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8

Funds

1

About Vala Capital

Vala is an entrepreneur-led investment advisory business that backs start-ups and early-stage companies.

Vala Capital Headquarter Location

Audley House 12-12a Margaret Street

London, England, W1W 8RH,

United Kingdom

0203 951 0590

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Latest Vala Capital News

Vala British Ventures EIS to plug funding gap for homegrown start-ups

Sep 13, 2021

Submitted Vala Capital, a venture capital firm, has launched a new tranche for its EIS portfolio – targeting fast-growth British start-ups with strategies to scale quickly and become the next generation of British unicorns. Innovative small companies are key to the UK's post-pandemic recovery, yet there is a significant funding gap that threatens to stifle their growth. While there is a large pool of seed capital of up to GBP1 million available for start-ups, traditional venture capital companies are increasingly moving up toward later-stage and larger deals of GBP5 million-plus. This has left a funding gap between angel investors and later-stage venture capital funds, which Vala believes has created an opportunity to invest in start-ups that can make the biggest impact and help deliver the greatest returns. The company plans to raise GBP15 million over the next two years for Vala British Ventures EIS, formerly known as the Vala EIS Portfolio. It aims to raise up to GBP2 million in its latest round, which closes on 1 November. Investments are expected to be completed by December and a further fundraising round is due in the spring. Vala British Ventures EIS portfolio, managed by an investment committee led by Vala's founder Jasper Smith, brings together a team of entrepreneurs with proven track records of delivering strong returns for shareholders. The team is targeting a 2.5x return after fees, over a five-to-seven-year time horizon. The EIS will invest in between 8 to 12 companies across sectors including technology, engineering, fintech, media and entertainment, lifestyle and wellness, and food and beverage. Companies in the latest tranche of the portfolio will be early-stage companies at different phases of growth – some will already be revenue generating and some will be at the pre-revenue stage of growth. Likely investments include The Artful Baker, which recently secured funding in a co-venture with baking giant Warburtons, and Pirkx, an online employee benefits platform for the gig economy, whose chair is former Google UK managing director, Dan Cobley. Jasper Smith, Vala’s founder, says: “The UK offers a world-class environment for start-ups to flourish. Technology has transformed almost every industry, creating possibilities for start-ups to become significant players or major multinationals in record time. The UK has so far created 100 unicorns. Tomorrow’s global giants could be among the 500,000 new companies started in each year in the UK alone – and our EIS provides a fresh alternative to the challenge of venture building.”   Vala's investment team’s venture capital experience, as both entrepreneurs and investors, has a combined track record of 35 exits with an aggregate three-fold return. Smith adds: "We are venture builders looking to give young companies the best chance to thrive. And we understand the challenges early-stage businesses face because we’ve lived them. Before we were investors, we were entrepreneurs, successfully building and investing in businesses across multiple sectors for decades. Now it’s our turn to apply this experience and insight to support the companies we invest in."   The minimum investment is GBP20,000 and eligible investors are expected to be able to carry back tax reliefs to the previous tax year. There are no initial fees – the annual management charge is 1.5 per cent. A performance fee of 20 per cent on profitable exits in excess of 110 per cent of the acquisition costs.

Vala Capital Investments

8 Investments

Vala Capital has made 8 investments. Their latest investment was in Qflow as part of their Seed VC - II on August 8, 2021.

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Vala Capital Investments Activity

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Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

8/2/2021

Seed VC - II

Qflow

$2.35M

Yes

2

8/2/2021

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

8/2/2021

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

6/12/2020

Seed VC

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$99M

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10

6/5/2019

Seed VC

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$99M

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Date

8/2/2021

8/2/2021

8/2/2021

6/12/2020

6/5/2019

Round

Seed VC - II

Seed VC

Seed VC

Seed VC

Seed VC

Company

Qflow

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Amount

$2.35M

$99M

$99M

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$99M

New?

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

2

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Vala Capital Fund History

1 Fund History

Vala Capital has 1 fund, including Vala Sustainable Growth EIS.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

Vala Sustainable Growth EIS

$1.67M

2

Closing Date

Fund

Vala Sustainable Growth EIS

Fund Type

Status

Amount

$1.67M

Sources

2

Vala Capital Team

1 Team Member

Vala Capital has 1 team member, including current Chief Technology Officer, Kasper Hunt.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Kasper Hunt

Chief Technology Officer

Current

Name

Kasper Hunt

Work History

Title

Chief Technology Officer

Status

Current

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