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Chris Adelsbach

Chris Adelsbach

Managing Partner, Outrun Ventures

Chris is an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor. He is the Managing Partner of Outrun Ventures, and one of Europe’s most prolific investors in early stage Fintech companies.

After a ten year career at GE Capital, he co-founded a specialty finance company that became one of the fastest growing businesses in the UK. He and his partners sold the business to a NASDAQ listed entity and specialist buy-out fund in 2014. After exiting he turned his attention to venture investing and mentoring founders, running the Techstars Fintech Accelerator for five years. He has also invested personally as an angel into a further 175 companies, many of them now notable, including Kuda Bank, Quant Network, Marshmallow, Smart Pension, Griffin Bank, Cuvva, Kompany, Seldon, and Atom Bank. He was named the UK’s Angel investor of the year in 2018/19 and Sifted named him the most active fintech angel in Europe in 2020-22. In 2022 he was named as the leading Seed Investor in Europe by Business Insider and Tribe Capital and in 2023 was named Investor of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneurship Awards. Chris formed Outrun Ventures to facilitate investment into the growth stage round of some of his most exciting portfolio companies.