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At GCV we provide experienced investors with access to carefully researched EIS investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver positive returns, positive impact and generous tax benefits.
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Our EIS Investment Opportunities

Well Researched, Growth-Focused EIS Investments

At GCV our specialist investment team sources and advertises a small number of investment opportunities every year. Vetted against a strict eligibility criteria to ensure growth potential, and backed up with tax wrappers such as the EIS where possible, we focus on minimising risk and maximising returns for our investors.

By becoming a member of GCV Invest, our established private investor network for experienced investors, investors can gain access to a portfolio of EIS-eligible opportunities, targeting an average of 10x money-on-money returns. See our most recent rounds below.

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Round 2
Seed
Open For Investment

n-gage.io

Sector: SaaS
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 513,974
Round: Round 2
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about n-gage.io
Round 3
Growth
Open For Investment

Growth Capital Ventures

Sector: Fintech
Target Sought: £ 1,000,000
Round: Round 3
Minimum Investment: £ 5,000
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Growth Capital Ventures
Round 4
Pre A
Open For Investment

Finexos

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 698,480
Round: Round 4
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about Finexos
Round 1
Completed

Hive.Hr

Sector: HR Tech
Target Sought: £ 150,000
Funds Raised: £ 303,000
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn More about Hive.Hr
Round 1
Completed

Intelligence Fusion

Sector: SaaS
Target Sought: £ 400,000
Funds Raised: £ 556,800
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn More about Intelligence Fusion
Round 2
Completed

Hive.Hr

Sector: HR Tech
Target Sought: £ 300,000
Funds Raised: £ 1,150,000
Round: Round 2
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Hive.Hr
Round 1
Completed

QikServe

Sector: Fintech
Target Sought: £ 2,500,000
Funds Raised: £ 2,624,694
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about QikServe
Round 1
Completed

n-gage.io

Sector: SaaS
Target Sought: £ 150,000
Funds Raised: £ 170,000
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn More about n-gage.io
Round 1
Completed

Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 150,000
Funds Raised: £ 225,000
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn More about Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)
Round 1
Completed

Growth Capital Ventures

Sector: Fintech
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 561,000
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn More about Growth Capital Ventures
Round 2
Completed

Growth Capital Ventures

Sector: Fintech
Target Sought: £ 1,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 1,290,410
Round: Round 2
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS, SEIS
Learn More about Growth Capital Ventures
Completed

Cathedral Gates

Sector: Property
Target Sought: £ 400,000
Funds Raised: £ 2,000,000
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Learn More about Cathedral Gates
Completed

Middleton Waters

Sector: Property
Target Sought: £ 2,200,000
Funds Raised: £ 7,000,000
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Learn More about Middleton Waters
Completed

The Langtons

Sector: Property
Target Sought: £ 700,000
Funds Raised: £ 3,000,000
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Learn More about The Langtons
Completed

Thorpe Paddocks

Sector: Property
Target Sought: £ 1,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 6,000,000
Investment Type: Equity & Debt
Learn More about Thorpe Paddocks
Completed

CoreHaus

Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Target Sought: £ 2,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 1,000,000
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about CoreHaus
Round 1
Seed
Completed

Atom Bank

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 1,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 1,100,000
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about Atom Bank
Round 2
Super Seed
Completed

Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 1,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 800,000
Round: Round 2
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)
Round 3
Growth
Completed

Finexos

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 695,456
Round: Round 3
Minimum Investment: £ 500
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Finexos
Round 3
Series A
Completed

Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 250,000
Funds Raised: £ 278,855
Round: Round 3
Minimum Investment: £ 1,000
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)
Growth
Completed

CoreHaus

Sector: Advanced Manufacturing
Target Sought: £ 2,000,000
Minimum Investment: £ 5,000
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about CoreHaus

Portfolio Diversification.
Superior Returns.

Why invest using the EIS?

A Wealth of Portfolio Enhancing and Tax Planning Benefits

By investing into high-growth startups and scaleups via the EIS, investors have the potential to unlock a host of valuable benefits, many of which are not available via traditional equity routes. 

From tax advantages including 30% income tax relief and capital gains tax exemption, to access to the alternative investment space and its volatility-resistant benefits, investing using the EIS can enable investors to minimise the risk and maximise the returns associated with venture capital via a number of means.

Income Tax Benefits

30% income tax relief

Tax-Free Growth

Capital gains tax exemption

Future Asset Planning

Inheritance tax relief

Risk Minimisation

Loss relief - a protective blanket

Portfolio Diversification

Spread of risk across sectors and management

High Target Growth

Investment into growth-focused startups

Become a GCV Invest Member

Join our network of 600+ experienced investor members

An established private investor network made up of over 600 members, GCV Invest specialises in providing experienced investors and high net worth individuals with access to growth-focused alternative investment opportunities. Create an account and browse the platform below.

