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The Oxford Capital Growth EIS offers investors the opportunity to invest in a portfolio of shares in early-stage UK technology companies that have the potential for rapid value growth and provides exposure to sectors such as fintech, digital health and AI & machine learning.

Our investments are managed by our investment team, who have more than 50 years of Venture Capital experience.

What is an EIS?

The Enterprise Investment Scheme is a government initiative designed to encourage private investment into growing British companies, by offering attractive tax reliefs. 

Before you decide to invest through our EIS investment platform, please view the Key Information Document and download our Information Pack below.

An introduction from Richard Roberts

Director – Private Clients


When you’re investing in an early stage business, you want to make sure the quality of its management and the industry it’s in give it the greatest chance of success. The Oxford Capital investment team invests in sectors where the UK is considered a world leader, like financial technologies, future of retail, mobility, digital health, online marketplaces, artificial intelligence and machine learning.

As EIS providers, we back companies that we believe have the potential to grow rapidly and become very valuable. And often we are backing serial entrepreneurs – people who have already shown that they understand what it takes to build and sell a successful company.

Learn more about our EIS fund strategy here.


The Growth EIS fund has been independently reviewed by Hardman & Co and MICAP to provide expert, independent due diligence.


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IRR - 7 years of strong performance
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Data for 7 years to 5.10.2022 (since inception). Current valuation as at 5.10.22. Multiple shows gross performance and does not include the effect of commissions, fees or other charges. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future results.


We invest in companies operating in industry sectors which lend themselves to rapid growth.




EIS Summary

Enterprise Investment Scheme Summary

Your subscription will be invested into unquoted companies in a series of separate transactions, usually over a period of 12-18 months.


You will typically acquire shares in 8-12 companies.


Please read the tax reliefs and risks information here before downloading our Information Pack.


£25,000 minimum subscription.



Key Information Document

Key Information Document

The Oxford Capital Growth EIS is classified as a ‘Packaged Retail and Insurance-based Investment Product’ or ‘PRIIP’. As such, we are required to produce a Key Information Document (KID), which explains certain aspects of the investment. KIDs are written in a format prescribed by the PRIIPs Regulation, to make it easier for you to compare the Oxford Capital Growth EIS with the KIDs produced for other PRIIPs.



EIS Tax Reliefs

EIS Tax Reliefs

Tax efficient investments such as our EIS fund offer several benefits, including the following:

Income Tax relief equal to 30% of the amount invested into qualifying shares.


No Capital Gains Tax to pay on exit, provided shares held for at least three years.


Capital gains from other assets can be deferred using your EIS investment, and could be eliminated if you hold the EIS on death.


100% Inheritance Tax relief, provided you own the shares for at least two years and still own them on death.





Investing in small companies carries significant risks, and you should not invest in the Growth EIS unless you can afford to lose some or all of your investment.


Shares in unquoted companies are illiquid. This means you cannot withdraw your investment. You will only receive proceeds if the underlying companies are successfully sold. Not all companies will be sold for a profit.


Tax advantages are summarised based on current legislation, depend on your personal circumstances and are subject to change.


Investment should only be made once you have read the full Information Pack, particularly the sections which cover risks and charges.


Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) - FAQs

EIS schemes were created in 1994 to support early-stage companies to grow their businesses. Early-stage investing is high risk, so to make it as attractive as possible to investors, HMRC provides a multitude of tax reliefs for anyone who decides to invest in an EIS qualifying company.

EIS investors benefit from tax reliefs including 30% income tax relief on invested capital, CGT deferral relief, CGT free gains, Inheritance Tax relief via Business Property Relief, and Loss Relief. 

An Investor can source their own deals or invest via a crowdfunding platform. However, most investors leave the sourcing and administration to a fund house that will invest on a discretionary basis, in investee companies across different stages of growth and sector focus.

Each EIS provider has a minimum subscription figure. You can invest up to £1m per tax year into an EIS, and this figure doubles to £2m if the EIS is “Knowledge Intensive”. You can also backdate contributions to the previous tax year, so in effect, the annual maximum is £2m, or £4m for Knowledge Intensive schemes.

EIS shares are unquoted and cannot be sold in the same way as stock market-listed shares. EIS shares can only be sold when the company is sold either by trade sale or management buy-out or when it is listed via IPO (Initial Public Offering).

All gains generated by EIS qualifying shares are exempt from CGT so long as they have been held for the minimum 3-year holding period. This date can be found on page three of the EIS3 certificate, under “Termination Date”

It typically takes 12-18 months to fully deploy an EIS investment, so tax reliefs will not be immediately available. Each relief is based on the shares of each company – not the overall portfolio, so tax relief timings will be staggered. The typical lifecycle of an EIS investment is 5-7 years. There are two key HMRC timings investors need to be aware of: A 3-year minimum holding period to maintain income tax relief and CGT free gains, and a 2-year minimum holding period to qualify for Business Property Relief.

An EIS is a high-risk investment, and investment returns cannot be guaranteed. Each EIS provider gives investors a target return. However, this is only for guidance. Although an EIS can generate returns that are significant multiples on the original investment amount, there is also the risk of total failure. Unlike traditional investments, HMRC offers a degree of downside protection via Loss Relief.

The objective of an EIS is to grow the value of a business, to make it as valuable as possible when the time comes to sell it. This means companies prefer to retain profits rather than pay out to investors. An EIS can pay dividends. However, these will be taxable, which makes it very unlikely for an EIS to pay a dividend.

Early-stage investing via EIS is high risk. Therefore, potential investors need to have the required risk appetite. In addition, they need to consider their capacity for loss (e.g. would a loss affect their standard of living?). Finally, the lack of liquidity needs to be considered. If an investor anticipates requiring access to the invested EIS funds within 5-7 years, then an EIS is likely to be an unsuitable investment.


Our Venture Capital investments are sourced, executed and managed
by our investment team, who have more than 50 years of combined experience.

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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.
  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.