Santander Growth Capital Breakthrough
Provides growth-stage capital through a mezzanine loan offer with a range of additional support including an online network of founders and business leaders, regional peer group roundtables, events and access to commercial contacts and market knowledge for companies looking to export. Has a track record on investing in scaleup female founders or co-founders.
Santander Breakthrough Growth Capital provides growth-stage capital through a mezzanine loan offer, typically between £500,000 to £5m, which can work alongside additional senior debt facilities. The funding, which targets companies that are growing at scaleup rates, has participated in 22 fundraisings totalling £76.4m. It is a national fund; five of the 22 investments have been into London-based companies.
A range of additional support is offered by the Breakthrough programme. This includes expertise to companies that are expanding internationally, providing commercial contacts and market knowledge to companies looking to export or open offices abroad. Businesses are connected with an online network of founders and business leaders, and regional peer group roundtables are also organised. The programme also runs a number of ‘Access the Buyer’ events, leadership masterclasses, a series of network and mentoring events focused on female business leaders, and support for internships.
The Growth Capital Fund has provided follow-on finance for three of the 19 unique companies it has backed since 2011. It is one of the growth capital vehicles showing a track record on investing in scaleup female founders.
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