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Bethnal Green Ventures

What they do

At Bethnal Green Ventures (BGV) its mission is to invest in and scale tech for good companies that will significantly improve millions of lives, and deliver great returns for investors.

BGV invests at the early stages of a company’s development from startup to seed stage. The company is well known for its accelerator programme where it selects a cohort of startup companies and provides them with an intensive 12-week programme of advice and support, to rapidly develop, test and launch their business.

The Tech For Good Fund

The Fund aims to provide investors with access to a large number of high potential early stage tech for good companies. With its long track record and large community, BGV is uniquely placed in the tech for good field to access these deals, and so to give investors diversification and good quality opportunities as is appropriate when investing in early stage companies.

Investment objectives

BGV will select investments that it believes have the potential to achieve each of the Fund’s objectives:

Impact: To have a positive impact on people, in the fields of healthcare, education, environmental sustainability and civic engagement

Scale: To achieve that impact at scale, directly benefiting millions of people

Capital growth: To deliver long term capital growth for investors

Portfolio strategy and diversification

The Fund will aim to invest in 20+ companies (a minimum of 10) providing a well-diversified portfolio.

Investments will be made across accelerator, pre-seed and seed stages, sourced through new applications to BGV’s accelerator and also from high potential companies within BGV’s existing portfolio.

At least 75% of the investment in the portfolio will aim to be eligible for SEIS relief with the remaining investments aiming to be eligible for EIS relief.

How companies are selected

 

The detailed investment criteria BGV uses is set out in Appendix 3 of the offer document. In summary,BGV seeks investments which:

• Have the potential to achieve BGV's investment objectives
• Pursue a social or environmental mission through innovative use of
technology
• Operate with a high standard of integrity and business ethics
• Aim to generate substantial revenues and profits from their activities
over time

Over our six years of experience investing in tech for good BGV have identified critical success factors that we screen investments for, including:

• Skills and commitment of the management team
• Deep understanding of the social or environmental problem and market insight
• A user centred design approach, based on learning and iteration
• The innovation of the product or service, and its potential to add significant value to users and customers at a large scale
• Differentiation and defensibility in light of competition

BGV will not invest in:

• Industries or companies serving defence or armed conflict markets
• Industries or companies known to cause damage to human health
• Industries or companies known to cause environmental damage
• Industries or companies we consider to be exploitative of workers

 

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