WELCOME TO ANOTHER BLOG-POST FOCUSING ON EARLY STAGE EQUITY CAPITAL PROVIDERS
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Founded by Raj Ramanandi and Lee Pickrell, #1seed is an entity that invests in and helps to build awesome tech companies. At #1seed they invest their own money in a hands-on way, funding, mentoring and connecting startups to their network. They are entrepreneur-investors who have taken companies from idea to exit, and they aim to help startups achieve similar, if not greater feats. If your startup is looking for seed investment please drop Raj and Lee a note with a little info. You can do this through their site at www.1seed.co.uk. If you are an investor or potential partner who would like to discover more about how you can collaborate or co-invest with #1seed find out more at www.1seed.co.uk.
The FSE Group invests in ambitious small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that have the potential for significant growth. They understand the funding challenges facing emerging and mid-sized companies looking to expand, and they provide funds and support, including mentors where appropriate, to help bridge the funding gap. A newer area of focus is that of Social Impact funding, where they are working alongside experienced partners to finance social enterprises and communities. At the core of their activities are their funds under management. If you represent an innovative SME looking to accelerate growth, a social enterprise wanting to fulfil its potential or a community project seeking to generate renewable energy, they may be able to assist.
Hasso Plattner Ventures invests in fast-growing, information technology-driven companies in Europe, South Africa and the USA on behalf of Prof. Dr. h.c. Hasso Plattner, co-founder and chairman of software giant SAP. The support they offer reaches beyond financial commitments. Their multifaceted work includes acting globally as a strategic partner for their information technology growth companies. In the past, Hasso Plattner Ventures managed three funds. HP Ventures I started in 2005, focusing on early stage software companies in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2008, HP Ventures II and HP Ventures Africa launched, looking for investment opportunities in startup and expansion-stage companies across the USA, Europe, Israel and South Africa.
Wyvern Fund (Website)
The Wyvern Fund is a source of seed and growth capital for early stage technology companies associated with their university partners. The Universities of Bristol and Southampton are leading research institutions and sit at the centre of a science and technology ecosystem which includes the SETsquared Partnership, and the Wyvern Seed Fund. Wyvern is independent from, but closely allied with its university partners and has preferred access to investment opportunities originating from this technology cluster. The fund is prepared to invest from the creation of a company and will invest additional capital to fund its future growth. They encourage other investors to join them at all stages and build syndicates with “deep pockets” to provide the necessary capital to build significant businesses.