UKTI Venture Capital Unit

UKTI’s Venture Capital Unit (VCU) was established in June 2012 as a result of the Government’s strategy, Britain Open for Business, and aims to link high growth and innovative SMEs with overseas sources of early stage equity investment. Currently, the demand for funding from high-growth and innovative UK companies outstrips supply. The VCU is tasked with addressing this funding gap through overseas capital sources.

The VCU comprises a group of private sector individuals, supported by a small team of civil servants. The unit is currently focussed on developing relationships with key overseas investor networks and the high growth and innovative UK SME community, across the life science, technology and clean technology sectors.

The VCU’s strategy is based on the principle that the UK has created, and is in the process of creating more, world-beating companies, and recently a number of key trends are making it an even better place to build exceptional businesses.  However, this is not fully appreciated in key international markets, nor is the UK’s status as the key European centre for innovation and venture capital.  Hence, the VCU aims to change these perceptions and facilitate the inflow of investment into both SMEs and the market as a whole.

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UK Trade & Investment

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