Greenwood Way Capital is a network of 100+ individuals and family offices which invest in early stage UK companies with disruptive technology. We seek out companies which are managed by commercially minded entrepreneurs and usually qualifying for EIS status. GWC members have invested over £21m in 25 portfolio names and we were short listed for the UKBAA's syndicate of 2017 and 2018 awards.
We believe our method of filtering investment opportunities is optimal for this sector and gives our members the opportunity to invest in some of the UK's most innovative early stage companies. The network the the follow attributes :
We are not crowd funders nor are we a corporate finance boutique.
The UK has some of the best universities in the world, developing some of the best intellectual property. A distinct lack of appropriate capital is the main reason for the poor record of converting these great ideas into long-term commercial success. The lack of simple equity capital has created a compelling opportunity. The demand for capital from early-stage technology companies is high, but the supply of it is very low. The returns on capital that is deployed, therefore, are potentially very high. In other words, the reward for success is extremely attractive.
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
Finding the few opportunities with truly disruptive technology and commercial management capable of delivering the above returns is the difficult part. Crowdfunding does little to distinguish and separate high quality opportunities. Corporate finance boutiques are frequently limited with respect to due diligence capabilities and don't usually invest in their deals or have ongoing board representation. Lastly there are the costs to consider as many charge joining and performance fees.
With our method of filtering and selecting deals, GWC endeavours to navigate between the pitfalls mentioned above. Ruskin methodology to applied to early stage opportunities! We will never be large or automated but prefer to focus on hand picked opportunities. The access to the deal flow from the UKs smartest syndicates give our members the opportunity to co-invest alongside investors active on a full time basis with many more years’ experience. We do charge companies we invest in an introduction fee. However, there are no joining, management or performance fees for investors even though our members benefit from the experience of 100's of years of co-investor experience. Our members will always invest in their own name and make their own decisions as we do not give any investment advice.