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The boom in the Oxford cluster

With our base at the heart of Oxford, between the Engineering Department and the new Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, we are privileged to operate in one of the great knowledge clusters of the world. The University of Oxford has been ranked the #1 research …

Why Oxford Capital Invested in HealthKey 

In our recent #backingfounders interview, David Jørring, co-founder of HealthKey, shares insights into the innovative digital health company that aims to simplify and enhance access to healthcare.   HealthKey is described as a “digital front door” focused on preventive and proactive health, specifically designed for employers …

Oxford Capital Nominated for Best EIS Investment Manager at EISA Awards 2024 

We are pleased to announce that Oxford Capital has been nominated for the prestigious Best EIS Investment Manager award at the upcoming EISA Awards 2024. This nomination is a testament to our dedication to providing exceptional investment opportunities and our commitment to excellence in the …

Strategies for Generating Liquidity in Today’s Venture Capital Market

The liquidity challenge…  In private markets, liquidity is the ultimate test and the main mechanism for returning capital to investors. According to Bain & Company, there are $3.2 trillion worth of unsold assets that are blocking returns of capital to investors due to a lack …

Oxford Capital Invests in Noggin HQ to Revolutionise Credit Access for Young People 

Press Release  Oxford Capital Invests in Noggin HQ to Revolutionise Credit Access for Young People  London, UK – Oxford Capital is excited to announce its recent investment in Noggin HQ, the pioneering fintech startup dedicated to transforming the credit system.   Founded by Eva Atkinson …

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Hometree’s Expansion to Revolutionise UK Home Energy

James Stothard At Oxford Capital, we are proud to back UK start-ups that can make an impact on their sector and the environment.  Today, we are proud to spotlight a significant milestone achieved by Hometree, a cornerstone of our portfolio, which exemplifies our commitment to …

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Success isn’t seasonal, five reasons why investors should redefine their investment timelines

Mark Bower-Easton The 2023-24 tax year is over, and a new tax year has begun. For many, tax efficient investments such as EIS will not be a focus again until January to March 2025. However, success isn’t seasonal. Here are five reasons why investors should …

The UK is the home of VC in Europe

David Mott For 25 years, we have been backing founders in the UK. We are proud of this record. Over 100 companies grown, thousands of jobs created, £millions of exports generated and £billions of value created for shareholders.   We are often asked about our geographic …

AI – a paradigm shift for start-ups, and investors

David Mott Every decade or so, a new profound technology changes the landscape for start-ups and investors. AI offers new opportunities.  The capital cost of creating start-ups was transformed with the introduction of cloud computing technologies by Google and Amazon Web Services. When we founded …

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EIS Income Tax Relief: What does it entail?

Embarking on an investment journey can be both thrilling and complex, especially when delving into the intricacies of the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). Beyond the technical jargon lies a valuable opportunity for investors to not only support early-stage UK companies but also benefit from substantial …

Managing your energy not your time is key to startup success

It’s 4pm on a Friday, and you’re racing against the clock to complete a crucial report for the board of directors. In the high-pressure world of startups, where long nights are the norm and time always seems in short supply, the traditional wisdom of time …

10 lessons we learned from co-investing in over 100 start-ups

Our long experience of investing points to the fact that Venture Capital is a team sport and building a VC syndicate is like assembling a sports team. You need members to have complimentary skills, talent and chemistry to become champions. A key feature of our …

Scan.com announces multiple partnerships

Scan.com has announced a series of partnerships to ensure more people can access the diagnostic imaging they need. They have partnered with the AA to provide accessible diagnostic imaging to their 7000 UK employees. In addition they have announced partnerships with YuLife, the tech-driven insurance …

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EISA Awards shortlist

We were delighted to be shortlisted for several Enterprise Investment Scheme Association awards – the EISA Impact Award for our work with Oxford BioTherapeutics, a clinical stage oncology company focused on helping more people successfully beat cancer. Congratulations also to Scan.com – shortlisted for Best …

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Red Sift expands into Spain with new engineering centre

Red Sift has unveiled a new engineering centre in Barcelona, Spain marketing a new milestone in their commitment to global expansion, innovation and diversification. “Today’s investment and expansion into Spain further enables Red Sift to deliver stronger products across our platform, while providing our customers …

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Wrisk announces funding round and new partnership

Wrisk, the B2B2C insurtech provider has announced that Flow Capital, has closed an investment into the business. Flow’s investment will help Wrisk accelerate its commercial activities, continue its growth in the UK and European markets, and expand globally. In addition, Wrisk has partnered with Mobilize …

Bower Collective raises over £800k in crowdfunding round

Congratulations to portfolio company Bower Collective for raising over £800k in its crowdfunding round – the sustainable home and personal care business will use the funds to accelerate its growth into retail and support its mission to eliminate plastic waste We originally backed founders Nick …

Scan.com raises $12m Series A to increase access to life-saving imaging diagnostics

London, 17/04/2023, 00:01am: London and Atlanta-based diagnostic imaging platform Scan.com has raised a $12 million Series A round co-led by Aviva Ventures, YZR Capital, Oxford Capital, Triple Point Ventures and Simplyhealth Ventures, with participation from Forefront Venture Partners. The business will use the funding to …

Hometree closes $46m equity raise and acquires green home improvement financing platform

London, 12 April, 2023  Hometree Group, the residential energy services challenger brand, has closed a $46m oversubscribed Series B funding round, led by specialist energy & sustainability investors 2150 & Energy Impact Partners, alongside financial services giant Legal & General Capital.  Hometree has seen over …

Why Removing the Pension Lifetime Allowance Isn’t All it is Cracked Up to Be

Sarah Wakefield, Business Development Manager, Oxford Capital   The pension lifetime allowance was a cap placed on the amount held within a client’s pension and for those who reached and breached this limit the financial penalties were substantial. Prior to the budget there had been speculation …

HelloSelf Raises €18.6m in Latest Fundraising Round

Congratulations to Charles Wells and the team at HelloSelf for raising almost €20 million in a series B round. This fundraise will help to accelerate HelloSelf’s mission to improve access to therapy and coaching through the use of personalised and AI-powered digital therapy. We participated …

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Legislate raises $3.6M to further simplify contract creation and management for startups & SMEs 

Legislate is focused on revolutionising contract management for businesses and landlords, using its patented knowledge graph technology.  London-based Legislate recently announced it has added $3.6M in funding in a round led by Parkwalk Advisors, with participation from Oxford Capital and several high-profile angel investors. Legislate, …

The Impact of the SVB Crisis on Early-Stage Companies 

In the heat of the moment  The recent collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) sent shock waves around the world and in particular the start-up ecosystem.  While the UK Government was quick to orchestrate the takeover of the UK arm by HSBC, the contagion spread …

EIS & VCTs – how do they differ, and which one is right for your portfolio? 

On the face of it, EIS (Enterprise Investment Scheme) and VCTs (Venture Capital Trusts) look to be similar opportunities. Both are high risk investments, investing in early-stage unquoted businesses, while providing investors with some attractive tax benefits that offer a tax efficient alternative to annual …