The Enterprise Investment Scheme is designed to help smaller, higher-risk companies raise finance by offering tax relief on new shares in those companies that qualify. For the investor, it’s a tax efficient way to invest in small companies.
E-Car Club, the UK’s first entirely electric car club, secured £500,000 of funding from Ignite Social Enterprise LP, the social impact fund backed by Centrica Plc. E-Car Club raised £100,000 seed investment in December 2012 via Crowdcube.
Hab, the architecture company headed by Kevin McCloud raised £1.9m in August 2013 from 640 investors.
BeerBods raised £150,000 in 1.5 days from 101 investors. Beerbods is a beer subscription service that champions craft beer.
The success rate for female entrepreneurs is 90%.