To invest in a portfolio of early-stage technology businesses with a strong focus on research and innovation, giving the potential for high growth alongside reasonable exit timescales. Risk is reduced by diversifying across technology sector and company stage.
A dedicated pipeline team searches for deal flow across the UK using accelerators, networks and a cutting edge research tool to identify opportunities capable of disrupting large, growing markets. To be considered for investment, companies must have:
a highly motivated founding team with clear vision and strong leadership skills
evidence of product-market-fit through traction, often in the form of early revenues
a marketing plan driven by a firm grasp on customer-acquisition metrics
Through a rigorous due diligence process covering the company, technology and EIS tax status, underlying risks are identified and either mitigated or the opportunity rejected.
On investment, an UltraNED from Blackfinch’s external network of seasoned founders and industry leaders is appointed to the company’s board to add value in the form of contacts and expertise.
Portfolio company exits will typically take the form of a trade sale or in some cases an IPO, with a target timeframe of 4-7 years.
Blackfinch Investments Limited is an investment specialist based in Gloucester with an ethos of delivering value through expertise and a high-quality service with transparency. An established provider of EIS, its products cover tax-efficient solutions, early-stage investing, managed portfolio services and property financing. It now has over £300 million in assets under management and administration.