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Top 20 Most Active Seed Investors in Manchester

Northwest Business Angels

Northwest Business Angels is an Angel Network, managed by Manchester Solutions. They invest between £150k 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.

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 itself typically invests up to £250k in any given company, and evaluates 20 to 40 investment opportunities in depth each year.


Deepbridge Venture Capital

Invests anywhere from less than £150k up to £10m. 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

Gives out loans or mezzanine finance (a mixture of loans and equity) for investments of between £10k and £300k. Businesses should use funding for the creation of new jobs.

BOOST&Co Growth Loan

Typically invests between £2m and £10m in companies with in excess of £2m in revenue. The fund offers startup loans from £500k to £2m, revenue loans of between £500k and £2m, venture debt from £2m to £10m, and growth business loans of between £2m and £10m. The funds should be used for Growth Capital, R&D or M&A.

Draper Esprit

Draper Esprit typically invests between $2m and $50m in Series A and Series B rounds. Notable investments include Push Doctor and POD Point.

Octopus Ventures

One of Europe’s largest investors, with more than £1 billion under management. Typically invests from around £1m for Seed invesments to £5m for Series A.

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 a fundraising amount ranging between £400k and £5m.

Venture Founders

The fund operates a selective equity crowdfunding platform for seed stage investments. It also provides the necessary materials, marketing support and access to its network of investors.

Enterprise Ventures SME Loans

Now part of the Mercia Asset Management group. 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.

Foresight Group

The foresight 4 VCT (Venture Capital Trust – a form of publicly traded VC Fund) typically invests between £1m and £3m in companies with a strong sustainability focus. There is also a Foresight Solar & Technology VCT. Companies should have between £0.5m and £2m EBITDA at the time of investment.

Greater Manchester Investment Fund

Typically invests between £500k and £5m in either loans or equity in businesses which have match funding from the private sector and will create jobs in the Greater Manchester area.


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 management. 

Did you know?

8 out of 10 UK angel investments are made under  SEIS/EIS. You can find out if you qualify to raise under SEIS/EIS, and apply for SEIS/EIS Advance Assurance from HMRC on SeedLegals.

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