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GCV Invest

Build your Wealth with GCV

We help experienced investors build their wealth by providing access to carefully selected, growth-focused alternative investment opportunities that reside in our three core asset classes of venture capital, property and private equity.

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Welcome to GCV Invest

We offer High-Growth Investment Opportunities for Experienced Investors across Three Key Asset Classes

The central investment hub for the GCV private investor network, GCV Invest brings together a cohort of online and offline, private and institutional investors who all share one common mission - to access growth-focused, impact-driven alternative investment opportunities.

Spread across our three core asset classes of venture capital, property and private equity, at GCV all of the investments we source are designed to help our members not only achieve superior returns when investing in alternatives, but to develop a well-diversified portfolio while doing so, backed up with tax efficient investment schemes such as the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) where possible.

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Venture Capital

Invest in Promising Startups

With a proven track record in facilitating pre-vetted, high quality investment opportunities into some of Britain’s most promising startups and scaleups, VC makes up a significant proportion of the deals we originate at GCV.

Targeting base-rate investor returns of 10x money-on-money (not guaranteed) at GCV we source VC opportunities that reside in a variety of high-growth sectors but that all share two defining features - high target growth and an impact-driven mission.

Bolstered with generous tax reliefs such as capital gains tax exemption and inheritance tax relief where possible, we prioirtise VC opportunities that can not only target superior returns but minimise downside risk and support investors planning for later life.

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Property Investment

Joint Venture Property Developments

Members of the GCV Invest platform can take advantage of a specialist property investment team that collectively boast a deep, multifaceted knowledge and experience of the UK property sector.

Fostering close ties throughout the industry, relationships with strategic delivery partners such as established luxury housebuilder, Homes by Carlton, provide GCV with the platform to originate and structure carefully selected property investment opportunities directly.

Characterised by joint venture property investments into residential developments in desirable locations, GCV targets investor returns of 1.5x money-on-money (not guaranteed) over a predicted two-year hold period (25% IRR).

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Private Equity

Mature Private Companies

At GCV, we understand that as one of the more widely accessed routes for investing in alternatives, mature private equity deals play a crucial role in fuelling innovation in some of the UK's most prolific later stage companies.

We recognise the impact that developing innovative ideas within successful businesses can have on boosting productivity and driving superior returns, that’s why we only choose to work alongside mature companies that we believe we can add considerable equity value to.

Typically targeting a money-on-money returns of no less than 2.5x over a holding period of up to 5 years. GCV aims to support investors in building a diversified portfolio of private company holdings that generates regular income and capital gains.

Welcome to GCV Invest

We offer high-growth investment opportunities for experienced investors across three asset classes

GCV Invest brings together an online and offline investor network of experienced, private investors and institutional investors to access and co-invest in growth focussed investment opportunities. We originate impact driven investments across three asset classes; Venture Capital, Private Equity and Property to deliver both portfolio diversification and superior investor returns. We focus on originating and structuring high growth investment opportunities, many of which offer attractive tax reliefs including the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS).

Startup Team

Venture Capital

Invest in Ambitious Startups

GCV provide investors with access to high quality, pre-vetted startup investment opportunities in some of the most exciting UK based early-stage businesses with high growth potential.

Offering a range of tax-efficient investment structures such as EIS and SEIS, investors can also benefit from Inheritance Tax and Capital Gains Tax relief.

GCV focus on originating and structuring investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver superior investment profits.

Targeting returns of 10x money-on-money (not guaranteed), our approach can also form part of a bespoke estate planning service.

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Property Investment

Joint Venture Residential Developments

GCV Investors benefit from access to our specialist property investment team that offers extensive knowledge and experience of the UK property sector.

Working closely with our strategic delivery partner, Homes by Carton we originate and structure carefully selected property investment opportunities.

We focus primarily on residential development projects in sought after locations in the UK.

Investments are typically structured as a joint venture investment with the developer. We target investor returns of 1.5x money-on-money (not guaranteed), generally over a two year hold period (25% IRR).

