Loans & Equity
Businesses in Edinburgh can access multiple sources of loans and equity.
Multiple banks catering to business clients have operations in Edinburgh, along with the Business Growth Fund, a national evergreen investment fund specialising in high-growth companies.
Edinburgh is home to multiple venture capital firms. Among these are Old College Capital (the co-investment fund of the University of Edinburgh, which has invested £10 million in early-stage companies associated with the University, leveraging in a further £30 million of investment); Par Equity (which specialises in investing in disruptive technology companies); Pentech (which invests exclusively in software companies, having supported the creation of over 1,700 jobs); and Scottish Equity Partners (which makes investments of up to £25 million in high growth technology firms).
Edinburgh has a strong community of “angel” investors, high-net worth individuals who invest in businesses. Many of these are members of Archangels, a syndicate of over 50 private investors that invests over £15 million in early-stage companies in Scotland annually, with a focus on technology and life sciences companies. Another consortium active in Edinburgh is Investing Women, a syndicate of female angel investors