Edward Keelan

Edward Keelan

Investment Director
Octopus Ventures

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About this Speaker

Edward has worked at Octopus for over a decade. He is an Investment Director with a focus on backing the UK’s leading SaaS companies and helping them to scale. His role includes oversight of deal execution, representing Octopus as a Non-Executive Director on portfolio companies and sitting on the team’s investment committee.


Edward started his career as a Commercial Officer at Rolls Royce before helping to create and build a business consultancy focused on the management of institutional knowledge. He holds an Executive MBA with Distinction from the University of Oxford, Said Business School where he participates as an Entrepreneurship Expert for the oNetwork. With a passion for the sharing of knowledge Edward has spoken on a broad range of topics concerning small business, from creating a fundraising strategy to the building of high performance teams. A self-confessed business geek he enjoys working with early stage companies to give an open and honest view on their product-market fit, route to market and fundraising strategies. He is a mentor and speaker for the Oxford University, Liber project which helps fast growing UK businesses to scale and partner with Said Business School MBAs.


Finally, he is passionate about creating equality of opportunity for young people, and is a Career Ready mentor supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they enter the world of work or further education, and in 2020 he was named as a Career Ready mentor of the year.

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