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Bristol launches Enterprise Fund

Funding the future: The University of Bristol's new investment fund aims to help drive innovation

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | January 28, 2016 | Research

Investors are being urged to fund the next generation of science and technology companies being created by the University of Bristol.

A whole host of innovative spinout companies have emerged from the University over the past year alone, successfully turning research into real-life applications.

To build on its growing reputation for creating high-tech companies, the University has launched the University of Bristol Enterprise Fund, designed to support spinouts while at the same time offering tax reliefs to individual investors who purchase new shares in those companies.

It’s only the third university in the UK to do so, after Oxford and Cambridge, and utilises the government’s Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) – policies aimed at boosting economic growth in the UK by promoting new enterprise and entrepreneurship.

Investment in the fund is expected to be of particular interest to investors with links to the University, such as alumni, or to the city of Bristol.

Many companies created based on University of Bristol research receive support and advice from the University’s commercialisation team and from the Bristol SETsquared Centre - the University's award-winning business incubator, part of the wider SETsquared network which was named the best in the world recently. Companies supported by Bristol SETsquared have raised over £188 million since 2007. 

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said: “This fund will catalyse the University’s creation of – and SETsquared’s support for – exciting, technology-based companies by enabling individuals to invest alongside institutional investors, helping nascent entrepreneurs realise early steps towards a successful company.” 

The University of Bristol Enterprise Fund will be managed by London-based investment firm Parkwalk Advisors, which manages a series of specialist funds investing in the UK early-stage technology sector, including similar funds at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. 

More details of the University of Bristol Enterprise Fund are available from here: http://parkwalkadvisors.com/pw_ubef/

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