Ascension Ventures

Ascension Ventures is a strategic healthcare venture fund and early-stage venture capital firm.

4.7
(15)

Independent rating of Ascension Ventures VC fund

Overall rating:
4.7
(15)
Team quality
4.1
Professionalism
Personal qualities
None
Integrity
None
Respect and decency
None
Experience
None
Relevant expertise
None
Investment process
4.7
Approachability
Clarity of the process
None
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Ease of the process
None
Due diligence
Value add
4.6
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Founder friendly
None
Help with follow-up rounds
None

About Ascension Ventures VC fund

Founded:
2001
Number of funds:
5
Number of investments:
77
Number of exits:
26
Headquarters:
Organization type:
Corporate Venture Capital, Venture Capital

How Ascension Ventures VC fund invests

Portfolio - latest investments by Ascension Ventures VC fund

Founders' reviews of Ascension Ventures VC fund

Team quality
5.0
Professionalism
Investment process
5.0
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
5.0
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
Clarity
Transparent decision making from first meeting. Operated with the highest integrity throughout our partnership. Helpful beyond just writing a cheque.
Team quality
5.0
Professionalism
Investment process
5.0
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
5.0
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Sublime
Really great team - made a quick decision on us after a session with Jean & Remy
Team quality
5.0
Professionalism
Investment process
5.0
Approachability
Responsiveness
Value add
Not reviewed
Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Felt Superficial
Analyst was clearly working through a checklist, not really engaged in the opportunity
Team quality
5.0
Professionalism
Investment process
4.5
Approachability
Responsiveness
Value add
Not reviewed
Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Jean was Repelling
I found Kieran great - he moved quickly and made good intros. The follow-up with Jean was less fun and I found him quite dismissive from the outset.
Team quality
2.0
Professionalism
Investment process
4.5
Approachability
Responsiveness
Value add
Not reviewed
Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Lackluster
Unspecific in their feedback, did not get back to us the 1st time we dealt with them, took a lot of time, .
Team quality
2.0
Professionalism
Investment process
4.5
Approachability
Responsiveness
Value add
Not reviewed
Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Careful With the New Blood
Ascension are a large fund and it seems they have some inexperienced associates working for them. Make sure you ask them about potential conflicts of interest: They made us reveal minute details about our business, only to inform us that they have investments they consider to be competition.
Team quality
5.0
Professionalism
Investment process
5.0
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.8
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Enduring Value
Lovely bunch of people who have continued to involve us in their network and support us throughout.
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
4.5
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.7
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Adoration
I am super impressed with Ascension. I love their desire for social impact. I love the humanity behind their interactions: they are considerate, available and fair.
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
4.5
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.3
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Broke the Mould
Just very good early stage backers and nice people. Not stereotypical VC types
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
5.0
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
5.0
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Smiled Upon by Fortune
I love Ascension! They approached me after a demo day and it all went very quickly. I got to meet the top brass at the VC, they were super nice and approachable. They asked the right tough question, but at the same time were very attentive and made an effort to research and understand my industry/business. They quickly made a decision and the DD was easy. They helped me on the admin side of the raise as well, and intro'd me to several investors over the next months to year, which turned out to be great leads. I also always appreciate their networking events and opportunities, either with investors or other founders. I feel lucky to have Ascension Ventures backing my business.
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
4.8
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.2
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
We're very happy and proud to be part of the Ascension portfolio. Their team has supported us all along the way through our journey as an early stage Seed company and continues to be a valued partner!
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
4.2
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.0
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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To a Higher Plane
I would say Ascension is one of the best at pre-seed funding. They know what to look. They don't follow they crowd. They make independent decisions. One of the best first round funders in the game in London, UK
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
4.5
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.5
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Pièce de Résistance
They are great
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
5.0
Approachability
Speed of the process
Responsiveness
Due diligence
Value add
4.8
Supportiveness
Value add beyond financing
Board activity
Terms
Older than a year by portfolio founder
Round: Seed
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Solid
Working with Ascension has been pretty great so far, they've reinvested when they said they would, they throw great networking events, and Kieran is the easiest VC I've ever dealt with. They're a great team who clearly care about what they are doing and the founders they back.
Team quality
Not reviewed
Investment process
4.0
Approachability
Responsiveness
Value add
Not reviewed
Older than a year by non-portfolio founder
Round: Pre-Seed
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Actionable Insight
I dealt with Kieran primarily at Ascension. He was fantastic to deal with throughout and was incredibly useful throughout the process - providing advice, making intros to relevant angels and generally being a good guy. The wider partners were also very professional and asked all the right questions to ultimately get to a decision - which unfortunately was a no for us. Despite the no though we came out of the process better off, having a stronger business case ready and many learnings we're now ready to action as a result. Would highly recommend them as a VC and would have no questions in future about pursuing the as part of a deal.
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