Rapid growth in six years

Equity Gap lays claim to ‘busiest’ angel group

jock-millican-and-fraser-lustyEquity Gap, the Scottish business angel syndicate, has reported strong investment activity and deal flow in the first half of the year, making it the busiest syndicate in the country.

Investments completed during include Insignia Technologies, Synaptec, Appointedd, Shotscope and VERT Rotors.

Since its launch in 2010 the syndicate has grown from 15 founders to 100 members, completing over 50 rounds of funding.  

Over that period it has leveraged £19.9m into the Scottish economy in partnership with other syndicates and the Scottish Investment Bank which confirmed that Equity Gap has been the most active this year.

Jock Millican, Director at Equity Gap, explains: “Scotland is a world-leader in angel investment, and continues to innovate to meet the needs of the market. 

“Certainly, demand has been consistently high over the last few years due to the economic challenges new businesses face when raising funds.

We are tremendously pleased to have been able to support so many high performing Scottish businesses. Our member-led team brings global experience that allows us to advise companies from a range of sectors.

“When we started out we knew we wanted to do things a little differently. We have worked hard to create an inclusive network that opens up access to a larger community everyone can benefit from.

“We believe this democratic approach has enabled our network to grow organically, allowing us to take advantage of a buoyant market and to enjoy over three years of sustained and increasing levels of activity.”

Kerry Sharp of Scottish Investment Bank said: “Scotland is seeing unprecedented growth in its early stage risk capital market, supported by a vibrant business angel community.  Equity Gap is a valued partner and we look forward to continuing to co-invest with them into many more companies with international growth potential.”

Fraser Lusty, director at Equity Gap added: “Scotland is a hotbed of innovation and current trends in angel investing are extremely positive – there certainly is no shortage of quality deal flow for us.  We are entering an exciting new stage for the Equity Gap portfolio as we look forward to concluding a successful exit.

“We take a highly involved and personal approach, mentoring companies from the pitching process to exit. Even if a company is unsuccessful in securing funding, we make sure we give valuable feedback to help them improve their plan for next time. We want to contribute to the wider start-up community, as we believe Scotland has a lot more potential in this sector.”

Photo: Jock Millican (left) and Fraser Lusty (contributed)

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