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Mark Pearson

Founder & Managing Partner

Fuel Ventures

London, UK

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Mark Pearson’s Biography

Mark Pearson is a dynamic and inspiring digital entrepreneur who heads Fuel Ventures as Founder and Managing Partner.

Mark founded myvouchercodes, a company that he started from his bedroom with £300, achieving a turnover of £300,000 in his first year. Mark reached immense success and scaled the company to a £10 million turnover, eventually selling it for £55 million.

Since exiting myvouchercodes, Mark and the Fuel Ventures team invest in fast-growing technology companies across the UK and Europe through the Fund in which he is a significant investor. In the last decade, Mark has steered numerous successful exits, which have equipped him with the knowledge and expertise to mentor the Fund’s portfolio companies. Their focus is on finding highly ambitious and exceptionally driven founders, who have the potential to grow significant businesses, with over £1 billion future market cap potential.

Mark’s Newsfeed

UKTN
Fuel Ventures: lighting the touchpaper for early-stage and pre-seed startups in the UK

Mark Pearson is not a typical investor. In a field where it can seem everyone has a finance background, Pearson seems to have almost stumbled into investing. Leaving school where he says, he “didn’t do very well,” Pearson began his working life as a chef in a Gordon Ramsay restaurant. This, however, indirectly set him on his way towards founding Fuel Ventures.

TechCrunch
Fuel Ventures launches its new $63.3M early stage VC fund, aiming for 60 startups inside 12 months

Mark Pearson, founder and managing partner of Fuel Ventures, said: “Since we launched our first fund five years ago the country’s tech ecosystem has gone from strength to strength and evolved into an ecosystem that’s the envy of many around the world." 

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Mark’s Background

Fuel Ventures
Founder & Managing Partner
Jan 2015 - Present
London, UK
Fuel Ventures is an early-stage investor in fast-growing technology businesses in the UK. Their focus is on investing in scalable marketplaces, platforms, software (SaaS) and transactional technologies.
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Fuel Capital
Founder & Managing Partner
2018 - Present
London, UK
Fuel Capital is a hedge fund that manages a series of alternative investment strategies with a track record of achieving outsized returns.
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Mark’s Gallery

Media

TechCrunch
Featured
London, UK
Mark is frequently featured in TechCrunch articles regarding Fuel Venturers and his latest investments. TechCrunch is an online newspaper with a focus on startups, venture capital funding, technology and Silicon Valley.
Bedroom to boardroom – what fuels Mark Pearson?
Interviewee
Mar 2021
Bristol, UK
Mark is interviewed by Wealth DFM Magazine and talks about his career trajectory from chef to leading digital entrepreneur and most recently, his role at Fuel Ventures.
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Awards & Endorsements

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards
Digital Entrepreneur of the Year
2012
London, UK
The Digital Entrepreneur Awards are the longest-standing national tech awards in the UK. Mark was recognised as Digital Entrepreneur of the Year for his leadership and vision as well as his contribution to the rapidly growing industry.
Ernst & Young
Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year
2011
London, UK
Mark was recognised as 'Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year' by Ernst & Young in 2011. At the time, he was successfully building, scaling and leading myvouchercodes.
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Community Engagement

The Secret Millionaire
Participant
2010 - 2010
Nottingham, UK
In 2010 Mark appeared in Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire series where he went undercover to experience the challenges of gun crime and domestic violence in Nottingham. Mark decided to donate £115,000 to three charities after experiencing the harsh realities of the streets.

Investments

PPC Protect
Investor
Dec 2020 - Present
Chorley, UK
PPC Protect has developed an innovative automated click fraud prevention system that analyses millions of Ad Clicks in real-time.
Wombat
Investor
Sep 2020 - Present
London, UK
Wombat is a financial services company that makes investing accessible to everyone by guiding people on how to manage, save and grow their money.
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