Angels flying

Record year for Equity Gap as new investors join

jock millican and fraser lusty
Fraser Lusty (right) with director Jock Millican

Scottish angel syndicate Equity Gap is celebrating another record year, with total investments to date into portfolio companies reaching £200m. 

Last year Equity Gap members invested over £7m across 30 funding rounds, leveraging total funding of £70m, more than double the figure for 2021. 

The Equity Gap portfolio includes Amiqus and Sunamp, both winners in the 2022 Deloitte Fast50, and Trojan Energy who announced a record contract with Barnet Council to deploy its EV charging points.

Portfolio businesses are projecting a combined turnover of £90m in 2023 and their collective paper value has reached £300m.

New investment partners in 2022 include Guinness Ventures, Ascension Ventures, Clean Growth Capital and Business Growth Fund.  

Investment continues alongside established partners including Scottish Enterprise, Scottish National Investment Bank, Old College Capital, Alba Equity, and Gabriel Investments.

The Scottish National Investment Bank has now invested in three of Equity Gap’s mission aligned portfolio companies to drive commercial scaling.  This activity highlights the importance of angel investors in providing early capital and support to high growth businesses readying them for next stage fundraising.

Equity Gap board: (L – R) Stuart Paterson, SEP, board adviser; Alex Lusty, COO, Equity Gap; Tracey Ginn, MBM, EG NED; Jock Millican EG director; Rachel Jones, Snapdragon, EG NED; Fraser Lusty EG director; Brian Williamson, EG NED

All four life science companies in the Equity Gap portfolio: Enterobiotix, Neurocentrx, Pneumagen and Pneumowave, secured large scale up rounds in the calendar year and are now undertaking clinical trials aiming to evidence efficacy and generate pharma interest.

Fraser Lusty, Equity Gap director, comments: “2022 has seen outstanding progress from companies across all sectors in trading and scale up fundraising, despite a challenging economic environment. 

“The numbers speak for themselves, but we are particularly proud that our high quality portfolio has attracted significant new investors to Scotland.”

Equity Gap moves into 2023 with clear ambition to deliver positive outcomes for both the investors and companies, as the maturing portfolio generates increasing M&A interest.

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