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Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment. Take 2 mins to learn more.

Family OfficeS

Co-Investing with Oxford Capital

Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all the money you invest. This is a high-risk investment.


At Oxford Capital we provide family offices with access to investment opportunities into privately owned companies that would usually only be available to institutional investors. We enable family offices to create their own portfolio of companies, depending on their individual investment strategies, be it with a focus on tax efficiency via EIS, BIR, or proprietary off market opportunities and Secondary deals. We can deal with family offices on an individual investor basis, or alternatively, via a trustee or corporate structure.


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We created the platform 10 years ago to offer investors a new way to invest directly into venture capital and other early-stage opportunities. It enables family offices the opportunity to build their own portfolio of high potential, UK growth and technology companies alongside some of the best known VC firms across the globe. 

We know that making direct investments into small companies can be very high risk, so we aim to reduce that risk through our philosophy of “leveraging expertise”. In contrast to other platforms and networks, when making investment decisions we want investors to benefit from our institutional due diligence and deal sourcing capability; to have the confidence from investing alongside and on the same terms as institutional money; and leverage the weight of institutional capital to improve post-investment reporting and tracking the success of their investments.

A curated set of institutional quality deal-flow (c. 8-10 deals a year)

Institutional investment terms

Ability to vote your own shares

Regular reporting and bi-annual valuations


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Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be high risk.

What are the key risks?

  1. You could lose all the money you invest
    1. If the business you invest in fails, you are likely to lose 100% of the money you invested. Most start-up businesses fail.
  2. You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong
    1. Protection from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), in relation to claims against failed regulated firms, does not cover poor investment performance. Try the FSCS investment protection checker here.
    2. Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA-regulated firm, FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here.
  3. You won’t get your money back quickly
    1. Even if the business you invest in is successful, it may take several years to get your money back. You are unlikely to be able to sell your investment early.
    2. The most likely way to get your money back is if the business is bought by another business or lists its shares on an exchange such as the London Stock Exchange. These events are not common.
    3. If you are investing in a start-up business, you should not expect to get your money back through dividends. Start-up businesses rarely pay these.
  4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
    1. Putting all your money into a single business or type of investment for example, is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on any one to do well.
    2. A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments. https://www.fca.org.uk/investsmart/5-questions-ask-you-invest
  5. The value of your investment can be reduced
    1. The percentage of the business that you own will decrease if the business issues more shares. This could mean that the value of your investment reduces, depending on how much the business grows. Most start-up businesses issue multiple rounds of shares.
    2. These new shares could have additional rights that your shares don’t have, such as the right to receive a fixed dividend, which could further reduce your chances of getting a return on your investment.


If you are interested in learning more about how to protect yourself, visit the FCA’s website here.