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British Design Fund launches fifth seed fund

The British Design Fund is delighted to announce the opening of its fifth fund (BDF5) to investors. It will seek to continue championing the very best of British innovation, invention and engineering, from the UK’s most promising product design and manufacturing start-ups.

Over the previous decade, according to the Design Economy Report 2022, the UK product and industrial design economy grew by 54%, yet there remains a desperate lack of venture funding available to seed stage businesses in this sector. The BDF remains the only venture fund dedicated to investing in and exclusively supporting early-stage product design and manufacturing businesses based in the UK.

The British Design Fund is led by a team of design experts and manufacturing entrepreneurs. This year, the team was joined by Sir John Rose, former CEO of Rolls Royce, and Will Hobhouse, former CEO of Tie-Rack and Whittard of Chelsea.

The launch of the fifth fund comes at a time when investment into British engineering and product innovation is strongly needed.

BDF5 aims to invest in at least ten early stage, purpose-led, product design and manufacturing businesses. In addition, its mentoring programme is designed to support these entrepreneurs to accelerate their businesses into market and help overcome the barriers which might otherwise jeopardise their success.

To view the spread of companies the British Design Fund has invested in to date, please visit www.britishdesignfund.co.uk/portfolio/.

To learn more about how to invest in BDF5, please visit: www.britishdesignfund.co.uk/invest/

For further information, please contact:

Damon Bonser, CEO – damon@britishdesignfund.co.uk

John Mathers, Chairman – john@britishdesignfund.co.uk

David Motum, Director – david@britishdesignfund.co.uk

For any enquiries regarding businesses seeking investment, please contact Sam Kremer, Investment Analyst – sam@britishdesignfund.co.uk