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MEET ME VC - Edition 2

Welcome to the second instalment of Meet Me VC brought to you by NOTWICS and sponsored by Amplifi, a leading R&D tax credit specialist and fast-growing digital publication, Maddyness UK.

This month we have 6 exciting Investment Firms including: AC Continental Ventures (ACV), Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF), Fuel Ventures, Pembroke VCT, Puma Private Equity, and Sandbox Studios Ventures.

If you want to get in touch with the sponsors or participants for any reason, please contact them via the buttons below each video, and thank you for joining us!

Arca Continental (AC) Ventures

AC Ventures Fund is a Corporate Venture Capital fund based in Mexico sponsored by Arca Continental. The company is one of the largest Coca-Cola bottlers in the world with operations in the United States, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador and Argentina.

The objective of the CVC is to invest almost globally in Venture Capital funds as a Limited Partner (LP) and also in startups. They look for opportunities in startups across pre-series A, Series A and B.

Fuel Ventures

Fuel Ventures is a leading early stage investor in technology companies in the UK. They take a unique approach to investing in early stage, globally scalable marketplaces, platforms, software (SaaS) and transactional technologies.

Fuel invest in and grow great companies with big potential. The primary focus is on building proven business models in the online and mobile space that have the ability to scale quickly and have international growth potential.

Fuel invest in extraordinary entrepreneurs with unique technologies that will define the next era of innovation. They take a hands-on approach from the very beginning, partnering with talented entrepreneurs to transform their vision into reality.

Using a recipe of entrepreneurial innovation, passion, energy and hard work, a mix of deep sector knowledge, influential personal network and a healthy dollop of “been-there-done-that” we achieve success.

Our Funds:
👉 Concept/Early Stage SEIS Fund 🌱 20-30 investments of £150k👉 Scale up/Growth EIS Fund 📈 12-15 investments of £1-£2m

Should you want Fuel to review business if you are looking for investment is to submit the business to our web form, we then review weekly in our investment meetings and will come back to you if we spot something of interest that gets us excited.

Please submit the business here

Greater London Investment Fund (GLIF)

Greater London Investment Fund growth loans from £100,000 – £1,000,000. Loans are available over 3-5 years; bespoke repayment profiles will be considered. Security, interest and fees will be individually tailored and reflective of the Funds risk appetite. Debentures will be taken but may be subordinated, partial personal guarantees maybe required.

To apply to the Fund, the business must*:
# Be an SME established as a limited company. Have a material part of its operations based in Greater London. Have a viable business plan and compelling commercial potential.
# Funds can be used for expansion-related activities that will deliver substantial growth impact within Greater London, including:
Sales & marketing activity, Hiring new staff, New product development, Entering new markets, Exporting Abroad, Purchasing New Equipment

*Other eligibility conditions exist, reflective of the requirements of the Fund stakeholders. In particular, restrictions apply which prohibit support to a business defined as “undertaking in difficulty” Please speak with a Fund Manager who will be able to guide you as to any eligibility factors which may affect our ability to consider loan support.

Pembroke VCT

Pembroke VCT is a venture capital trust with a difference. Pembroke find exceptional, innovative founders and use their extensive network and experience to grow the brands of tomorrow.

From start-ups to more mature businesses, Pembroke invest in companies they have a high conviction about, enabling continued growth through our strategic and operational expertise.

Pembroke partner closely with each company and give investors access to a private equity style investment strategy, with significant tax benefits. Across their Board, Management Team and Advisers, Pembroke VCT offers much more than capital.

Puma Private Equity

Puma Private Equity are committed to supporting the growth of small and medium-sized businesses across all sectors and regions of the UK. Puma will work with you to unlock the potential in your business, delivering investment from £2m to £10m to help achieve ambitions.

Puma’s investments provide more than capital – they provide partnership. By using our investment insight, multi-sector experience and extensive network, This helps founders accelerate their business growth.

Puma work with established businesses the capital and support, over the long-term and frequently participate in follow-on rounds.

Sandbox Studios Ventures

Through decades of experience creating globally renowned collaborations we are developing a new asset class, one that has been virtually untouched by venture capital due to the siloed nature at ideation stage.

Although influencer marketing and brand collaborations have built an $80bn industry, much of it has been focused on marketing campaigns. The collaborations that have built new businesses and product lines consistently provide exceptionally high returns, outperforming the market substantially.

Sandbox Studios aim to capitalize on this global shift in the economy driven by the advance of social media and celebrity.

Sandbox Studios is an actively managed venture capital fund. As part of the creation and launch of new IP to which the fund invests into, we have greater control on the company’s exit strategy. By acting as a co-founder of the newly formed IP, Sandbox Studios will ensure exits are driven by the fund and roll outs provide annual returns for LPs from dividends.

This is only possible due to the unique position of their General Partners who have over forty years collective experience in creating and developing multi-million-dollar collaborations that have generated over $1bn in revenue in addition to running high-growth start-ups with returns up to 1000x.