About Chris Hulatt

Chris co-founded Octopus in 2000 from the front room of his London flat. Today, Chris is an award-winning entrepreneur whose role is to develop Octopus relationships with institutional investors around the world.

Additionally, Chris spends his time championing British entrepreneurialism and promoting policy ideas to drive business growth, by meeting UK business leaders and stakeholders such as MPs and government ministers.

Key facts


Co-founder of Octopus Group
Education: University of Cambridge
Adviser to The Entrepreneurs Network

Main interest

Championing small business
Alternative investments

Character traits

Trusts his instincts
Makes decisions quickly
Always generating ideas

Chris’s ReadMe file

Wouldn’t it be great if you had access to a ‘crib sheet’ that tells you how the people around you think and what’s most important to them? That’s what a ReadMe file does; it helps people explain how they like to work and what motivates them. We use them at Octopus to help build relationships and improve the way we communicate with each other.

In his own words