Vala EIS Portfolio

Investment Objective

This Fund was created to invest in companies run by skilled entrepreneurs, who have the potential to build exceptional businesses.

  1. The investments are managed by a group of serial entrepreneurs.
  2. These entrepreneurs will personally invest in to the portfolio companies alongside the Vala Portfolio investors so that they are truly aligned with the success of the company.
  3. There are no ongoing management fees only an initial fee (charged to investee companies), which means Vala is wholly reliant on performance fees from profitable exits.
  4. 100% of the client’s subscription (after platform fees) will be invested in to qualifying companies.

Exit Strategy

The target exit range is 3-5 years after investment (though investors should expect that some companies might take longer to exit). Exits will be realised by sale of the shares, typically through a trade sale or a sale through Private Equity or an IPO.

Company nameDate of exitTotal capital investedTotal capital realisedValue change
Aggregate for all investments £38,555,000£117,753,333205%
Translocation Ltd1990£1,640,000£600,000-63%
Translocation DirectFailed£200,000£0-100%
Static 2358 Ltd2001£1,000,000£2,500,000150%
PlayJam Ltd2001£18,150,000£45,333,333150%
The Optimistic Network Ltd2005£4,500,000£35,000,000678%
General Entertainment and Media CorpFailed£500,000£0-100%
General Public Entertainment LtdFailed£300,000£0-100%
Flipside Televison Ltd2006£250,000£450,00080%
Sail CroatiaFailed£2,000,000£0-100%
Plum Baby2010£3,025,000£10,000,000231%
Webflix LtdFailed£200,000£0-100%
Ekwienox Yachting LtdFailed£500,000£0-100%
Goldfinn LtdFailed£50,000£0-100%
Subreeze LtdFailed£50,000£0-100%
Keenspirit LtdFailed£50,000£0-100%
Fluroesent Media LtdFailed£100,000£0-100%
Copernicus Adriatic LLP2018£200,000£4,200,0002000%
Zapper Media Limited2014£40,000£120,000200%
Benefits Express2015£80,000£650,000713%
Hell Kite Films Ltd2016£150,000£300,000100%
PlayJam Hong Kong2016£10,000£100,000900%
Ark Games LtdFailed£60,000£0-100%

Fund Manager

Sapphire Capital Partners LLP is headed by Boyd Carson, who is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former director of PwC in New York and Vasiliki Carson, formerly of Goldman Sachs in New York and Tokyo.

Fund Provider


The Vala EIS Portfolio builds on the expertise of a group of serial entrepreneurs, who over many years have given blood, sweat and tears to create, build and sell businesses across various industries. They have invested more than £25m of their own money into early-stage businesses and raised more than £45m from other investors for those companies. The £48m invested in to 36 companies that have exited has realised £142m.

Their philosophy is to stick by our portfolio companies through thick and thin, building relationships with founders that last a lifetime and support them through a successful exit. “We are investors, but first we are entrepreneurs.”


6% initial fee charged to investee companies (on behalf of investors).

Vala Capital will earn a performance fee, equal to 20% of any sale proceeds exceeding 100% of the amount invested.

Kuber Specific Arrangements


For further information please do not hesitate to contact us on:
+44 (0) 20 7952 6685

Fund at a glance

Scheme Categorisation

Alternative Investment Fund

Target Return

£2 for every £1 invested

Scheme Strategy

Generalist Growth EIS

Investment Sector

General Enterprise

Target Diversification

Typically 6-10 companies

Nominee & Custody Arrangements

The Nominee: Woodside Nominees Limited

The Custodian: Woodside