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Minimise Risk. Maximise Returns.

Investor Brochure

GCV Invest Brochure

For investors keen to find out how we assist our members in building their wealth with impact, this GCV Invest brochure provides an overview of what we do at GCV and our track record operating in the space, touching on:

  • Our core asset classes: of venture capital, property and private equity, and our reasons for focusing on these

  • Target returns &  risk considerations: including details of typical hold periods and tax relief eligibility

  • Our track record: including a case study example of a previous opportunity and details of all of GCV's successful exits to date
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FAQs

Answer your questions on EIS investing

Should you have any further questions regarding the opportunities we provide at GCV Invest or about the EIS in general, we have provided a list of some of the most frequently asked questions below. If we haven't answered your query, you can contact our investor relations team directly here.

  • The EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) is a government backed investment scheme introduced in the UK in 1994 to connect promising startups and scaleups with private investors. Having raised over £24 billion for more than 33,000 SMEs in that period, the EIS's rapid growth in popularity can be partly attributed to the range of generous tax reliefs it offers investors.

  • When investing in the EIS, individuals have the potential to claim five key tax reliefs, together aimed at maximising the returns and minimising the risk associated with investing in early stage companies:

    1. 30% income tax relief 

    2. Capital gains tax exemption

    3. Capital gains deferral relief 

    4. Inheritance tax relief

    5. Loss relief

     

  • Investors are able to choose from two main routes when looking to invest in EIS opportunities - either via investing directly into individual, EIS-qualifying companies, or investing through an EIS fund whereby a fund manager effectively develops a portfolio on the investor’s behalf. A number of benefits, drawbacks and caveats exist for investing in either route, all of which are explained in this guide.

  • Though anyone that is a UK resident (or that claims UK tax liabilities) can invest using the EIS, the generous tax reliefs and higher risk-return profile of the scheme can make it particularly attractive to experienced investors, high net-worth individuals, those planning for later life and people with large income tax bills - largely through headline tax advantages including 30% income tax relief and capital gains tax exemption.

  • EIS investments often target higher, but longer term rates of return than many traditional, dividend-paying routes such as mature private equity, and in doing so will usually not pay regular dividends themselves. Instead EIS investments pay the full sum of the return when the company exits, often via an IPO (initial public offering) or sale.

  • GCV Invest is a private investor network for experienced investors, family offices and institutional investors.

    We originate and structure investment into alternative investment opportunities including; venture capital, private equity and property transactions.

  • If you would like to join GCV and become part of our private investor network, you can either sign up here, or contact Dan Smith (Investor Relations Director) directly via dan.smith@growthcapitalventures.co.uk and he will guide you through the process.  

  • The GCV Investment teams are well networked and uses its embedded presence in the key UK corporate finance regions to access a range of investment opportunities in private companies with significant potential for growth. The property team have long standing relationships with landowners and agents through key target regions.

    Opportunities are often introduced on an off-market basis, on the strength of longstanding personal relationships, or by professional advisers who are aware of our expertise and ability to work constructively on venture capital, private equity and property transactions.

  • The GCV Investment Team screens over 750 opportunities per annum and only selects 10 to 20 opportunities for detailed assessment.  From those 10 to 20 opportunities the team will assess each opportunity against carefully selected investment criteria.  The objective is to ensure only the best possible transactions are made available to GCV Invest Members.  The GCV Founders and Investment Team invest personally in each and every transaction.

  • To invest with GCV Invest you must first become a member.  The process is carried out online through the GCV Invest Portal.

    You can access it here.

    GCV Invest is aimed at Experienced Investors who are comfortable making their own investment decisions and would like to allocate part of their investment portfolio to Alternative Investments.

    The joining process is simple;

    1. Create your Account - Open your online GCV Invest Members Account.

    2. Complete Identification Process - As part of the joining process we will need to verify your identity and carry out Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti Money Laundering (AML) checks.  These checks are carried out in real-time and you go through the online application process.

    3. Investor Appropriateness  - The final step in becoming a GCV Investment Member is a short questionnaire to ensure the type of investments GCV provide match your requirements and risk, return profile.

    Once you have joined, you can access each investment opportunity, build your portfolio of well researched, carefully selected investment opportunities and track performance on your dedicated Client Account through the GCV Invest Online Portal.

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

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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.

Backed by

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.