Luke Hakes

Investment Director, Octopus Ventures


Luke is a Partner at Octopus Ventures, where he works with the team to identify, invest in and partner with some of the best and most inspirational technology Entrepreneurs across Europe. Prior to helping start the Octopus team 8.5 years ago, Luke began his career as a research scientist in the area of Computational Genetics and latterly went on to spend time as a Technology and Management Consultant specialising in the financial services sector. Since being at Octopus Luke has sat on the board of and worked with more than 20 early stage companies, being fortunate enough to help some of them exit to acquirers like Amazon and Twitter and others to go public. Outside of Octopus Luke sits on the Investment advisory committee of Queen Mary University and is the chairman of UMI3 the University of Manchester’s Innovation Company.