At Cognia we work in partnership with investors to build our business. We are pleased to be backed by some of the top venture capital funds
Swisscom Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Switzerland’s largest telecommunications provider has made a major investment in cloud PCI payment solutions businesses Cognia. The new investment will allow significant development of its UK sales and marketing arm, and is intended to help Cognia accelerate its growth plans and specifically its expansion into North America and Asia Pacific.
Founded in 1999, Oxford Capital is now one the UK’s most active growth capital investors. Investing through the Enterprise Investment Scheme, the firm typically backs companies seeking between £1m and £5m to fund commercial expansion.
Oxford Capital invests in sectors ranging from medical diagnostics to sustainable agriculture, but communication technology is a particular area of focus. Its past and present portfolios include a number of mobile technology developers, Software-as-a-Service businesses and Cloud service providers.
Ultimately, Oxford Capital backs exceptional entrepreneurs and management teams, with the aim of turning outstanding innovation into highly-successful businesses.
Vodafone Ventures is the strategic corporate venture capital arm of Vodafone Group. Established in 2000, Vodafone Ventures is one of the world’s first investment funds for mobile.
Our investments, made in conjunction with top-tier VC firms, focus on Consumer, Enterprise, Infrastructure and Devices.
The Cognia Board
The Cognia Board includes our CEO and CFO along with key people from our investors and those that bring unrivalled industry insight and high growth business experience.
Simon became Chairman of Cognia in September 2014. Following a successful career with Goldman Sachs, he now manages an international portfolio of private and public equity, bonds and venture capital investments through his firm – SM Investments. Simon is also an Investment Advisor to Oxford Capital and a member of the Investment Committee.
During his earlier career, Simon worked as a managing director for Bankers Trust Company heading up distressed trading in Asia and Japan.
Simon earned a degree in Civil Engineering from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge University.
Co-founder – Oxford Capital
David co-founded Oxford Capital and chairs the Management Committee. During his career as an investment manager, he has advised the government and the European Commission on investment policy and is an active member of YPO, the Young Presidents Organization, and London chapter. Prior to establishing Oxford Capital, David worked in the UK, Switzerland and Germany with Result Ventures, PwC, Deloitte and in Hong Kong with Jardine Fleming.
David has a Ba in Economics and Japanese from the University of Durham and completed the Private Equity leadership development programme at Harvard Business School.
Stewart was appointed as Cognia’s CEO in December 2015. The early part of his career was spent in designing fly-by-wire anionics systems; He was Marketing Director from start-up up through IPO for Business Objects; appointed Executive Vice President Europe for Stanford Technology Group (now part of IBM) and EVP MicroStrategy Inc (NASD: MSTR).
Stewart is the Chairman of Prolabs Holdings, Hardware Group and Zycko Group.
Andy joined Cognia in 2011 bringing with him a decade of experience in designing and developing winning cloud solutions for start-ups, multinationals and banks. Formerly, he ran the technology incubator for Cobalt Storm.
Andrew holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of East Anglia.
Mark is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years experience in high-growth technology ventures. He was previously at Ernst & Young and was a founding member of its global Corporate Finance Technology Practice.