First investment

1 January 2010

Status

Current

Total investment

£2.37m

Fund

Ventures

Featurespace is the world leader in Enterprise Financial Crime prevention for fraud and anti-money laundering. Featurespace invented Adaptive Behavioral Analytics and created the ARIC™ platform, a real-time machine learning software that risk scores events in more than 180 countries to prevent fraud and financial crime.

ARIC™ Risk Hub uses advanced, explainable anomaly detection to enable financial institutions to automatically identify risk, catch new fraud attacks and identify suspicious activity in real-time. More than 30 major global financial institutions are using ARIC to protect their business and their customers, including 4 of the 5 largest banks in the UK. Publicly announced customers include HSBC, TSYS, Worldpay, RBS NatWest Group, Contis, Danske Bank, ClearBank, Permanent TSB and Betfair.

Nesta first invested £650k in 2010, becoming the company’s first institutional investor. Since then, we have invested in 4 further funding rounds, investing £2.3m in total as the company has gone on to raise c.£80m from VCs including IP Group, Highland Europe, Insight, TTV, Merian and Invoke.

During our involvement with the company, Featurespace has transitioned from a technical consulting company into a market-leading fraud detection provider, partnering and licensing its technology to some of the foremost players in the financial services industry across the globe.

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