The UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) is committed to nurturing new business arising from the world-class science undertaken in the UK in sectors such as biotechnology, synthetic biology, engineering, agriculture, computer science and environmental technology. Providing long-term, patient capital, the fund has helped build innovative businesses, leverage private investment and grow jobs. Beyond seed funding, UKI2S provides strategic advice and support to companies in their early stages.
UKI2S has a substantial track record. The fund has a portfolio of 57 companies, created with just £15m of capital. Between them, and with the support of UKI2S, these companies have attracted over £500m of later stage investment and have a combined market value of over £750m. Read our recent report for more information on the economic impact of UKI2S.
UKI2S works closely with our partners – led by STFC, BBSRC and NERC, which are all part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Dstl – and is aligned with the Catapult Network and Innovate UK to create the best environment for innovation to flourish and, in turn, boost the UK’s competitiveness and productivity by commercialising key technological advances.
The fund manager for UKI2S, Midven, part of Future Planet Capital, is a proud signatory to the Investing in Women Code, and commits to adopting internal practices that aim to improve female entrepreneurs’ access to the tools, resources and finance they need to grow their businesses.