IFS - Maven Equity Finance
Equity finance up to £5 million for ambitious businesses located across Scotland.
About IFS - Maven Equity Finance
IFS - Maven Equity Finance is part of the £150 million Investment Fund for Scotland, one of a series of Nations and Regions Investment Funds launched by the British Business Bank which will deliver a £1.6 billion of new funding to smaller businesses across the UK.
IFS - Maven Equity Finance aims to increase the supply and diversity of early-stage finance for Scottish businesses, investing up to £5 million in ambitious and growth-focused companies located across the whole of Scotland.
Equity funding for ambitious Scottish businesses
Funding available up to £5 million
Equity Finance available for start-ups and established businesses with growth ambitions.
Targeting businesses across the whole of Scotland
Available to smaller companies located in Greater Glasgow, Greater Edinburgh, Aberdeen and North East, Dundee and Tayside, South of Scotland and the Highlands and Islands.
Equity funding to support business growth
Funding packages can be tailored to individual business needs and growth strategy.
Available for ambitious and innovative businesses
Aimed at helping Scottish SMEs to start up, scale up or stay ahead.
Business funding designed for growth
Funding through IFS - Maven Equity Finance can provide the access to capital required help boost productivity, innovation and employment, supporting a wide range of business finance needs including:
Purchasing new machinery
Investing in new products
Hiring a new team
Filling gaps in working capital
IFS geographic focus
The Investment Fund for Scotland covers the whole of Scotland, supporting companies based in:
- Greater Glasgow
- Greater Edinburgh
- Aberdeen and North East
- Dundee and Tayside
- South of Scotland
- The Highlands and Islands
Meet the local team
Our investment executives have the local connections and presence as well as multi sector experience and national reach to help management teams build stronger and more resilient businesses.
Strategic Development Director
Frequently asked questions
What is the Investment Fund for Scotland?
The Investment Fund for Scotland is the second in a series of six new Nations and Regions Investment Funds being launched by the British Business Bank and follows the launch of the South West Investment Fund in July 2023. A total of £1.6 billion has been committed to the new funds to drive sustainable economic growth and break down barriers to access to finance.
The £150 million Investment Fund for Scotland provides a mix of debt and equity finance to support the growth of small and medium-sized businesses across Scotland.
What is IFS Maven Equity Finance?
IFS - Maven Equity Finance is the dedicated equity fund for the Investment Fund for Scotland, which can complete equity investments up to £5 million to help small and medium-sized businesses start up, scale up or stay ahead.
The Fund is managed by Maven Capital Partners, with the aim of supporting Scottish businesses with activities including expansion, product or service innovation, new processes, skills development, and capital equipment.
Who can apply for funding?
Eligible small and medium-sized businesses that are based in Scotland or have significant activity there can apply for funding.
What types of funding are available?
IFS - Maven Equity Finance provides a range of funding options, predominantly via equity investment.
What is the minimum and maximum amount of funding available?
The IFS - Maven Equity Finance Fund can provide investments from £250,000 up to £5 million.
What is the process for applying for funding?
The application process involves submitting an online application form and providing details of your business plan and financial projections. The IFS team will review your application and contact you to discuss your proposal further.
What is the purpose of the Investment Fund for Scotland?
The purpose of the Investment fund for Scotland is to drive sustainable economic growth by supporting innovation and creating local opportunities for new and growing businesses across Scotland. The fund will increase the supply and diversity of early-stage finance for Scotland's smaller businesses, providing funds to firms that might otherwise not receive investment and help to break down barriers in access to finance.
What are the eligibility criteria for funding?
To be eligible for funding, businesses must have material operations, or planning to open material operations, in Scotland (Greater Glasgow, Greater Edinburgh, Aberdeen and North East, Dundee and Tayside, South of Scotland and the Highlands and Islands) and have growth potential. They must also demonstrate a viable business plan and be able to demonstrate how the funding will help them achieve their growth ambitions. The process is selective and the chance of securing an offer from IFS - Maven Equity Finance will depend on the quality of the investment opportunity in question and the quality of other applications received.
Who funds the Investment Fund for Scotland?
The £150m Investment Fund for Scotland is a Nations and Regions Investment Fund financed by the United Kingdom government and administered by the British Business Bank.
Who can I contact for further information?
You can contact the IFS team directly or by emailing email@example.com for further information.