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DIT Supporting UK Headquartered Companies Access International Investors - Open Call

Published on 01/06/2021
DIT  Supporting UK Headquartered Companies Access International Investors - Open Call

The Department for International Trade supports innovative UK start-ups and scale-ups to secure international investment. If you are seeking investment please view the following article and provide DIT with your information in order for them 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 you need to have:

  1. UK Headquarters and operations
  2. An existing UK institional investor e.g. VC
  3. A raise over £4m in the next three quarters
  4. A compelling investment proposition for non-UK investors
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