UK’s Creator Ventures rolls out $20m fund

The fund’s investors include venture funds-of-funds, family offices, entrepreneurs and creators.

  • Grew out of the Creative Investment Club
  • Co-founders are Sasha Kaletsky and Caspar Lee
  • Firm has invested in more than 10 startups across the US, Europe and Asia

Creator Ventures, a new venture capital firm that backs early-stage consumer internet companies, has launched a $20 million fund.

Investors include funds-of-funds, family offices, founders of unicorns and several creators and media personalities.

“At Creator Ventures, we take ‘founder-friendly’ to the next level by helping founders with our expertise in social media and introducing them to a host of influential people,” co-founder and managing partner Sasha Kaletsky said in a statement. “Our network of large-scale creators, who amplify almost any consumer internet company today, also helps us understand the insights behind the numbers in consumer-social.”

Creator Ventures, based in London, grew out of the Creative Investment Club, a syndicate fund established in 2019. It invests in companies involved in consumer-social, the creator economy, marketplaces and e-commerce enablement.

Creator Ventures’ will invest first checks of $100,000 to $500,000 in seed to Series A startups. It has invested in more than 10 startups across the US, Europe and Asia. Investments include Beehiiv, a US platform for newsletter creators, and FACEIT, a UK-based e-sports gaming platform. (FACEIT and e-sports tournament company ESL were bought and merged by Savvy Gaming Group in January in a deal valued at $1.5 billion.)

Kaletsky founded the firm with Caspar Lee. Most recently, Kaletsky was a private equity investor for Bridgepoint. He previously worked at Uber and Boston Consulting Group and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lee is a serial entrepreneur, having founded Influencer.com, a Europe-based influencer marketing business, and Margravine, a joint venture with WME. Lee was an early YouTube creator with an audience of 6 million YouTube subscribers.