The QMUL Enterprise Investment Fund offers alumni and other investors the opportunity to invest in the development of scientific, technological and creative innovations from Queen Mary University of London in a tax-efficient manner. The Fund will provide early-stage seed capital (or in exceptional cases, some follow-on funding) to new academic and student enterprises as they spin out of the University, and potentially also to established University-related companies, in order to drive the early stages of commercial product development.
QMUL Enterprise Investment Fund
The University has a track record of creating successful spin-out companies from its research base and student population. Some of these companies have not only had a financial impact, producing investment returns that can be reinvested in supporting research, but also have a strong societal impact, enabling new technologies and innovations to be progressed to a level where they can be of benefit to the wider public. Sharing and disseminating knowledge gained from research activities is now a key requirement for research-intensive universities.
Queen Mary Innovation Limited is the University’s research commercialisation company. QMI has an active programme of identifying and developing new technologies and innovations that can be spun-out. The University makes significant annual investment in internal funding schemes to develop commercial projects, but there often remains a lack of available funding to take commercial opportunities to the next stage, where they might be attractive to external investors or licensors. The aim of the Fund is to bridge that gap by providing initial seed funding to spin-out companies to allow them to demonstrate the commercial applicability of the product or service, and to drive the commercial value of the spin-outs, enabling them to access more substantial funding. All of the investment opportunities considered by the Fund will be sourced by QMI.
The Fund will be managed by FCA-regulated Javelin Ventures Limited, which has a long history of collaboration with the University.
Javelin will seek to invest under conditions providing the significant tax reliefs for individual Investors offered by the SEIS and/or EIS schemes.
The Fund intends to invest in early-stage companies with high-growth prospects and investments are expected to reflect the University’s broad and diverse research and enterprise activities. While investments at this stage are very high risk, they will be helped by the support and assistance provided by QMI and Javelin. Individual Investors will also be encouraged, if they wish, to become directly involved in the development of new enterprises e.g. as directors/business mentors, or though providing business support and introductions.
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