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Alternative Investments for Experienced Investors

We provide investors with access to compelling alternative investments.
All are carefully selected for their potential to deliver better returns than traditional mainstream investments.

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CEO, Atom Bank

Investing in alternatives

With a focus on opportunities that transform industries and communities, we provide co-investment opportunities across three key areas:

  • Venture Capital - backing the next generation of British businesses, we focus on startups that use innovative technology to disrupt industries (and use tax-efficient wrappers where we can)
  • Private Equity - we look for operational and revenue-generating organisations where operational efficiencies can be made to rapidly increase EBITDA
  • Property - with a chronic undersupply of housing in the UK, our property investors support the development of the right homes, in the right locations, when they're needed most

Featured Investment Opportunity

n-gage.io

Sector: SaaS
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 513,974
Round: Round 2
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
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We back the game changers, the innovators and value creators.

Those who make a positive difference to the way we live and work. Whether that’s the UK’s first app-only and most trusted bank, or a tech startup that’s transforming the way businesses engage employees and strengthen culture, the mission is the same - identify and accelerate those businesses with the potential to grow, scale and create value.

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Who are Growth Capital Ventures?

Private Investor Network and Venture Builder

Working together to build and back businesses that transform industries and communities, Growth Capital Ventures (GCV) was launched in 2015 by co-founders Norm and Craig Peterson. With a team of 25 supporting the game changers, the innovators, and the value creators, our focus is simple: to provide our investors with access to compelling alternative investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver superior investment returns.

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Private Investor Network

Access growth-focused alternative investments.

Providing access to compelling tax-efficient investment opportunities and high-quality property transactions, our network of experienced investors have the ability to build a diversified investment portfolio of top-tier opportunities.

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Venture Builder

Building companies that transform industries. 

We build, launch and scale technology-enabled startups that can transform industries. We provide more than just capital. Our specialist Venture Builder team invest their knowledge, experience, ideas and infrastructure to help our companies scale fast.

Our Mission

To back the next generation of British businesses as they transform industries and communities.

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Norman Peterson
Chief Executive Officer
Growth Capital Ventures

Companies and Projects We've Backed

Creating value and delivering a positive impact.

We always look for opportunities that can make an impact; the businesses and projects that can make a positive difference. Since launch, we've built a portfolio spanning Fintech, Banking, Software, and Property.  Helping our investors to co-invest into top tier investment opportunities alongside institutional investors.

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Intelligence Fusion

Sector: SaaS
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 556,800
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn more about Intelligence Fusion

QikServe

Sector: Fintech
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 2,624,694
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn more about QikServe

n-gage.io

Sector: SaaS
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 170,000
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn more about n-gage.io

Atom Bank

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 1,100,000
Learn more about Atom Bank

Hive.Hr

Sector: HR Tech
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 1,453,000
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn more about Hive.Hr

Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 1,303,855
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn more about Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)

Cathedral Gates

Sector: Property
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Investment to Date: £ 2,000,000
Learn more about Cathedral Gates

Middleton Waters

Sector: Property
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Investment to Date: £ 7,000,000
Learn more about Middleton Waters

The Langtons

Sector: Property
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Investment to Date: £ 3,000,000
Learn more about The Langtons

Thorpe Paddocks

Sector: Property
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Investment to Date: £ 6,000,000
Learn more about Thorpe Paddocks

CoreHaus

Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 1,000,000
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn more about CoreHaus

Growth Capital Ventures

Sector: Fintech
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 1,851,410
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn more about Growth Capital Ventures

Finexos

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Investment Type: Equity
Investment to Date: £ 695,456
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn more about Finexos
The support Intelligence Fusion has received from GCV - from the early stages of our journey via GCV Labs and continually from the investor network - has been invaluable, with the knowledge and experience the team provided allowing me to realise my vision for Intelligence Fusion from day one and through to exit.

Michael McCabe
Chief Executive Officer, Intelligence Fusion

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Free Investor Guide

An investor's guide to tax-efficient investing

Providing an insight into the tax-efficient investment options accessible to UK investors, our free guide is a useful introduction to the schemes and wrappers that can help you maximise returns and minimise risk when investing into early stage companies.

Tax Efficient Investment Guide
Don't invest unless you're prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong.
Risk Summary

Estimated reading time: 2 min

Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be high risk.

What are the key risks?

  • You could lose all the money you invest
  • Most investments are shares in start-up businesses or bonds issued by them. Investors in these shares or bonds often lose 100% of the money they invested, as most start-up businesses fail.
  • Checks on the businesses you are investing in, such as how well they are expected to perform, may not have been carried out by the platform you are investing through. You should do your own research before investing.

You won't get your money back quickly

  • Even if the business you invest in is successful, it will likely take several years to get your money back.
  • The most likely way to get your money back is if the business is bought by another business or lists its shares on an exchange such as the London Stock Exchange. These events are not common.
  • Start-up businesses very rarely pay you back through dividends. You should not expect to get your money back this way.
  • Some platforms may give you the opportunity to sell your investment early through a 'secondary market' or 'bulletin board', but there is no guarantee you will find a buyer at the price you are willing to sell.

Don't put all your eggs in one basket

  • Putting all your money into a single business or type of investment for example, is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on any one to do well. A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments. Learn more here.

The value of your investment can be reduced

  • If your investment is shares, the percentage of the business that you own will decrease if the business issues more shares. This could mean that the value of your investment reduces, depending on how much the business grows. Most start-up businesses issue multiple rounds of shares.
  • These new shares could have additional rights that your shares don't have, such as the right to receive a fixed dividend, which could further reduce your chances of getting a return on your investment.

You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong

  • Protection from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), in relation to claims against failed regulated firms, does not cover poor investment performance. Try the FSCS investment protection checker.
  • Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA-regulated platform, FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here.

If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA's website here.

For further information about investment-based crowdfunding, visit the crowdfunding section of the FCA's website here.

Driving Growth.
Creating Value.
Delivering Impact.

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Growth Capital Ventures (GCV) is backed by funds managed by Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s leading private equity and alternative asset managers.