Stephen West

Entrepreneurship Expert


Stephen is Chairman at Gravis Capital Management Limited which manages £3.5 billion pounds across six funds focused on Renewable Energy and other key Infrastructure assets. He studied law at UCL and qualified as a Barrister, following which he ran various global trading operations in the 'bulge bracket' Swiss and American investment banks.

In Financial Services he co-founded in 1999 and remains a significant investor in a pan European Asset Manager which runs €20.0 billion in consumer loan assets (managed by a husband and wife team since inception).

In Technology Investments, he and his partners collaborate with and co invest alongside a boutique specialist US West Coast VC and an associated Incubator practise. He is also an investor in, and sits on the Acceleration Board of, Consilience Ventures, the first technology start-up market network to fully align start-ups, venture capitalists and contributing experts (the CEO is a fellow oNetwork member, Kevin Monserrat).

In Student Accommodation development and operations he has been a long term founder-investor in the global Scape Student Living brand which operates in the UK, Australia and the USA (Gravis is the Investment Manager for the UK Assets). He has also been a shareholder and on the Board of UK construction specialists the McGee Group.

In the Restaurant sector he was a pre IPO investor in Carluccios and his most recent involvement is in MOD Pizza, a US business founded in 2008 which as of Dec 2020 had 460 outlets.

In Materials Science and Manufacturing, he is a founder shareholder of Mafic S.A., focused on large scale production of basalt fiber as an environmentally friendly replacement for steel in construction.

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