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Scottish Equity Partners

Finance and Risk Capital

Impact for scaleups

19

UK companies backed

32%

Follow-on investments

58%

Investments outside of London

16

Growth-stage investments

Key sectors

Technology & Communications

Scottish Equity Partners (SEP) is a late stage venture and growth equity investor focused on technology and technology-enabled companies based in the UK and Ireland, and selectively in other parts of Europe. It has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Over the last 20 years it has invested in 160 companies.

The firm invests between £5m to £25m but also funds larger deals, co-investing with others, including its own fund investors. Between the period of January 2014 to June 2021, the firm has participated in 28 fundraisings for 19 scaling businesses, investing a total of £​​163m with an average fundraising size of £6.8m.

SEP plays an active and supportive role in the growth and development of its portfolio companies. It has a strong track record in supporting its portfolio companies with talent acquisition, building leadership capability, and assisting international growth.

The firm has previously backed – and exited from – notable scaleups such as Skyscanner, Sport Pursuit and Dotmatics. Scaleups in its current portfolio include LoveCrafts, Basis Technologies and Totally Money.

The firm, which is a signatory to the Women in Finance Charter, has a 38% female representation in its senior management positions. It provides financial support to the Strathclyde Entrepreneurs Fund, which provides early stage investment in companies and ventures run by University of Strathclyde staff, students and alumni.

                       

Scottish Equity Partners website