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 The Innovation   Fund by QUBIS 

Turning high-quality academic inspiration into cutting-edge commercial innovation.

At a glance
  • Current status:                     Open
  • Fund type:                                              SEIS/EIS
  • Investment goal:                     Capital growth
  • Focus:  University spin-outs

  • Target returns:                                                5x
  • Target holding period:                            8 years
  • Minimum subscription:                        £20,000
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Recorded Oct 2021 with Wealth Club.

 

The Innovation Fund (the "Fund”) by QUBIS is an opportunity for investors to invest in research-based spin-out companies form to commercialise scientific & technological research from UK and Ireland based universities and research institutes while benefiting from SEIS and/or EIS tax reliefs.

The Fund brings together QUBIS as the company mentor and Sapphire Capital Partners LLP as the investment manager, to offer an early stage, growth-targeted investment Fund. 

The QUBIS vision is simple: "We aim to lead disruptive research from IP to IPO. We are excited to launch the second Innovation Fund alongside Sapphire, to enable Investors to continue in our journey to help bring these impactful technological advancements to the market and begin changing the lives of the end-users for the better."

Investment Strategy
The objective of the Fund is to invest in a portfolio of early-stage high-growth companies from Innovate UK ICURe programme which is led and delivered regionally by Queen’s University Belfast. The programme includes a large section of UK universities, many of whom are Russell Group members. Opportunities that have undertaken a similar customer discovery journey, for example, via accelerators, research institutes and Innovate UK programs may also be considered for inclusion in the Fund.
 
SEIS and/or EIS qualifying research based opportunities from Ireland that are expanding to the UK via one of the customer discovery programs outlined above may also be considered.

The Fund also reserves the right to consider outstanding alumni and student ventures as potential investee companies which in our experience, a faster route to market may be dictated by customer demand.
 
SEIS & EIS tax incentives
The companies the Fund invest in are expected to be SEIS and/or EIS qualifying, which makes the Innovation Fund by QUBIS suitable for qualifying clients who would potentially benefit from the following tax reliefs:
  • Up to 30% income tax relief (or 50% for SEIS)
  • Tax-free investment growth
  • Capital gains deferral (50% capital gains tax exemption for SEIS)
  • Inheritance tax relief
  • Loss relief
Please note: SEIS/EIS tax reliefs are only made available to investors because of the higher risks associated with investing in early-stage companies. Also, the availability of tax reliefs will depend on the investor's personal circumstances, and tax legislation can change in the future. See below for important information and risk warning.
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QUBIS portfolio companies

BIOLIBERTY

Bioliberty is a health tech startup, bridging the gap between hand weakness and independent living.

Datatecnics

Datatecnics is an intelligent infrastructure firm revolutionizing global asset management with predictive analytics.

AMPLYDiscovery

AMPLY Discovery is a spinout from the Queen's University of Belfast. Using machine learning and AI we discover new therapeutic molecules for hard-to-treat infectious diseases. replacing conventional antibiotics and helping to tackle AMR.

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To invest, you must be an eligible investor. To be an eligible investor, you must be qualifying as one or more of the following:
  • You meet the FCA’s definition of a professional investor.
  • You meet the FCA’s definition of a certified high net worth investor.
  • You meet the FCA’s definition of a self-certified sophisticated investor.
  • You meet the FCA’s definition of a self-certified restricted investor.
  • You are a client of an FCA authorised firm that will provide advice on the suitability of the product in question.
 
Risk warning
Important information for private investors – Reliance on the information provided here to engage in any investment activity may expose an individual to a significant risk of losing all of the property or other assets invested. Your attention is drawn to the risk section contained within the Information Memorandum. Investments are typically in unquoted shares in small companies, the value of which can be volatile and are often difficult to sell. Nothing on this website constitutes investment, tax, financial, legal, regulatory, or other advice by Sapphire Capital Partners LLP.
The value of an investment may go down as well as up, and you may not get back the full amount invested, and you may therefore lose some or all of your investment.
If you are unsure of the suitability of any investment for your circumstances, please contact your independent financial advisor or other professional advisor authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) who specialises in advising on investments of this type. Tax reliefs depend on individual circumstances. There is no guarantee however that the tax reliefs (such as SEIS and/or EIS reliefs, CGT reliefs or IHT relief) will be available on any investment made or that if it is initially available, it will not be subsequently withdrawn. Any references to tax laws or rates are based on current legislation, all of which are subject to change and are provided as a guide only. Prospective investors are advised to obtain their own investment and taxation advice and should consult their own professional advisors on the implications of investing.
Investments made in investee companies via funds managed by Sapphire Capital Partners LLP may not be covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). For more details, please contact us or refer to their website: https://www.fscs.org.uk
Past performance is not a guide to future returns. CAPITAL AT RISK. 

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