Information for investors

Open for applications until the end of September 2020

The Future Fund provides convertible loans to UK-based companies ranging from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

The minimum aggregate loan amount is £250,000. The maximum amount of the Government matched loan is £5 million. There is no cap on the amount that the matched investors may loan to the company.

This page provides information relevant to investors on how to apply for the Future Fund, who is eligible and what information will be needed to complete an application.

Please read our Future Fund FAQs for investors

How to apply

Create account

  • The investor, or lead investor of a group of investors, creates an account on the website to be able to sign in and make applications.

Create an account

Check eligibility

  • The investor, or lead investor of a group of investors, provides information regarding the investment and confirms their eligibility.

Submit application

  • The investor, or lead investor of a group of investors, submits their applications in connection to an eligible company, and the company (statutory director or the company secretary) then confirms it is happy for the application to be submitted.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for the scheme, each of the investor(s) and the company must meet specific criteria.

The investor  must fall within any of the following categories:

  • An “investment professional” within the meaning given to that term in article 19 of the FPO
  • A high net worth company, unincorporated associated or high-value trust falling within article 49(2) of the FPO
  • A “certified sophisticated investor” or a “self-certified sophisticated investor” within the meaning given in articles 50 and 50A respectively of the FPO
  • A “certified high net worth individual” within the meaning of article 48 of the FPO
  • An equivalent professional, high-net worth, institutional or sophisticated investor in accordance with applicable law and regulation in such investor’s home jurisdiction
  • An association of high net-worth or sophisticated investors within the meaning of article 51 of the FPO
  • Capable of being classified as a “professional client” within the meaning given in the glossary to the FCA Rules

Note that all other investors must fall within one of the above categories in order for them to be eligible to invest in the convertible loan agreement. It is the responsibility of other investors to ensure they are eligible.

“FCA Rules” means the FCA’s handbook of rules and guidance
“FPO” means the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005

To be eligible for the scheme, the company must meet the following criteria:

  1. The company must have raised at least £250,000 in equity from third-party investors in previous funding rounds in the last five years (from 1 April 2015 to 19 April 2020, inclusive)
  2. If the company is a member of a corporate group, it must be the ultimate parent company
  3. The company does not have any of its shares or other securities listed on a regulated market, a multilateral trading facility, a recognised investment exchange and/or any other similar market, stock exchange or listing venue
  4. The company must be a UK incorporated limited company or be eligible to apply as a non-UK parent company (see specific eligibility criteria in the FAQs for non-UK parent companies)
  5. The company must have been incorporated on or before 31 December 2019 (or if you are a non-UK jurisdiction company, this criterion applies only to at least one UK subsidiary operating company)
  6. At least one of the following must be true for the company (if you are a non-UK jurisdiction company, this criterion applies to your group):
  • Half or more employees are UK based
  • Half or more revenues are from UK sales

If you are applying as a non-UK jurisdiction parent company, the company must also meet the following criteria:

  1. The company must have participated in an Accelerator Programme, on or before 19 April 2020, and participation in the Accelerator mandated incorporation of the ultimate parent company in a non-UK jurisdiction (see Accelerator Programme definition in the FAQs for non-UK parent companies )
  2. The company must have received investment from the Accelerator Programme on or before 19 April 2020
  3. The company must be the ultimate parent company of a group which contains at least one subsidiary operating company incorporated in the UK on or before 31 December 2019
  4. If the Group (or any entity within the Group) was in existence before the Company was incorporated, the ultimate parent company of the Group (or the sole entity, if applicable) must have been incorporated in the UK

Please note that for non-UK companies, to protect the use of public funds, all applications will be assessed against UK Government investment standards on specific jurisdictions by reference to factors such as sanctions, tax transparency, and the cost and complexity of implementation. The UK Government will also take into account concerns around the proper use of public finances and wider public policy risks, as well as whether investment would undermine the integrity or public credibility of the Future Fund. Once we have assessed the eligibility of the non-UK company and the compatibility of its jurisdiction of incorporation and corporate form with the scheme, we will be in touch.

Investors and companies should note that the proceeds of the convertible loan agreement must not be used by the company to:

  • Repay any borrowings from a shareholder or a shareholder related party (other than the repayment of any borrowings pursuant to any bank or venture debt facilities)
  • Pay any dividends or other distributions;
  • For a period of twelve months from the date of the relevant convertible loan agreement, make any bonus or other discretionary payment to any employee, consultant or director of the company other than as contracted prior to the date hereof and as paid by the Company in the ordinary course of business; or
  • Pay any advisory or placement fees or bonuses to any corporate finance entity or investment bank or similar service provider on monies advanced by the Future Fund.

Information investors will need to apply

  1. Applicant’s personal information –  information on the individual completing the application, including an upload of the individual’s photo identification (passport, driving licence or identity card)
  2. Investor’s details – information on the investor making the match funding application
  3. Other investors’ details – information on all other investors who will be making up the match funding (only required for investors applying as a group)
  4. Investment information – the full amount of proposed funding
  5. Company information and contact details – information on the company receiving the loan and contact details of a statutory director or the company secretary

Data and documents provided will be used for KYC / AML and general fraud checks as part of the full application.

If providing information about other investors, data and documents provided by the lead investor relating to other investors may be used for PEP and Sanctions screening.

Before completing an application, please ensure that all those on whom you will provide personal data as part of the application process, (i.e. other investors, company statutory director or company secretary) have consented to you doing so, and that they are aware that it may be used for PEP and Sanctions screening and that they may be contacted by us, using the information you provide in order to progress the application.

Participating investors are advised to take independent legal advice in order to understand the full implications of participating in the Future Fund.

A director of the company will also be asked to provide a signed confirmation concerning certain facts about the company’s issued share capital and that it has the appropriate authorisations, waivers and approvals in place, to fulfill its obligations in respect of the convertible loan agreements, including its ability to issue equity on conversion. The director and the company may wish to take legal advice about this confirmation.

Note that there may be tax implications for investors using this scheme, and so applicants should take appropriate financial advice.

Access to investment

Tracking diversity and inclusion

The application form asks a number of questions on diversity and inclusion to help us monitor the diversity of the portfolio of loans backed by the Future Fund scheme.

Investing in Women Code

The Future Fund is a signatory to HM Treasury’s Investing in Women Code. We encourage Angel Syndicates, Venture Capital firms and Banks to also sign the code here.

Right to change application process and eligibility and allocation criteria

The Future Fund retains its right to alter the application process, eligibility criteria and allocation criteria at any time, with details of any such changes posted on this website.

Information we capture

As part of the application process, we will collect information about the investors, the companies and companies’ nominated solicitors. We will also collect some personal information about key individuals. We will use the information we collect to monitor the allocation of funds by the Future Fund and ensure that funds are allocated to eligible companies. We reserve the right to share all data for research purposes with other Government departments and agencies acting on our behalf. Data and documents provided will be used for KYC / AML and general fraud checks as part of the full application.

See our privacy notice for further details on how we look after and use your personal data.