Early stage capital providers
This week our Investor Focus blog showcases 4 firms who describe themselves as early stage capital providers.
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Oxford Early Investments (OEI) provides an early opportunity for investors to view high quality, selected proposals that offer high growth potential. The Network has strong links with providers of new deal flow including universities, research institutes, large companies and individual entrepreneurs undertaking development of innovative ideas. Companies are typically seeking investment of £50k to ~£250k.
As a unique public-private partnership, Finance Birmingham brings together the industry experience of private sector experts with the public sector’s drive to support businesses. They work closely with several Councils and Local Enterprise Partnerships to support SMEs based across the UK. Finance Birmingham provides up to £2 million in flexible finance for companies, through a range of funds and managed programmes. Launched in 2010 with £10 million of funds, they now have regional and national funds under management worth £0.5 billion.
They back non-linear companies that create network effects, shorten value-chains, drive new economies or improve people’s lives. They back European companies that have a global profile, from a few hundred thousand $s up to $15m.
The East Midlands Early Growth Fund (Website)
The East Midlands Early Growth Fund is a new £5million venture capital fund that has been set up to invest in start-up and early-stage businesses based in the East Midlands. They look for companies with compelling business propositions, some element of innovation or first-mover advantage and clear growth potential, across all sectors. They are usually the first institutional investor in a company, after friends and family funding, and they will invest up to £100,000 alongside other private sector investors. The Fund can also invest up to £400,000 in follow-on financing.