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New Entrant Network | EIS fund panel discussion

26 Oct 2021 / Events News Tax Enhanced Video

A vibrant EIS Industry

We recently hosted a panel discussion with four new entrants to the EIS/SEIS market, each with a unique and exciting entrepreneurial story to tell.

Investment opportunities remain plentiful, and new fund managers are entering the field. Although highly experienced in SME investing, until relatively recently they have not run EIS funds, but their expertise will be highly sought after. Our New Entrant Network webinar provides the ideal opportunity for advisers and wealth managers to assess four such managers.

EOS Advisory Eos are specialists in deep science, engineering and technology, taking businesses from start-up and spinout stage, through to Series A and beyond.  They back ventures that have global potential, protectable IP, a clear commercial strategy, and a management team that have a significant relationship with for what is typically a five to eight year investment journey. Their approach is very selective and hands-on.

24 Haymarket – 24Haymarket focuses on growth equity ad venture capital investments in the UK. They invest aligned private capital to accelerate commercial success.

VGC Partners – Founded in 2011 by Parminder Basran, VGC Partners is an early growth capital investor. They invest in innovative, early-stage consumer, media and tech companies, who have identified untapped markets and are creating new products or experiences that satisfy emerging, next-generation consumer demand. They recognise outstanding entrepreneurial talent and collaborate with CEOs, entrepreneurs and management teams to enhance operational value, accelerate growth, and enable international expansion.

Haatch Ventures – The Haatch Ventures EIS Fund is managed by four successful entrepreneurs who have between them founded, grown and sold businesses worth over $150m.  The fund aims to back four to six early-stage digital transformation businesses in sectors the team knows well, such as software-as-a-service, on-demand, gig-economy and digital consumer. The team will invest where it believes it can use its considerable experience to add value. Haatch refers to this as its ‘Smart Money’ approach.

Watch the video below, to find out more about the discussion and the New Entrant Network.

Watch the recording

The New Entrant Network

The New Entrant Network was set up by Hardman & Co in 2018 as a network of trusted suppliers of professional services to help and support new entrant fund managers to the S/EIS market. We are now widening the scope of the network to embrace newer fund managers, including those founded within the past five years. Members of the Network can offer newer fund managers all the diverse elements required to have a successful firm. For example:

  • Independent product reviews
  • Market research and marketing services
  • Fund management services
  • Distribution platforms
  • Custodian and administration services
  • Legal and regulatory services
  • Tax advice
  • Adviser marketing and promotion
  • Insurance for managers and investee companies