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West of England Investment Landscape v2


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As Scale-up Enabler for the West of England, I often talk about the challenges of raising investment for scale-up founders. To encourage greater transparency and build awareness, I have put together all the finance related organisations that I know of in one place. If you have additions or suggestions for this graphic, please get in touch - my details are below.

The West of England Scale-up Enabler, Briony Phillips is funded by Business West, Engine Shed, The University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). This group have a shared ambition which has led to the creation of this role – first, to identify scale-up businesses in the West of England region and to better understand their challenges and second, to design, facilitate and support initiatives that will make it easier for businesses to scale-up more effectively – in the long term.

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West of England Investment Landscape v2

  1. 1. Clifton Dragons Equity Seed Growth Corporate Finance West of England Investment Landscape Debt, loans, grants Funds Crowd funding Social ImpactFacilitators Incubators
  2. 2. Located in the West of England. West of England Regional Investment Landscape These slides endeavour to highlight the most active investors and investment vehicles in the region of the West of England as at March 2018. If you would like to suggest an addition or amend, please contact
  3. 3. EQUITY (funds & brokerage) CORPORATE FINANCE (inc. M&A) DEBT, LOANS, GRANTS FUNDS CROWD FUNDING SOCIAL IMPACT SEED GROWTH Based in region •Bristol Private Equity Club •Cool Ventures •Clifton Dragons* •Angels4angels •Wyvern Seed Fund (UoB)* •Deepbridge Syndicate** •Maven Capital Partners •Horatio Investments •Tech Venture Partners •BGF •BGF Ventures •Deepbridge Capital •Catalyst Venture Partners •Momentum Corporate Finance •Shaw & Co. •Bristol York •Bishop Fleming •FRP Advisory •ISCA Ventures •Smith & Williamson •Alternative Business Funding •SWIG Finance •Innovation 4 Growth •RBS/Natwest •Barclays •Lloyds •Santander •HSBC •1pm plc •Parkwalk University of Bristol Fund •SWIG Regional Growth Fund •Bristol City Fund ** •ADV Regional Fund ** •Fundsurfer •Hyperstarter •Social Enterprise & Innovation Support Programme •Seedbed Enterprise •Resonance SITR •Bristol + Bath Regional Capital •Quartet Community Foundation •Fredericks Foundation From outside region (this list highlights a sample of those that are most visible, it is not comprehensive) •Surrey100 •Dorset Business Angels •Oxford Investment Opportunity Network •AngelCoFund •ADV – Accelerated Digital Ventures •Beringea •Downing Ventures •Episode 1 •IP Group •Octopus •Notion Capital •Frog Capital •Alpina Partners •Beer & Young •Acuity Advisers •KPMG •Smith and Williamson •Silicon Valley Bank •Clydesdale Bank •Horizon 2020 •Funding Circle •Venture Founders •Seedrs •AngelList •Zopa •Crowdfinders •Syndicate Room •Growth Deck •Invesdor •Crowdfunder •Crowdcube •Bethnal Green Ventures •Nominet Trust •Geovation Challenge •GoodFinance KEY: * Not currently active | ** Not yet launched
  4. 4. Clifton Dragons Equity Seed Growth Corporate Finance West of England Investment Landscape Debt, loans, grants Funds Crowd funding Social ImpactFacilitators Incubators
  5. 5. • The Scale-up Enabler, Briony Phillips has compiled this information based on desk research and insights from founders locally. It is not an exhaustive list and I welcome contributions – please drop me an email: • The West of England in this instance constitutes North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath and Bristol. • For the full list of finance related ‘assets’ that Briony uncovered, please visit her Scale-up Ecosystem Map. This includes a much larger number of Angel and VC investors based in London and elsewhere. • Engine Shed offers an open Investor in Residence Service to bring VCs to the region to meet scale- up businesses. • If you are an investor and you’d like to learn more about the investment ecosystem in West of England, and investment opportunities, sign up for the Quarterly Investment Briefing: Notes:
  9. 9. FACILITATORS Incubators
  11. 11. SOCIAL IMPACT: