Francesca is a Principal at Downing Ventures, part of the two-person investment team there, which she joined in June 2015. Downing Ventures is a division of Downing LLP, an investment firm with around £800m under management. Downing Ventures is the early-stage arm of the business which invests £100,000-£1m in early stage, high-growth companies in the technology sector. Francesca works on deal sourcing, new investments and portfolio management, which is principally comprised of enterprise software and consumer technologies. She has led seven deals and sits on five boards.

Before joining Downing, Francesca worked for three years in creative advertising at the UK’s biggest creative agency, AMV BBDO, on some of the UK's biggest brands. She specialises in go to market, acquisition & retention and her preferred sectors are healthcare, marketing and advertising technologies and big data, AI & machine learning. She graduated from Cambridge in 2012.