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Venture Capital

Invest in Startups

We help experienced investors build their wealth by providing access to carefully selected investment opportunities including some of the UK's most exciting startups.

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The Bank North Executive Team

Back the game-changers.

We make it simple to buy shares in high-growth startups.

Co-invest alongside a network of experienced private investors, family offices and institutional investors. Invest in carefully selected early-stage private companies. For UK based private investors, many of our startup investment opportunities offer attractive tax reliefs through the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Venture Capital and Portfolio Diversification

Diversification

Venture capital is an exciting asset class that is gaining increasing interest among experienced private investors, particularly those who see the benefits of building a well-diversified investment portfolio.

Venture Capital Superior Returns

Superior Returns

Venture Capital has now outperformed every other primary asset class over the last three years and is expected to continue its strong performance. Invest in carefully selected startups and add a growth-focused strategy to your portfolio.

Venture Capital Positive Impact

Positive Impact

All of the start-up investment opportunties listed on the GCV Invest platforms are selected for their potential to deliver significant investor returns and wider positive social, environmental and economic impacts. A better way to invest.

Creating Value. Building Wealth.

Our Latest Startup Investment Opportunities

Invest in some of the UK's most promising high growth companies.

Join our private investor network and invest beyond property and pensions. Introduce an element of diversification to your portfolio by adding startup and venture-backed businesses with the potential to deliver significant returns. Here's a selection of our current open offers and previous investment opportunities.

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Round 3
Series A
Open For Investment

Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 250,000
Funds Raised: £ 262,960
Round: Round 3
Minimum Investment: £ 1,000
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Business Finance Market (trading as Finance Nation)
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

Bank North

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 2,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 3,489,850
Round: Round 1
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about Bank North
Round 2
Completed

Bank North

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 2,192,256
Round: Round 2
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about Bank North
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 3
Completed

Bank North

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 883,835
Round: Round 3
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about Bank North
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 4
Completed

Bank North

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 1,000,000
Funds Raised: £ 1,375,200
Round: Round 4
Investment Type: Equity
Learn More about Bank North
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: £ 1,000,000
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 1
Growth
Completed

Finexos

Sector: Fintech & Banking
Target Sought: £ 500,000
Funds Raised: £ 626,485
Round: Round 1
Minimum Investment: £ 500
Investment Type: Equity
Tax Schemes: EIS
Learn More about Finexos

Ambitious Businesses with High Growth Potential

Venture capital provides access to investment opportunities in game-changing startup companies with the potential to disrupt entire industries. A well-thought-through approach to portfolio construction, utilising tax-efficient investment schemes where possible, can ensure you minimise downside risk and maximise potential returns.

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Minimise Risk. Maximise Returns.

GCV Invest has given me the opportunity to diversify my investment portfolio and include some early-stage companies alongside more traditional investments. The tax reliefs available through SEIS and EIS are a welcome benefit and have allowed me to take advantage of some lucrative tax breaks which help to minimise downside risk and maximise potential returns.

Karl Wintrell
GCV Invest Member

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Free Investor Guide

An Investor's Guide to Tax-Efficient Investing

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

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FAQs

Answer your GCV-related Queries

Should you have any further questions on tax efficient investing, venture capital or anything at all surrounding what we offer at GCV, you can contact us at any point - but we've provided a selection of frequently asked questions below.

  • GCV Invest was launched to help experienced investors build a more diversified growth-focused investment portfolio.

    To become a GCV Invest client, you must meet the following criteria;

    Be a Family Office, Institutional Investor, High Net Worth Individual or Sophisticated Investor, seeking to invest alongside like-minded investors and connect with the Alternative Investment ecosystem. Looking to deploy over £10k+ in Alternative Investment Opportunities per annum.

  • If you would like to join GCV and become part of our Private Investor Network, please contact Dan Smith (Investor Relations Director) - dan.smth@growthcapitalventures.co.uk

    Alternatively, you can register online here.

  • We charge no upfront fees for being part of our investor network, having access to our opportunities or investing in our opportunities.

    For investments into private companies, fees are only charged at the point of a liquidity event occurring (such as a trade sale or IPO). At this point, 7.5% of the investment gain is charged before funds are provided back to you as an investor.

    For investments into joint venture property transactions, a 7.5% fee is charged only at the successful completion of the development project.

    Whilst dividend payments should not be expected from your investments, if and when they are paid, 7.5% of the dividend amount is charged to investors.

  • If you're an experienced investor and considering ways to build a more balanced portfolio, venture capital is an asset class that has the potential to deliver a number of benefits;

    • Invest in early-stage high growth companies when the share price is attractive
    • Portfolio diversification
    • Potential for superior returns - typically you should be targeting investments with the potential to deliver 10x money return over a 5 year hold period
    • Access to lucrative tax breaks for UK based investors - SEIS and EIS

    Investing in startups and early-stage private companies can be exciting and rewarding if done properly. However, it's important to understand the risk and reward profile of this type of investment and ensure you're comfortable with this assets class as part of your portfolio.

    As with all investments, please remember returns are not guaranteed.

  • Startups and Venture Capital have become an increasingly attractive asset class for investors worldwide thanks to historical returns and liquidity in recent years.

    The many success stories of Venture Capital backed startups that have gone public have also brought in more and more attention from investors. The asset class has now outperformed every other primary class in the last three years and is expected to continue its strong performance.

    Investing in startups allows investors to buy shares at the early stages of the company's growth journey and at an attractive price.

    UK based private investors can also take advantage of lucrative tax breaks which can help to minimise investment risk and maximise potential returns.

  • The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) are two investment schemes provided by the UK government that offer some of the most generous tax reliefs to UK investors.

    After investing into an SEIS or EIS-eligible investment opportunity, investors will be provided with an SEIS3 or EIS3 form that can be submitted to HMRC to claim the relevant tax reliefs.

    Our free guide to the SEIS and free guide to the EIS provide details of the tax reliefs available, but investors should seek independent tax advice as tax reliefs can be dependent on individual circumstances. 

    Please note that whilst non-UK taxpayers will be unable to access the relevant SEIS/EIS tax reliefs, this will not prevent investment into an opportunity.

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.