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Catapult Venture Partners :

Catapult specialises in providing Equity Capital for businesses requiring between £200k and £2m. Catapult provides a full range funding requirement from early stage, development capital to MBO/MBIs. Since 1999 they have invested in over 65 companies, providing initial and further follow on requirements. Our experienced team of 8 Executives and 2 Non Executive Directors have over 100 years of VC experience between them.

They can invest across a range of funds and have £80m under management.

Finance Wales LogoFinance Wales:

Finance Wales is part of a leading UK SME investment group managing funds approaching £400 million. Finance Wales, through its Technology Venture Investments team, makes equity and debt investments at all growth stages and can invest up to £2 million in seed and growth capital projects targeted at high-growth, IP-rich technology businesses based in Wales. Our investments are normally over progressive tranches to support a business’s strategic development.

The team has a wealth of investment and exit experience as well as a strong network of co-investment partners to help structure the right investment package to support business growth.

Finance Wales has backed Warwick Audio Technology (WAT) since 2010 when it relocated its principal operations to Wales, investing £1.5m over a number of structured rounds. The investment has helped WAT to establish its product development and manufacturing facility at Ebbw Vale, complete its first generation flat speaker products and to secure Joint Development Agreements with a major Asian electronics OEM.

H2O Venture Partners LtdH2O Venture Partners Ltd :

H2O commercialises early stage technologies from premier universities, research organisations and existing companies. They work with the founder inventors to establish companies and build value.

H2O invests seed capital and high-level resources at the critical early stage to bring companies as close to the market as possible before raising further finance to deliver those markets.

H2O drives companies forward by conducting detailed market analysis, developing the commercial strategy, identifying and negotiating with potential collaborators and customers.

H2O produces a robust, compelling business plan which is a powerful selling document to recruit quality management, negotiate licenses and secure follow-on funding.

H2O maximises the commercial value of companies, minimises the dilution of the shareholders and optimises the trajectory going forward.

mercia_logo.jpgMercia Fund : 

Mercia Fund Management currently operates two separate funds that are open to new investments:
  • The Mercia Fund 1, established in 2000, currently provides support and capital specifically to spin out projects from eight partner universities. The fund (circa £9.5 m) is an evergreen fund, investing at seed level in early stage projects.
  • The Mercia Growth Fund 2 (circa £2m), a unique hybrid SEIS/EIS fund, was launched in March 2013. It is aimed predominantly at fast growing, cash-generative companies.

Investment offers are typically between £50,000 and £250,000 of venture capital, but MFM has the capacity to follow its money at subsequent investment rounds, up to an overall limit of £1 million. MFM combines senior-level experience in operational management with proven expertise in structuring and managing unquoted investments.

MFM has a strong contractual relationship with the University of Warwick which gives it early access to investment opportunities and is a source of technological expertise for due diligence, technology evaluation and development, and grant support to the portfolio where appropriate.

Midven Ltd
Midven Ltd :

Midven is an owner managed, entrepreneurial, venture capital company located in the heart of Birmingham. They have been successfully investing in dynamic, small and medium sized businesses since they started in 1990 when six Midlands based entrepreneurs established the business.
Like many of the companies they invest in, they completed a management buy-out in October 2007, when the investment team acquired the business from the original founders. This personal investment by the members of the team reflects our confidence in the future of Midven as well as the companies they have invested in.

They have ambitious plans and are targeting new funds focused on the early stage, technology and SME markets, capitalising on the expertise they have gained in these areas over the last 18 years.

Minerva LogoMinerva Business Angel Network:

The Minerva Business Angel Network has been established since 1994, providing a forum for private investors to invest in emerging technology businesses. Since 2010, in addition to its network of members, it runs several very successful syndicates from its base in the Midlands. Members benefit from Minerva’s strong emphasis on quality and preparation and companies enjoy an ongoing relationship with Minerva’s management and network.

Oxford TechnologiesOxford Technology :

Oxford Technology Management was founded by Lucius Cary, and since 1983 has specialised in making and managing investments in start-up and early stage technology-based businesses with high growth prospects.

The OTM team are all scientists or engineers by background, and understanding the technology is the starting point for any investment that they may make.

The Investment policy of Oxford Technology Management is to construct a portfolio of investments with the following characteristics:
  • unlisted, UK based, technology businesses
  • investments typically in the range of £100,000 - £2,000,000, although it can then invest similar amounts in subsequent rounds
  • in most cases located within easy reach of Oxford to allow a more 'hands on' management strategy

It is expected that approximately half of the funds will be invested in early stage companies (those which have achieved some initial sales) and the balance in start-up companies which are at an earlier stage.

Seven SpiresSeven Spires

Seven Spires Investments Ltd. (SSIL) is a private, off-shore investment company. SSIL was established in 2003 and invests around £5 million annually across the existing portfolio and new investments. They are actively seeking new investment opportunities in high-tech companies in the United Kingdom. They look for excellent management, defensible Intellectual Property, a well characterised route to market and global scalability to an expected market capitalisation in excess of $100m

Synergis TechnologiesSynergis Technologies :

Synergis Technologies is an investment business which, with its parent organisation, Porton Capital, provides funding for companies developing high growth disruptive technologies. Synergis Technologies specialises in investing into innovative high growth technologies with strong obvious market applicability and clear commercial focus and need.

Synergis invests in technology-based companies that are beyond the proof-of-concept stage but have yet to achieve significant revenues. They like to see a clear and obvious demand for the technology that is being developed and evidence of engagement with potential customers and market penetration.

Synergis focuses on investments into high value spin-out companies from world leading research establishments in the UK i.e. mainly but not limited to the leading research universities and public sector research organisations (PSREs). Our expertise lies in delivering investment and management support to such businesses that have the potential for rapid growth in a global market.

Synergis was formed in 2004 and is based in London.