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SFC Capital

SEIS investments in innovative businesses

Investing today in the innovations of tomorrow.

01About us

SFC is the UK's most active early-stage investment firm, with over 350 investments made in British start-ups since 2012. By combining our award-winning SEIS and EIS Funds with an active angel network, SFC has created a unique model that allows investors to get exposure to SEIS and EIS eligible businesses, either directly or through a managed portfolio. For entrepreneurs, SFC is the ideal partner who will accompany you from your first SEIS funding round through to a successful exit.

02In the press

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SFC Capital's COO Angelika Burawska discusses diversity and inclusion in venture capital, and access to funding for female and BAME founders on Al Jazeera.
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03Our philosophy

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We are a ‘people business’ and look to build long-term relationships with entrepreneurs and investors. We invest at a very early stage (SEIS) in teams that combine expertise with the right entrepreneurial mindset to build successful companies that will deliver significant returns to investors and a positive impact to the world. Diversity is at the core of our strategy and we invest in high-potential founders coming from a diversity of backgrounds. SFC is a signatory to the HM Treasury’s “Investing In Women Code” and we are committed to support the advancement of all forms of entrepreneurship in the UK.

04We invested in

Cognism Case Study

Cognism is a machine-learning platform for the real time curation of content and leads, turning news and social change into actionable sales opportunities. Formed in 2015 by lead entrepreneurs James Isilay and Stjepan Buljat, the company helps accelerate sales and recruitment leads. The team put in place an end-to- end sales-acceleration solution that provides sales organisations with a more efficient way to prospect. Since its inception, Cognism has closed multiple funding rounds and shown exceptional growth for its young age.

Transcend Packaging Case Study

With increasing pressure from consumers and governments to tackle plastic pollution and, more specifically, single-use plastics in packaging, the world is in need of eco-friendly innovators. In 2017, the team behind Transcend Packaging embarked on an ambitious mission to provide sustainable packaging solutions to customers in the food and beverage, confectionary, and health and beauty industries. The company has vowed to make that change through innovation and a commitment toward packaging products in an environmentally responsible manner, which has already attracted the attention of fast food giant McDonald’s amongst others.

Onfido Case Study

Onfido is an AI driven background check company founded by three Oxford University graduates in 2012. While still in pre-product, pre-revenue stage, the team raised over £100,000 of funding from SFC’s Angel Network. Since then, the company has grown to have over a hundred employees, set its presence in the United States, and reached an annual turnover of £5M. With accounts such as Uber and airBnB, Onfido has quickly built its dominating position on the market and secured over £50M in funding, multiplying its original valuation by over 80 times.

05Fund investment opportunities

Investing through a fund allows investors to diversify their portfolio and mitigate some of the risks associated with early-stage businesses. SFC operates the most active SEIS fund in the UK, which has made over 300 investments to date. Investors get exposure to a portfolio of high-potential innovative companies and receive full SEIS and EIS tax relief on their investment (subject to individual circumstances). Investors should note that investment in early-stage companies, even where diversified within a fund, carries a higher risk than more established companies.


Invest under SEIS in high potential start-ups.
Raising £50m SEIS
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SFC Angel Fund XI EIS

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Raising £20m EIS

07Our ESG commitment

We are devoted to providing sustainable value to our clients and community. This goes far beyond us looking for entrepreneurial teams that will develop successful businesses and deliver significant returns to our investors – we also want our portfolio to make a positive impact on the world. We recognise our responsibility to facilitate a resilient and diverse entrepreneurial network, and aspire to be an industry leader in how we incorporate ESG into our investment research and management, our sustainable growth solutions, and the operations of our own business.

08Blog & News

SFC Capital leads round into green tech Harvst


SFC Capital leads round into green tech Harvst

The Treasury has confirmed the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) extensions will go ahead as planned in April 2023


Autumn Statement: Increased SEIS limits confirmed

GrandNanny raises £400k in pre-seed round


GrandNanny raises £400k in pre-seed round

Smart Kiwi closes £250k pre-seed round led by SFC Capital


Smart Kiwi closes £250k pre-seed round led by SFC


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