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Private Equity

Later Stage Private Companies

Innovative private companies are the backbone of the economy. The UK’s private equity industry is the largest and most dynamic in Europe, turning innovative ideas into successful businesses and helping mature companies become more productive and in turn, drive superior investor returns.

We choose to work only with companies where we are able to create significant additional equity value; typically targeting a Multiple of Money (MoM) return of not less than 2.5x initial investment over a holding period of up to 5 years.

GCV members are able to construct a balanced, diversified portfolio of private company holdings, offering the potential for regular income and capital gains whilst mitigating the risk associated with private equity investment.

Recent Investment Opportunities

Investing in Alternatives Made Easy

We provide our private investor network with a select number of highly vetted, growth-focused alternative investment opportunities every year through the GCV Invest platform, making researching and accessing venture capital, property and private equity opportunities easy. Bolstered with tax efficient wrappers such as the EIS and SEIS where possible, our investments are sourced with two key goals in mind - minimising risk and maximising returns.

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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

Minimise Risk. Maximise Returns.

Our Stats

Investing for Impact and Growth

Possessing a deep, specialised knowledge of the three core asset classes of venture capital, property and private equity, at GCV we play to our strengths, only sourcing alternative investments that we believe have the potential to generate superior returns whilst balancing considerable long term positive impact.

Whether this be by backing the next transformational tech startup, residential property development or pioneering mature company, the GCV portfolio has been crafted to make achieving a diversified portfolio effortless when investing in alternatives - and our track record stands testament to that. 

Target Returns

25% IRR

Investor Members

600+

Transactions Completed

15+

Portfolio Value

£600M+

Unrealised Gain

5.2x

Employment Created

600+

GCV invest has given me the opportunity to invest in businesses and projects that have the potential to deliver much more attractive returns than traditional investment products. I'm comfortable making my own decisions and wanted to allocate part of my portfolio to asset classes that have the potential to deliver returns of up to 25% IRR and access tax breaks where possible. More importantly it's allowed me to create a balanced, growth-focused portfolio.

Karl Ridley
GCV Invest Member

GCV investor Karl Ridley

Why choose GCV Invest?

Built by Investment Professionals, for Investment Professionals

As a private investor network and co-investment platform built by experienced investment professionals, GCV Invest aims to deliver: 

Growth and Impact

Access handpicked impact-driven investment opportunities with the potential to deliver better risk-adjusted returns.

Portfolio Diversification

Build a diversified portfolio by investing in a range of opportunities with different risk and return profiles.

Syndicated Investment

Invest alongside experienced professional investors, family offices and sector-specific institutional funds.

Deal Origination

Access original investment opportunities, created and incubated by GCV's venture builder arm - GCV Labs.

Minimised Risk

Access well researched, carefully selected investment opportunities that utilise risk-minimising tax-efficient structures.

Maximised Returns

Invest in opportunities at a competitive entry price with a clear value creation plan and defined exit strategy.

Step 3

Build your portfolio

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

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Become a GCV Invest Member

Unlock a library of opportunities originated with superior returns in mind.

GCV Invest is a private investor network and sophisticated co-investment platform, formed with the goal of connecting experienced investors with high-growth, impact driven alternatives investment opportunities that can form part of a diversified portfolio.

Join our Private Investor Network.

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Portfolio Diversification.
Superior Returns.

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.

Tax efficient investing guide

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.

    The GCV Invest co-investment platform has been built for clients that meet the following criteria:

    Is a Family Office, Institutional Investor, HNWI or Sophisticated Investor, seeking to invest alongside like-minded individuals and connect with the alternative investment ecosystem. Is looking to deploy over £10k in alternative investment opportunities per annum.

  • You can sign up to the GCV Invest co-investment platform directly here, but if you have any further queries, or would like to register your interest first person with our Director of Investor Relations, Dan Smith, you can contact him via this email - dan.smth@growthcapitalventures.co.uk

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

    For investors, 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.

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

  • 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.

  • The GCV investment teams are well networked and uses their 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, specifically, 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.

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.