Investor DirectoryTop 21 Most Active Seed Investors in Manchester
November 6, 2017

Northwest Business Angels

Northwest Business Angels is an Angel Network, managed by Manchester Solutions. They invest between £20k and £500k. The fund charges no fees throughout the investment process.


Entrepreneurs Fund

Typically invests between €250k and €10m. The fund invests from around €250k to more than €10m in individual companies. The typical initial investment is €1 to 2m and the fund normally aims to invest at least €5m over the life of a company. Frequent co investors include IP Group, Octopus Ventures and Finance Yorkshire.


Co Angel Investment

Co Angel Investment is an Angel Network, managed by Business Finance Solutions (BFS). The fund provides equity investments, as well as working with syndicates to access the Angel Co fund. It also provides legal support and carries out due diligence, and offers monitoring services following investment.


Clearly Social Angels

Clearly Social Angels (CSA) is an Angel network managed by ClearlySo. CSA has participated in 20 fundraisings totalling £13.7m with an average fundraising size of £684k. The stake taken by investors in these deals averaged 24.5% at a £2.19m pre-money valuation.

Deepbridge Venture Capital

Typically invests between £500k and £5m. Does not invest exclusively in companies that are EIS- and/or SEIS-qualifying. The fund will invest across a variety of sectors, but most of its experience lies in renewable energy and technology sectors.



Typically invests £17k in participants of their accelerator programme. The programme includes workspace for up to six months, access to the fund's incubator space, and growth support. The fund takes 8% stake in exchange for investment, or 4% if businesses have already received funding.


Rosebud Business Finance

Typically invests between £10k and £1m. Businesses should use funding for the creation of new jobs. Lancashire County Council Rosebud Business Finance has participated in 33 fundraisings totalling £5.14m with an average fundraising size of £257k. The stake taken by investors in these deals averaged 49.4% at a £1.16m pre-money valuation.


BOOST&Co Growth Loan

Typically invests between £2m and £8m. The fund offers startup loans from £500k to £2m, revenue loans from £500k to £2m, venture debt from £2m to £8m, and growth business loans from £2m to £8m. The fund is prepared to offer loans for higher and lower amounts in special circumstances.


Draper Esprit

Draper Esprit typically invests between $500k and $15m in rounds of between $500k and $50m. Notable investments include Push Doctor and POD Point.


Octopus Ventures

Typically invests between £250k and £5m. Octopus Ventures has participated in 134 fundraisings totalling £585m with an average fundraising size of £4.64m. The stake taken by investors in these deals averaged 30.5% at a £12.1m pre-money valuation


Business Loans

Charity/Not-for-profit company, managed by Business Finance Solutions (BFS), investing between £3k and £100k. The fund provides loans to be used as growth or expansion capital.



Typically works with companies raising between £250k and £1m, with a minimum of £20k. There is no maximum target amount, however the optimum range is between £100,000 and £150,000.



Invests a minimum of £10k and typically up to £4.2m. Businesses can raise up to €5m (or £4.2m).



The fund operates an online equity crowdfunding platform, through which investors can provide growth funding to pitches of their choice, with an average fundraising amount of £600k. SyndicateRoom frequently co invests with London Business Angels, Cambridge Capital Group and Ascension Ventures


Venture Founders

Typically invests between £250k and £2m in Seed and Venture stage companies. The fund operates a selective equity crowdfunding platform. It also provides the necessary materials, marketing support and access to its network of investors.


Enterprise Ventures SME Loans

Enterprise Ventures is a specialist lender run by Enterprise Ventures. Typically invests between £150k and £1m. Loans are available for all business purposes, including acquisitions, asset purchases, operational improvement and business development. Rates are fixed for the duration of the loan.


CBPE Capital

Applicants must be post-revenue. For MBO/MBI/Other management transaction deals, businesses should have a maximum enterprise value of £150m.


Foresight Group

Typically invests between £1m and £5m in companies with between £0.5m and £2m EBITDA at the time of investment.


Greater Manchester Investment Fund

Typically invests between £500k and £5m.



LMarks runs Their fund provides growth capital and works closely with businesses to create a tailored mentoring programme to track progress and chart growth.


Catapult Ventures

Catapult Ventures is an independent Fund Manager.  Its owners operate a number of discrete venture capital funds on behalf of a range of public and private sector investors, with a total of £130m under the owners management. 

November 6, 2017

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