A guide to investment funds in the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor
The rich business heritage of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor means the region is popular with investors looking for the UK's next tech unicorn.
Here we take a look at some of the funds and networks operating in the region which help technology companies grow. Get in touch with the Tech Corridor team to find out what we can do to help your business attract that game-changing investment.
Leading international investor focused on mid-market Private Equity and Infrastructure. Fund(s) size: £7bn (Globally)
Anglia Capital Group
Based in Norfolk and Suffolk, Anglia Capital is a group of Angel Investors which invest in start-ups and early growth-stage businesses with innovative and potentially disruptive technology at their core.
Amadeus Capital Partners
Amadeus invests in technology and entrepreneurs to help them fulfill their potential and make a global impact. The fund was founded by Hermann Hauser, the legendary Cambridge entrepreneur behind companies including Acorn Computers and Arm. Investment areas: Invests in new technologies in the UK and continental Europe
A group of more than 60 high-net worth investors, many of whom are responsible for the biggest success stories of the original ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’. With proven experience in technology, internet, software, hardware, digital healthcare and life sciences, they invest in these sectors across Cambridge, Oxford, London and beyond.
Cambridge Innovation Capital
As the preferred investment partner for Cambridge University, CIC is uniquely placed to work with University spin-outs, and specialises in high-growth technology and healthcare businesses. It has raised £125 million from investors to date.
VC firm with offices in Cambridge, London and Dublin. Invests in high growth technology companies with global ambitions.
They invest at Series A (£2-3m+), but 70% of their capital is for growth stage rounds (Series B+). For seed investments (companies raising less than £2-3m) they make approx. 200+ seed investments a year
Portfolio includes endomag, Focal Point Positioning, ieso Health
Invests in high-growth companies exploiting the innovative application of technology. Has invested in over 40 high growth businesses in the Greater Cambridge region.
Portfolio includes Carbon13, ADC Therapeutics
Foresight East of England Fund
The £100 million Foresight East of England Fund targets equity investments of between £1 million and £5 million in small and medium-sized business (SMEs) in the East of England and beyond.
Founded by Cambridge entrepreneur Mike Lynch in 2012, Invoke says it invests in ‘fundamental technology businesses’, and takes a flexible approach to the types and levels of investment on offer for promising companies.
The IQ team has been working together for over 20 years, and invests in deep-tech start-ups and IP-rich tech companies. WIth offices in Cambridge and London, the fund is actively seeking investments in Machine Learning, AI, Data Science and data-based propositions, as well as IP based on disruptive algorithms.
Low Carbon Innovation Fund
Provides equity finance for SMEs in the region that are developing or deploying environmentally beneficial technologies. Cycle two of the fund, LCIF2, is open and offers investments between £25k to £450k per round depending on stage of development of the applicant. LCIF2 is supported by Norfolk County Council and the University of East Anglia, as well as the regional LEPs. LCIF2 is managed by Turquoise.