EF’s astroturfed roof garden reveals a flash of lightning, and a downpour shellacks us as we dash inside. Safely installed within EF’s office — which stretches over two floors in Bermondsey’s ultra-hip Biscuit Factory — Bentinck is able to conclude her point: “The European tech venture-capital scene is relatively nascent but is well-placed to help tech start-ups.  “That’s why we focus on backing artificial intelligence companies — from machine learning, augmented and virtual reality firms to advanced robotics and…


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