There are numerous funding organisations throughout Cambridgeshire who offer different levels of funding and support to different types of businesses.

As well as funding organisations there are networks that also provide funding for business opportunities.

The majority of funding through these organisations is for businesses in technology based sectors. 

Investors

3i

  • Fund(s) size: £7bn (Globally)
  • Investment range: £1m-£50m
  • Investment areas: All business sectors

Amadeus Capital Partners

  • Fund(s) size: £288m
  • Investment range: £1m-£20m
  • Investment areas: Invests in new technologies in the UK and continental Europe
  • Fund(s) size: £64m
  • Investment range: £25k-£4.3m
  • Investment areas: Biotechnology ventures

Create Partners

(East of England Regional Venture Capital Fund)

  • Fund(s) size: £20m
  • Investment range: £100k-£2m
  • Investment areas: High-growth potential companies in the East of England

ET Capital

  • Fund(s) size: £13m
  • Investment range: £20k-£750k
  • Investment areas: High-growth companies exploiting innovative application of technology

IQ Capital

  • Fund(s) size: £35m
  • Investment range: £100k-£3m
  • Investment areas: Seed, early stage and expansion funding for technology ventures

DFJ Esprit

  • Fund(s) size: £49m
  • Investment range: £10k-£5m
  • Investment areas: High-growth technology-based businesses

TTP Venture Managers

  • Fund(s) size: £35m
  • Investment range: £3m
  • Investment areas: Early stage science and technology companies

Funding Networks

Cambridge Angels
A business angel group set up in 2001 to accelerate early stage investments in Cambridge start-ups.

DEFRA
The Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced that it will reopen its £20 million Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme to applications in late April/May 2012. 

Through the scheme grants of up to £25,000 are available to help farmers, foresters and horticultural fund new profit-boosting green schemes that:

  • save energy and reduce carbon emissions
  • reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers through better use of manures
  • improve soil quality
  • improve animal health and welfare
  • save and recycle water
  • promote woodland management by processing timber more efficiently

Low Carbon Venture Capital Fund
European funding available to early stage SME's involved in Low Carbon and Environmental Goods and Services.

Destination Digital
Small and medium business funding and advice to use digital and online technology from the team behind Connecting Cambridgeshire (led by Cambridgeshire County Council). Small business, start-ups and charities can benefit from the following:

  • Free business support on growing your business through online and digital technology.

Funding Circle
Funding Circle is a peer-to-business lending platform connecting businesses and investors, where businesses can get fast business loans and investors can earn returns on their investments. Funding Circle has funded over £370m in business loans to date.

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