DIT SUPPORTING UK HEADQUATERED COMPANIES ACCESS INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS

 

OPEN CALL

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The Department for International Trade supports innovative UK start-ups and scale-ups to secure international investment. If you are seeking investment please use this page to provide us with your information in order for us to support you.


About DIT Growth Capital

The Department for International Trade's Growth Capital Team secures long-term relationships between the UK and Corporate and Venture Capital investors, Family Offices and Private Wealth, attracting their investment into UK opportunities and engagement with the vibrant UK ecosystem. 

We do this by promoting the UK’s world class investment ecosystem, showcasing companies at our sector-specific Showcase events, bespoke roundtables at our Embassies and selective direct discussions and introductions with known investors using our LookBooks.

Our experienced team works directly with over 200 Corporate VCs, over 100 VC funds globally and engage private wealth managers, matching interest and ambition with UK opportunities.  Examples include:

  • A new $100m major US-headquarted healthcare corporate fund seeking to deploy globally that we’ve been developing a relationship with for several years
  • A Japanese VC making strategic investments into AI, IoT and Factory 4.0
  • A UK tech business; sharing details of their B round with over 50 strategic investors, with 17 seeking introductions
  • A HNW owner of a major retail chain, seeking to source and invest into innovative logistic solutions
  • A Latin American investor exploring UK deals and a UK base

These connections grow as we support Ambassadors, Regional Trade Commissioners, Trade Envoys and Embassy staff to explore new relationships. In the past three years the team has supported over £1bn of investment into the UK, making 100's of warm introductions for UK companies and investors.


Criteria: 

We focus on supporting UK companies that have achieved an appropriate level of maturity for the international investors we engage with. This varies by sector and on the following pages we ask you to highlight key proof-points that investors look for.

    Threshold criteria:

    • UK Headquartered and operational
    • Intending to raise over £4m in the next three quarters and able to discuss it
    • Have a compelling pitch for investors outside the UK

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    Guidance

    • Only include non-confidential information. DIT is unable to sign NDAs. DIT will treat all information sensitively and selectively but is unable to control onward transmission by third parties
    • All figures should be given in Pound Sterling (£)
       

    Please ensure your entry presents the opportunity as strongly as you can, mitigating the conventionally perceived risks for investors through (as examples):

    • third party validation e.g. notable customers, duration of contracts, MRR, existing investors, investment to date.
    • strengths in the teams' ability to take the business forward - sector experience, business acumen, scientific prowess.
    • potential of the your solution such as multi-language, climbing the value chain possibly from product in the direction towards service.


    If you would like to discuss, please contact us at growth.capital@trade.gov.uk

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    Name*
    Email Address*
    Company Name*
    Company Website*
    Company Postcode*
    Companies House Registration Number*
    How many full time employees does the business have?*
    Which of these would you classify your business as:*














    If other, please state which sector you would classify your business as:
    How did you hear about us?*

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    1) Summary of the investment sought: Round £Amount, (Amount Left/Headroom), Round/Stage, Indication of Timing Opening/Closing. e.g. ‘£25m, (£10m Secured), Series B, Closing Q4 2020. Required

    a) Round Amount in GBP (£) - Amount Left/Headroom e.g. £25m, (£10m secured)*
    b) Stage e.g. Series B*
    c) Indication of Timing Opening/Closing. e.g. Closing Q4 2020*
    d) Any further useful details on the round such as use of funds. Optional. (50 words)

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    2) Who are your current investors? Required. (20 words)

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    3) Targeting Investors

    a) Are you seeking investors from key geographies e.g. USA, Japan, Middle East, LATAC? Required. (20 words)*
    b) Are you targeting investors from specific sectors or verticals e.g. consumer, luxury, logistics, automotive, gaming, food and drink, energy, SaaS, O&G, materials, semicon? Required. (50 words)*

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    4) Value Statement:
    What the company does and why it stands out, is unique, different, exceptional. Required. (100 words)

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    5) Market Indicators:
    e.g. Opportunity, Problem Solved, Target Sector(s), Size Of The Market. Required. (100 words)

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    6) Market Indicators:
    e.g. Opportunity, Problem Solved, Target Sector(s), Size Of The Market. Required. (100 words)

    a) What was the company's revenue for the last financial year?*
    b) What is the company's revenue forecast for the this financial year?*
    c) What is the company's revenue forecast for the next financial year?
    d) Other traction indicators, including: Notable Clients, Paid Trials, YoY Growth, Downloads. Required. (80 words)*

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    7) Stage Indicators:
    £Total Invested to Date (Including Debt), £Grants, Equity, Patents, Other Validations. Required. (100 words)

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    8) Strength of Team:
    Founders, Team, Board – Previous Companies, Roles, Academic Backgrounds. Required. (100 words)

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    Terms & Conditions.
     

    1. I am authorised to share the information given in this submission.  

    2. All the information provided is true and an accurate representation of the company. 

    3. DIT will treat all information sensitively and share selectively, however I accept that DIT cannot guarantee absolute confidentiality and confidential information has not been submitted.

    4. DIT may store the information provided even if the company is not selected for the LookBook. It will be stored for no longer than is necessary. 

    5. DIT may share and discuss the information submitted with select investors considered to be of potential value to the business.

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