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If you are in the early stages of building a business chances are the major banks aren't in a hurry to lend you money. This collection of the premier Business Angel and Venture Capital sites could provide you with a funding alternative.

 
 
 
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Index Ventures

A leading venture capital fund with offices in London, San Francisco, Geneva and Jersey, they invest in a broad range of businesses are various stages. With 140 companies now under their wing, collectively employing over 25,000 people worldwide, they want to hear from entrepreneurs who consider their company to be a potential Fortune 500 stock of the future. View Site »

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Balderton Capital

With funds totalling $2.3 billion either already invested or waiting to be invested, Balderton Capital is a major player in the VC market. They invest anywhere between $100,000 and $20 million from their head office in central London, but look for companies in large markets with a view to going global with the business. You can submit your business plan or idea to them through their website. View Site »

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JamJar Investments

Created by the founders of Innocent Drinks, this fairly new operation looks for investments in businesses that target consumers. They will not only provide the much needed capital, but will help make your venture a success by advising on the best ways to grow and introducing you to helpful contacts along the way. View Site »

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EC1 Capital

If you have a business or early stage idea that revolves around the web or a mobile application, EC1 Capital could be an ideal funding partner for you. They specialise in the digital industry and have a strong track record. You can ask for as little as £50,000 in investment and can even go in and pitch to them during one of their open office events. View Site »

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Scottish Equity Partners

Based in Glasgow and London, this VC firm look to invest in companies offering innovation and high growth potential, primarily in the energy, healthcare and technology sectors. They typically choose businesses that are close to making a profit, have a product or service that is proven, and that target a suitably large market. They also have an early stage fund for companies who are just finding their feet. View Site »

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Angel CoFund

Investing across an array of industries and verticals, this £100 million fund will put anywhere from £100,000 to £1 million into companies that show true potential. With a portfolio that includes healthcare businesses, financial services organisations, and FMCG brands, they have the experience and expertise to help any business to success. View Site »

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Pro Founders Capital

Specialising in growing ventures in the digital media and technology sector, this is a fund that is powered by current entrepreneurs who operate within this space. With the founders of well known brands such as lastminute.com and Toptable among the investment partners, there is deep and solid foundation on which entrepreneurs can take their businesses to the next level. View Site »

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Bridges Ventures

This venture capital company work within the social and environmental sectors where each investment made is in a company who are attempting to address some of the biggest issues facing society today. They typically invest in more established businesses that already have strong revenues, but who wish to expand further and need capital to do so. View Site »

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Pentech Ventures

Based out of offices in Edinburgh, this fund specialises in helping technology companies achieve rapid growth through investments of between £500,000 and £4 million. They are seeking new opportunities in the internet, social media, mobile and software sectors amongst others. View Site »

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Oxford Investment Opportunity Network

This is not only a venture capital fund in its own right, but it is a platform that enables connections to be made between entrepreneurs and individual business angels. Investments start at around the £150,000 mark and span the vast majority of business sectors, so if you are struggling to find suitable capital elsewhere, consider seeking it out here. View Site »

 
 
 

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