Risk Warning: Investing in early stage businesses can mean loss of investment, dilution and illiquidity. The Start-Up Series SEIS Fund One is exclusively for sophisticated investors who understand these risks. Please click here to read the full risk warning.

our unique model

We believe that building a diversified portfolio of seed investments based on winners of our competition series has pioneered a whole new route of equity funding. Our competition funding approach has been deliberately designed to help mitigate the risks of early stage investments.

Start-Up Series

Widely publicised nationwide business competitions…

Delivering high volume of deal flow to assess

Distillation funding

Sophisticated distillation process run by commercial experts…

Surfacing superior entrepreneurs at fair valuations

Director investor

Oversight from experienced Investor Directors…

Reducing risk & accelerating growth

EIS & SEIS tax reliefs

Creating a ‘mini portfolio’ of EIS and/or SEIS investments…

Creating highly predictable timings for tax reliefs

THE START-UP SERIES SEIS FUND ONE

The Start-Up Series SEIS Fund One enables investors to hold equity in a number of businesses, usually winners of the Start-Up Series competition. All the investments are SEIS compliant. The Fund is managed by Amersham Investment Management Ltd, who are authorised and regulated by the FCA, FRN 507460.

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SOURCING AMBITIOUS START-UPS

We’ve teamed up with startups.co.uk, the go-to online platform for entrepreneurs seeking advice for their new business, attracting almost 400k monthly users.

Together, we run the Start-Up Series – the UK’s largest seed funding competition.

The Series is aimed at consumer start-ups: Creating new products & services to buy and the ways that we buy them. The focus is on real products and services, in the consumer space where strong brands can be grown. ‘Tech’ is not being targeted specifically, although technology based disruptions to the target sectors are expected and encouraged as long as they are rooted in consumer insight.

A RIGOROUS DISTILLATION FORMAT

The competition process includes six weeks of distillation and comprehensive commercial due diligence. From an average 85 entrants per month, we filter down to one very worthy winner. This includes plenty of time face to face, to really get to know the team and the business model. A fair valuation is agreed, set to reflect the relative maturity of the business and the requirement for funds.

Experienced Fund Managers Amersham Investment Management then conduct thorough technical due diligence. If investment approval is then granted, the winner receives a seed equity investment up to £150,000.

BEYOND THE INVESTMENT

Along with the investment, winners are contracted to the help and advice of an experienced Investor Director for a minimum of 24 months. Formal bi-monthly board meetings monitor progress and look after the interests of investors. Alongside these is rich informal advice for the entrepreneurs to help them spot risks, exploit opportunities and build momentum.

Each winner is given the kudos and publicity of winning this high profile competition series – helpful in attracting customers, new team members and when raising further funding. Their progress is followed through regular news features on startups.co.uk, allowing readers to follow their journey.

What is EIS & SEIS?

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) & Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) have been supported by successive governments to encourage investment in small, high-growth businesses. An array of tax reliefs have been designed to reduce risk and increase return on investment.

50% SEIS income tax relief

PERSONAL INCOME TAX

50% of the investment is reclaimed from income tax owing or paid in the previous or current year

50% SEIS capital gains tax reinvestment relief

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

50% reinvestment relief directly reduce a CGT bill by half, usually worth
10% of the investment

100% SEIS inheritance tax exempt

INHERITANCE TAX

100% exempt, provided investments are held in a qualifying business for two years before passing on

100% SEIS capital gains exemption

CAPITAL GAINS

All profit on the investment 100% exempt from capital gains tax after being held for three years

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COMPANY LOSS RELIEF

If a company fails, the net investment (total less reliefs already claimed) reduces income tax further

30% EIS income tax relief

PERSONAL INCOME TAX

30% of the investment is reclaimed from income tax owing or paid in the previous or current year

100% EIS deferral of cgt

CAPITAL GAINS TAX

100% deferral of CGT liability on gains up to the value of the investment, for the life of the investment

100% EIS inheritance tax exempt

INHERITANCE TAX

100% exempt, provided investments are held in a qualifying business for two years before passing on

100% EIS capital gains exemption

CAPITAL GAINS

All profit on the investment 100% exempt from capital gains tax after being held for three years

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COMPANY LOSS RELIEF

If a company fails, the net investment (total less reliefs already claimed) reduces income tax further

businesses we have found

Our competition approach has unearthed and funded some of the brightest entrepreneurs in the UK.

INVESTOR FEEDBACK

Frequently Asked Questions

We’re not authorised to give either investment or tax advice to investors. The suitability of making an investment in the Fund should be discussed and agreed to by an authorised financial advisor. But there are some common questions from investors which we’ve answered here.

Will I know which businesses I’m investing in?

You will always know which businesses you have invested in – and can join the excitement of watching them progress. Occasionally you will know the businesses before committing to invest in the Fund, but other times you may need to trust our judgement and that of our Fund Manager, Amersham Investment Management. This is because the SEIS Fund is invested in tranches, so each investor receives an investment usually spread across three to six businesses. We make the commercial recommendation for which businesses the Fund invests in but the decision to do so or not rests with the Fund Manager. Some businesses are decided early, some later. Sometimes the funding tranche is filled quickly, so you will need to commit to the Fund before all the investments are known.

How often and how will I hear about the progress of my investments?

We  co-ordinate the entrepreneurs reporting formally each 05 April and 05 October. There may also be additional updates in between – for example, should there be some great news that just can’t wait, or should the entrepreneur think the investor network might be able to help them.

Can I predict which tax year my reliefs will fall into?

Yes. The timing of your reliefs are dependent on the date the Fund Manager makes the investment and the provision to you of your SEIS3 certificate, for which we ensure the investee companies make timely application to HMRC. We always make clear the intended qualifying tax year for each tranche. Therefore you can plan either to use the reliefs in the current tax year or be able to carry them back (should you have the available allowance) to the previous tax year.

What is the limit on SEIS investments?

An investor can take the benefits of SEIS reliefs up to £100,000 per year of investment. However, because of the carry back option that the SEIS scheme provides, an investor can invest £200,000 at once, providing that no SEIS investments were made in the previous year. Additionally, the limit and reliefs are independent for spouses.

What fees apply?

For investors, there is an annual commercial advisory, reporting & accounting fee of 1.5% of the investment made. This is rolled up until the point of some liquidity being generated into the Fund, either from an exit or from dividends. There are various fees for the investee companies to pay – please see details on page 52 of the Information Memorandum.

What is the minimum investment in the Fund?

The minimum investment in the Start-Up Series SEIS Fund One is £10,000. 

Where are my shares held?

Your shares will be held for your beneficial interest in a nominee account by Woodside Corporate Services. No share certificates are issued directly to investors in the Fund. You will receive details of your beneficial holdings and their value in your six-monthly reports.

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