Vala EIS Portfolio

Investing in start-up companies.


What is the aim of this fund?

"This Fund was created to invest in companies run by skilled entrepreneurs, who have the potential to build exceptional businessess."

Jasper Smith, Vala Capital

The Vala EIS Portfolio builds on the expertise of a group of serial entrepreneurs, who over many years have given blood, sweat and tears to create, build and sell businesses across various industries. We have invested more than £30m of our own money into early-stage businesses and raised more than £75m from other investors for those companies.


Jasper SmithKey Individuals - Jasper Smith runs Vala Capital and has overall responsibility for the Vala EIS Portfolio’s deal flow and mentoring services. He is an entrepreneur who has founded and invested in many companies in the media, technology and engineering sectors.  He has achieved a number of successful exits, creating significant shareholder value along the way.

Jasper is supported by a team of experienced investment professionals with backgrounds in venture capital, private equity and entrepreneurship.


At a glance

Investment goal


Relative risk

High / Adventurous - Capital at Risk

Risk 7

Invests in




Media & entertainment

Lifestyle brands, food & beverage


Target Return

2x return after five years

Not a reliable indicator of future income.



Open to new investors. The fund is evergreen. The minimum investment is  £25,000.

Fund Details

Investment Strategy

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The Vala EIS Portfolio will build a portfolio of shares in small companies with plans for growth, chosen by a group of entrepreneurial investors. A subscription will be used to purchase shares in a number of different companies – in order to build a portfolio of six to ten companies, although the exact number could vary.

The Vala EIS Portfolio is evergreen – always open to subscriptions.  In general, once the Fund has raised a tranche of around £2.5m of investor subscriptions, it will invest that money into suitable companies over a short period of time. This will usually mean that your subscription will be fully invested into companies 12 months after investment in the Fund, but the investment process and timeframe can vary. The Fund's priority is to find investment opportunities, even if that delays the process of deploying your cash.

Example Fund Investments

Great British Biscotti Co.

The Great British Biscotti Co. is a Dorset-based biscuit brand that started life as a micro-bakery in 2016. has developed a unique, AI-driven software platform to unlock the value of land without clear title.


Arksen is a technology and adventure company designing the ultimate marine exploration vessels.

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Investor Charges

Full initial charge 0%
Annual management charge 0%
Administration charge 0%
Performance fee 20%


Investee Company Charge

Initial charge 6%
Annual management charge 0%


The fund charges a one-off initial fee of 6%, with no annual management charges.

Please check the fees section of the Information Memorandum for full details. All fees and charges are stated exclusive of VAT, which may be applicable in some cases. Any fees and charges payable by the investee companies or the underlying businesses do not directly come out of your investment. However, they will effectively reduce the returns generated by investee companies and therefore directly impact your investment.

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If you have any questions regarding the Vala EIS Portfolio or the application form - please feel free to contact us.

Important Information

Eligible Investors

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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:

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 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 take 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 are not covered by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS). For more details, please contact us or refer to their website:

Past performance is not a guide to future returns. 


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