Love Ventures - Marcus Love
Love Ventures is a new EIS Fund investing in seed to Series A technology companies with exceptional founders in the FinTech, PropTech and ConsumerTech sectors. The Love Ventures team consists of two Partners with a strong track record of founding, investing and exiting technology startups and backing successful companies like Revolut, Chip, Crowdcube, Secret Spa and Vita Mojo. They are supported by four exceptional advisers with experience at PayPal Ventures, Skyscanner, The Instant Group and Google. Overall they are a team of successful entrepreneurs and investment professionals with many years of experience operating in the UK’s seed/early-stage ecosystem. The Fund offers a unique opportunity to gain access to a portfolio of 8-10 of the fastest growing early-stage companies in the UK. The team are experts in finding these opportunities, often off-market, and uncovering the next gems of tomorrow. There is a very strong ‘why now’ case for investing in the UK early-stage technology sector. Covid has caused widespread disruption which has been global and touched all industries. Technology companies which were already flourishing before the pandemic have adapted quickly and are thriving.
Mercia Asset Management - Paul Mattick
Mercia is a specialist asset manager focused on supporting regional SMEs to achieve their growth aspirations. We provide capital across four asset classes of balance sheet, venture, private equity and debt capital; the Group’s ‘Complete Capital Solution’.
Our EIS Funds, which are managed under Mercia Fund Management Limited, have an investment-led venture capital strategy, investing nationally with a focus on the underserved regions; specialising in the identification, creation, funding and scaling of innovative technology businesses with high growth potential, creating a strong investment proposition.
The Investment Team of industry specialists with venture capital expertise, works extensively with portfolio companies to scale each business with the aim of ultimately delivering shareholder returns.
Our vision is to be the first choice for investors, investees and employees and, by aspiring to be the first choice, we believe that Mercia will deliver superior returns for business owners, shareholders and fund investors alike.
Fund investors and intermediaries benefit from a diversified portfolio offering the tax advantages of EIS, detailed reporting with a strong focus on transparency to investors and their advisors, externally audited funds, and an experienced investment panel.
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Molten Ventures - Richard Marsh
Formerly Draper Esprit is a leading cross-stage venture capital firm that invests in European technology companies. Members of the Draper Esprit team have been active in technology investing for three decades. They have experience of investing in over 200 companies, generating strong returns for investors through building valuable global companies alongside founders and management teams.
The Draper Esprit partners have invested and helped build many of Europe’s most successful venture companies of recent years, including Apatech, Buy.at, Alphamosaic, KVS, CSR, Blackspider and Domantis. Draper Esprit is the exclusive European partner for Silicon Valley based Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) Global Network of venture funds. Draper Esprit invests across Europe and has partners located in London, Cambridge, Dublin, Helsinki and Paris.
Newable Ventures - Robert Cowper-Coles
Founded in 1982, Newable is independently recognised as the UK’s leading investment network, providing equity, advisory, and lending solutions to around 12,000 SMEs every year. Deeply embedded in the SME ecosystem, Newable’s long-term relationships with government, funding partners, and the business community ensure that the start-ups it backs receive the most appropriate investment and the most effective advice and support. In line with this, the fund aims to invest in seven to ten early-stage, knowledge-intensive companies across specialist areas including electronics, automation, medtech, and spacetech. Focused on investing in game-changing technologies, the fund provides a gateway to Series A for visionary businesses that are now looking to scale commercial operations. Newable Ventures follows a robust and extensive screening process of around 1,500 early stage companies a year, providing funding for only the best 2% of companies which have also been vetted by an independent Investment Committee.
Newable Ventures also hosts Frequent pitch events, and encourages their network of 500+angels to co-invest alongside the Fund.
Nexus Investment Ventures Ltd - Matthew O'Kane
The Nexus Investments’ Scale-Up Fund provides each investor a diversified portfolio of 8 – 10+ EIS investments in high risk, but high potential early-stage entrepreneur-led businesses. These businesses will be in one or more of the data, digital, education and health sectors, areas of greatest potential for UK companies to make an impact in the coming 10-20 years.
As well as the Fund, Nexus Investments serves a large and active business angel co-investor group. The Fund Manager, Nexus Investments, has been arranging, advising and co-investing in these areas since 2014, having developed a promising track record and a distinctive investment model.
Returns are expected to take the form of outright sales of portfolio companies.