Most Active Investors in the Regions
Whilst a good portion of investing happens in London and the Golden Triangle, there are plenty of opportunities for entrepreneurs and businesses across the country to secure investment.
Over the past few years there have been initiatives such as British Business Bank’s Regional Angels Programme and Innovate UK’s Regional Angel Investor Accelerator Programme to address the regional imbalances in accessing early stage funding for small businesses with high growth potential in the UK.
We’re highlighting some of the most active investors in the regions to help you on your investment journey. Find out more about them below…
Acceleris Capital have been working with innovative companies for 20 years and have a market leading track record of stability and success for their investees. Acceleris are patient capital, long-term partners of their clients, providing access to their highly experienced investor network, including high-net-worth individuals and institutions. Across 20 years, over 70% of their portfolio have realised value or are still in operation. This track record is market leading in the early-stage technology sector
ACF Investors manage active co-investment funds that seek to achieve consistent returns by partnering with experienced syndicates of angel investors to help fund and scale early-stage businesses. Built on the experience of many investments across multiple funds it is a champion of accomplished, hands-on investors who know their sector inside out, and works in partnership with them to provide the capital, experience and support high-potential businesses need.
Clarendon Fund Managers is an early stage venture capital fund manager based in Belfast, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. They manage £44m of regional VC Funds in Northern Ireland including £13m of fully invested Funds (Viridian Growth Fund and Nitech Growth Fund) and Co-Fund NI I & II, a £31m Fund that co-invests with business angel/private investor lead deals which when matched to the private investment on a deal by deal basis will equate to £80m of syndicated funding.
Deepbridge Capital specialise in supporting and funding technology and life sciences innovations across the UK, utilising Government initiatives such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme. They only invest in sectors they have experience in so their team can take a hands-on approach with investee companies to ensure they develop as planned – with the objective of providing investors with investment growth as well as the tax incentives of the Enterprise Investment Scheme or Business Property Relief.
Development Bank of Wales want to unlock potential in the economy of Wales by increasing the provision of sustainable, effective finance in the market. For Wales to prosper, its businesses need to prosper. When its businesses thrive, they create a higher number of better quality jobs. Development Bank of Wales is a unique resource for Wales and can support businesses at all stages. They’re forward-thinking investors who understand the challenges businesses face.
DSW Ventures is an investor in early-stage scale-up businesses requiring venture funding of £250,000 to £1 million, primarily on an EIS basis, as part of funding rounds of up to £2 million. It is funded by a growing network of high-net-worth angel investors. DSW Ventures is the venture capital investment business of Dow Schofield Watts – a UK independent advisory and investment group, headquartered in Cheshire and with offices in Manchester, Leeds, Aberdeen and London.
Eos are specialists in deep science, engineering and technology, taking businesses from start-up and spinout stage, through to Series A and beyond. They back ventures that have global potential, protectable IP, a clear commercial strategy, and a management team that we can have a significant relationship with for what is typically a 5-8 year investment journey. Their approach is very selective and hands-on, and they only work with companies that are strongly motivated by the global challenges they are addressing, as well as their financial growth.
Find out more about EOS Advisory A group of private individuals who invest and support emerging and growing businesses. In particular, Equity Gap assists young companies who have achieved the SMART award and who have gone through a pre-investment commercialisation process. High growth companies are also considered, but they must demonstrate a strong market and a clear investment exit strategy.
The FSE Group is a VC investing in early-stage, high-growth SMEs. They manage funds on behalf of public and private stakeholders, providing debt and equity finance, ranging from £25k to £2m. The FSE team focuses on business potential and works alongside entrepreneurs and SME business owners to help them achieve their growth ambitions. Their highly experienced team has helped over 500 companies realise these ambitions.
The Growth Company’s two angel services, Co-Angel Investment Service and North West Business Angels, merged to create GC Angels, a more cohesive offer, enabling increased access to early stage equity funding. It supports businesses seeking access to angel investment, ranging from £25,000 up to £2m. GC Angels incorporates the network offer (NWBA); the fee-bearing advisory service (Co Angel) alongside the new GM Co-Investment Fund, providing an innovative, single solution equity funding service.
Mercia has c.£800million of assets under management with just under half being unrestricted free cash to invest over the next two to five years.
They have powerful relationships and a deeply embedded ecosystem to provide access to a wealth of opportunities to leverage co-investment and the syndication that takes businesses to the finishing post. Mercia’s investments across its four asset classes are powering ambitious regional SMEs with the capital that they need to grow. Their business model is designed specifically to support the funding needs of companies through their journey from origin to exit.
NorthInvest is a non-profit investment organisation and angel network committed to facilitating investment to tech start-ups across the North of England. They have facilitated over £8m in funding for early stage start-ups and delivered over 630 free investment readiness coaching sessions to entrepreneurs. With an angel network of over 130 private investors, 14% of which are women, NorthInvest views collaboration across the funding and investment community as a crucial step in addressing the gender investment disparity and encourage more women to become angel investors.
Par Equity is an award-winning EIS fund manager, investing in innovative, high growth technology businesses across the UK. They harness the expertise and contacts of their Par Investor Network and wider contacts to create a distinctive, operationally focused investment model that benefits both investors and entrepreneurs.
Praetura Ventures is a venture capital firm in the North West, that invests in early-stage businesses and provide ‘more than money’ support. They have developed a reputation for being a supportive and proactive investor that injects more than just capital. Their partnered entrepreneurs embrace the shoulder to shoulder Praetura approach and utilise our experience and resource to maximise their businesses’ potential.
SFC Capital (formerly Startup Funding Club) is the UK’s most active seed investor and third worldwide (PitchBook, 2020), providing capital and support to British startups. By combining its Angel Network and Seed Funds, SFC has created a unique model that allows investors to get exposure to SEIS- and EIS-qualifying businesses, either directly or through a diversified portfolio curated and managed by SFC’s expert team. SFC Capital was the winner of the Most Active Investor in the Regions at the 2020 UKBAA Angel Investment Awards.
SyndicateRoom was founded in 2013 as an online investment platform, facilitating tax-efficient investments into highly-vetted startups. They are a fintech company made up of data-scientists, investment professionals, software developers and marketers with one mission: to be an early investor in every British startup success story. They apply a data-driven model to portfolio construction; a repeatable process designed to maximise returns and minimise risk for fund investors.