How we invest

The Enterprise Capital Funds (ECF) programme combines private and public money to make equity investments into high growth businesses. We look to increase the supply of equity to UK growth companies and to lower the barriers to entry for fund managers looking to operate in the VC market.

The British Business Bank invests alongside venture capital funds on terms which improve the outcome for private investors when those funds are successful.

We do this to encourage venture capital funds to operate in a part of the market where smaller businesses are not able to access the growth capital they need.

Enterprise Capital Funds are managed by experienced fund managers from a variety of backgrounds including teams from the venture capital industry, as well as serial entrepreneurs with a successful history of building early stage UK companies.

We operate a rolling investment programme for commitments to new Enterprise Capital Funds.

Top five sectors currently supported by ECFs

  • SaaS

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Industrials

  • E-commerce

  • Healthcare

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