Forward Partners


Forward Partners is a dynamic venture capital firm based in London, dedicated to propelling early-stage startups to success. Founded in 2013 by Nic Brisbourne and David Teten, Forward Partners focuses on pre-seed and seed-stage investments, the firm provides not only financial backing but also a wealth of operational expertise and resources.

What distinguishes Forward Partners is its hands-on approach. The team actively collaborates with founders, offering guidance in areas such as product development, marketing, and scaling strategies. They also provide access to a network of industry experts, helping startups navigate the challenging path from inception to growth.

Forward Partners has a diverse portfolio spanning various sectors, from e-commerce and fintech, to health tech and beyond. Their commitment to backing ambitious, visionary founders has earned them a reputation as a trusted partner in the startup ecosystem. As a result, they’ve played a pivotal role in nurturing and accelerating the growth of numerous successful companies.


Thinking Hat founder, Nic Forster, was previously Head of PR and Communications for Forward Partners. He worked with FP’s 60-strong portfolio of fast-growing technology start-ups to establish comms functions and rive hard-hitting media coverage in a crowded and noisy landscape. Nic’s coverage for Forward Partners and its portfolio was vast and far-reaching.

Highlights included features in The Times, The Sunday Times, Mail Online, Evening Standard, Wired, Entrepreneur & Investor, The Financial Times and Business Insider.