SEIS: Guide to the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme
Founders guide to SEIS. Find out how it helps startups and investors, eligibility criteria, how to get Advance Assurance...
If you’re looking for investors to fund your startup, you’re in the right place. Welcome to the ultimate list of the most active SEIS funds in the UK.
We’ve included SEIS funds that invest across sectors in early-stage businesses (Pre-seed to Series A) so you can find the best SEIS fund for your business. We’ve also added some useful resources at the end to help make your SEIS funding journey easier, faster and more affordable.
An SEIS fund is a venture capital fund used to invest in SEIS-eligible companies. SEIS is a tax initiative that incentivises private investors to support UK innovation and stimulate the growth of the economy. SEIS provides tax relief for investors who invest in small, seed-stage companies.
Here’s our list of active SEIS investment funds in the UK in 2023. You can discover more by doing your own research, or by browsing our resources (see more resources at the end of this article).
7percent invests in tech startups across sectors at the early stage.
Accel invests in startups across sectors at early and later stages.
Angel Academe invests in female-founded tech startups across sectors. They invest at early and later stages.
One of the most active seed investors in the UK, Ascension Ventures invests in early-stage technology companies, with a particular focus on startups raising their first or second round.
Anthemis invests in tech companies creating positive change in financial systems. They focus on fintech and invest at the early stages.
Balderton Capital invests in startups across sectors in the UK and Europe. They invest at early and later stages.
British Design Fund invests in purpose-led British product businesses. They invest in early stage companies, usually around £150,000 to £200,000.
Britbots provides early stage investment to a broad portfolio of UK-based robotics, automation, and AI companies when the companies have started to demonstrate commercial traction.
Previously known as RLC Ventures, Concept Ventures is the largest dedicated UK Pre-seed fund and invests in early stage companies changing how we ‘work, play and learn’. They invest up to £750k at Pre-seed and can lead rounds.
Our advice for fundraising Pre-seed is to focus on what makes your founding team’s skillset and collective experience an ‘unfair advantage’. Many funds are looking earlier in company lifecycles due to adverse later-stage conditions, so use this opportunity to build an exciting narrative backed by some early validation from users or customers.
Connect Ventures invests in software companies across sectors, with a focus on businesses in B2B SaaS, fintech, consumer software and digital health. They invest at early stage, including Pre-seed, and later stages.
Crane invests in software startups in the UK, Europe, US and Israel. They focus on SaaS, open-source, data-first, machine learning and creator-driven ventures. They invest at early stage including pre-seed.
Deepbridge Capital invests in technology, life sciences and renewable energy companies. They invest at early and later stages.
Episode 1 invests in B2B software companies at early stage.
Force Over Mass invests in B2B tech companies with a focus on AI, fintech and Industry 4.0 in Europe and the UK. They invest at early stage to Series B.
Fuel Ventures is one of the most active VCs in the UK. They invest in tech companies across sectors and invest early stage capital from pre-seed to Series A.
Frontline invests in B2B SaaS companies with plans to go global (and a particular focus on the US). They invest at early and later stages.
Guinness Ventures invests in companies in any sector, anywhere in the world. They invest early stage capital from Seed to Series A.
Haatch is one of the most active funds in the UK, especially for Pre-seed capital. They invest in companies across sectors from Pre-seed to later-stage funding rounds.
Imbiba invests in leisure and lifestyle businesses at early and later stages.
Jenson Funding Partners invest in startups across sectors. They invest from Pre-seed to later stages.
Martlet Capital invests in deeptech and life sciences B2B companies at the early stages. Their primary focus is on companies based in Cambridge.
Nauta Capital invests in software companies across sectors, with a focus on B2B. They invest in early stage companies.
Northzone invests in companies across sectors in the UK, Europe and the US. They invest in early stage companies and make later stage investments too.
The o2h Human Health SEIS Fund invests in novel drug discovery and AI. They invest at the early stages, including Pre-seed.
Redline Capital invests in tech companies in Europe and the UK, North America and Israel. They invest in a variety of sectors and back companies at any stage of funding.
Samaipata invests in digital platforms across sectors. They invest in early stage companies.
SFC Capital is one of the most active VCs in the UK. They invest in startups across sectors, from early to later stages.
Speedinvest backs companies in deeptech, fintech, health, industrial tech, marketplaces and consumer, and SaaS. They invest at early and later stages.
SuperSeed invests in early-stage software companies across sectors.
Sustainable Ventures invests in tech companies that address the challenges of climate change and resource scarcity. They invest in early stage companies.
Symvan Capital invests in tech companies across sectors, with a focus on B2B. They invest in early stage companies, including Pre-seed.
Truesight Ventures invests in tech companies across sectors in European and UK companies with a focus on UK and Nordic markets. They invest in early stage companies.
Vala Capital invests in sustainable businesses that create positive change in their markets and society, no matter the sector. They invest in companies from Pre-seed to later stages.
Worth Capital invests in UK companies across sectors, both consumer and B2B. They invest in early stage companies.
Looking to raise SEIS funding? Maybe you’re still exploring your SEIS eligibility. Make sure you meet the criteria before approaching SEIS investors. Take a look at more of our guides about SEIS fundraising:
How to complete your first funding round
This step-by-step guide covers how to start, manage and close your first funding round in the UK.
Startup funding: how it works and how to raise it
Our guide to the different types of funding and funding rounds, with tips from our experts.
Browse our other lists of investors:
The best advice I can give to founders looking to raise investment is to 1) target the right investors who know your industry, 2) approach them in a personalised way and 3) put yourself in their shoes.
Think about what you’d want to see if you were to invest in a company. Would you reply to an email that looked like a generic copy-and-paste? Would you feel comfortable investing your money into a company in a sector you know nothing about?
Be specific about which investors you approach and how you approach them, and trust that you’ll align with the right ones.
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