Enterprise Capital Funds
Enterprise Capital Funds (ECFs) address a market weakness in the provision of equity finance to SMEs by using Government funding alongside private sector investment to establish funds that operate within the ‘equity gap’. An equity gap arises where businesses with viable investment propositions are unable to attract investment from informal investors or venture capitalists. In bridging this gap, ECFs aim to alleviate what would otherwise present a significant barrier to enterprise and to productivity growth. Twelve such funds have been launched since 2006.
There is an ongoing process for allocation of Government investment in ECFs. Guidance and information for organisations interested in being selected to manage an Enterprise Capital Fund is accessible at the Capital for Enterprise website.
Contacting Individual ECFs
Companies who wish to apply for funding from particular ECFs should contact the appropriate fund manager via the links below:
Amadeus and Angels Seed Fund
The Catapult Growth Fund
Dawn Capital ECF
IQ Capital Fund
Longwall Ventures ECF
MMC Venture Managers
Oxford Technology Management ECF
Panoramic Growth Equity
The Seraphim Capital Fund
21st Century Sustainable Technology Growth Fund
On 1 April 2008, responsibility for the management of ECFs along with BIS’s other equity funds and the Small Firms Loan Guarantee (SFLG) was transferred to a new organisation, Capital for Enterprise Limited (CfEL]. This was aimed at improving the selection and management of the funds, but did not change the nature of the funds or their policy objectives.
Enterprise Capital Funds replace previous products such as the Regional Venture Capital Funds, which are now closed for new applications.