Five start-ups to watch in the Index Ventures investment portfolio

Venture capital firm Index Ventures announced last week that it has raised a £328m fund to invest in US and European tech start-ups. Here are some of the London companies that it's already behind...

King

King

Creator of Candy Crush Saga, Farm Heroes Saga and Bubble Witch Saga, King is the world-wide leader in casual games with more than 30 billion games played per month globally.

Funding Circle

Funding Circle

Funding Circle is a P2P lending network for small businesses. Freeing up critical liquidity for SMEs, the company has created a digital marketplace which matches deposits from investors, seeking better returns, with loans to carefully-screened businesses, who need finance fast.

SwiftKey

SwiftKey

Award-winning personalised technology company SwiftKey applies intelligent technology to a wide range of real-world language problems. The company’s mission is to make communicating more personalized and human, anticipating a world where mobile technology adapts to the individual, not the other way around. SwiftKey technology was embedded on more than 100 million devices in 2013 and has also been a global hit with consumers.

Just Eat

Just Eat

Just Eat has reinvented the takeaway. From keystroke to doorstep, the London-headquartered company has built a multi-platform service, with 40,000 takeaways on its roster, covering 13 countries from Scandinavia to Latin America.

PhotoBox

PhotoBox

The PhotoBox Group is Europe’s leading personalised digital photo service and gifts provider, through its flagship branded retail channels PhotoBox, Moonpig, StickyGram and PaperShaker.

Facebook

Facebook

One US firm that Index has already backed in the past is social networking giant Facebook.

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