The benefit’s mutual
At NBS Ventures, we look for inspirational teams who are developing solutions that could benefit Nationwide’s members and society as a whole. We’re based in London and Swindon, and invest globally in companies at Seed and Series A investment stage.
We achieve more together
Nationwide Building Society is a mutual organisation, which means we’re not owned by shareholders, but by our customers - we call them our members. We don’t just believe in the power of the collective. We embody it. We are a community of 15 million members and it’s why we invest in start-ups. We invest early and for the long term, supporting great companies, then doing things together that neither of us could alone.
We typically look for start-ups that fall within 7 key themes:
House & Home, Personal Data & Identity, Financial Wellbeing, Banking as a Platform, Communities & Society, Operational Efficiency, and New Segments.
Since our launch in June 2018 we have invested in 3 businesses.
acasa is a platform that enables shared households to easily pay all their bills and manage their household finances in one place
Hazy is a data workflow tool that automatically anonymises and adapts to changing datasets, enabling the secure sharing of data
Moneyhub allows users to take control of their financial situation, access all their data in one place and improve their financial wellbeing
Meet the team
Director of Innovation and Ventures
Emma likes to think about what our products and services would look like, now and in the future, if our members designed them themselves. She challenges the team to look for partnerships and ventures that, combined with Nationwide’s core skills, can deliver those things to our members.
Head of Ventures
If he’s not on a GWR train from Bristol to London, Russell can be found bringing together Nationwide colleagues with visionary founders, often over a flat white. He’s spent 20 years helping organisations in all kinds of sectors put customers at their heart. He’s passionate about start-ups working with corporates to develop new propositions, as well as shaking up traditional processes and cultures.
Pete heralds from Bath and has no respect for mealtimes; he eats sandwiches and commercial models for breakfast. He’s traded corporate strategy for start-up business plans to lead commercials for NBS Ventures, having been in retail banking for 10 years.
Lois was playing video games before she could walk and loves all kinds of cool tech, so leading engagement with start-ups for NBS Ventures is a dream gig. She’s passionate about how fintech can help tackle societal challenges, and can often be found making new friends at events.
Samuel has spent much of the last twelve years obscured by giant monitors as he disappears down research rabbit holes. Heading up NBS Ventures’ research activity and sourcing investment opportunities gives him the opportunity to explore his natural curiosity for new industries, ideas and technologies. A family man, Samuel’s fascinated by businesses that strive to improve the world, both now and for future generations.
Get in touch
We love to connect with early stage start-ups that share our passion and belief in the power of the collective. If this sounds like you, or you’re interested in what we’re doing, drop us a line.