Over the last decade, Manchester has become the next ‘hot spot' for London investors considering their alternatives to the capital. The northern city has quickly become a leading British technology hub — and not without reason. With the Northern Powerhouse consortium's aim to invest £13 billion into UK enterprises, it's no wonder that the region is on track for economic growth.
This article is part of a series where we present you the best Venture Capital firms across different cities and countries. Here you can view the ranking for London.
Top Venture Capital Firms in Manchester
1. Praetura Ventures
Praetura have been supporting SMEs since 2011, raising capital and investing in the early stages of business life cycles.
We have a strong track record in past performance and have developed a reputation for being a supportive and proactive investor who injects more than just capital. We can evidence the value from our differentiated approach bothfrom investment returns and testament from our portfolio companies.
Our partnered entrepreneurs embrace the shoulder to shoulder Praetura approach and utilise our experience and resource to maximise their businesses’ potential.
Total fund size: $151.4M
Praetura Ventures's most notable exits include PIB Insurance, Inc. Travel Group., and Inspired Energy.
2. Acceleris Capital
Acceleris Capital arrange new capital for SMEs and have direct investment in several technology based companies. They serve funding, investment and advisory needs from their office in central Manchester. Their USP is taking companies from startup through to exit, not only adding comfort to their introduced investors, but also providing ongoing mentoring and support at the most crucial time of an SMEs lifecycle.
Acceleris Capital's most notable exits include ADC Biotechnology, Evgen Pharma, and EveryCloud Technologies.
3. DSW Ventures
DSW Ventures made its first investment in 2018 and is an investor in early-stage scale-up businesses requiring venture funding of more than £250,000, primarily on an EIS basis. It is funded by a growing network of high-net-worth angel investors. DSW Ventures is the trading style of DSW Angels LLP, which is part of the Dow Schofield Watts Group. DSW Ventures is a partner in British Business Investments’ £100m Regional Angels Programme, designed to help reduce regional imbalances in access to early stage equity finance for small businesses across the UK.
4. Manchester Venture Partners
Investing in the best of UK tech alongside some of Europe's most notable VC funds.