James Wise (businessman)

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Alma materOxford University
OccupationVenture capitalist

James Wise is a venture capitalist from Stockport, England.[1]

He studied at University of Oxford. He was a director of the charity Social Business Trust[2], before becoming the youngest partner of a European Venture Firm in 2016 at Balderton Capital[3]. He is associated with Balderton investments into Financial technology companies including Revolut and GoCardless[4], and sits on the board of notable technology companies including Sophia Genetics and 3D Hubs[5]. He is considered an influential figure in British Private Equity and Venture Capital Association[6].

In 2011, he was appointed as a Specialist Advisor to the Select committee (United Kingdom) on charity and social enterprise[7], and in 2020 advised the Parliamentary Select Committee on the British Government's Industrial Strategy[8]. He is a trustee of the cross-party think-tank Demos (UK think tank)[9]


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  2. "Elizabeth Paton, James Wise (Published 2019)". The New York Times. 2019-06-30. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  3. "Balderton Capital Promotes Rob Moffat And James Wise To Partner". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  4. Ghosh, Shona. "The 36 coolest tech investors in the UK". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  5. GENETICS, SOPHiA. "SOPHiA GENETICS Raises $30 Million in Series D Funding to Accelerate its Mission of Democratizing Data-Driven Medicine Worldwide". www.prnewswire.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  6. Wood, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Mary Hanbury, Charlie. "UK Tech 100: The 100 most influential people shaping British technology in 2019". Business Insider. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  7. "House of Commons - The Big Society - Public Administration Committee". publications.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  8. "Committee examines scaling-up & opportunities for growth - Committees - UK Parliament". committees.parliament.uk. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  9. "Demos - Charity 1042046". register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk. Retrieved 2021-01-21.

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