The University of Edinburgh has approved a £6 million recapitalisation of in-house venture capital fund Old College Capital, providing investment finance for companies associated with the University.
Old College Capital (OCC) was established in 2011 with support from the University and its Endowment and works in partnership with investors who are interested in high growth potential businesses.
Currently, the fund invests an average of £250,000 in each company, and adopts a ‘co-investment model’, working alongside venture capitalists, angel groups and corporate investors. OCC has an independent investment committee and operates on a fully commercial basis.
Hamish Mair, Chair of OCC’s investment committee said:
“External investors have welcomed the fund and take confidence that the University is backing its own companies and sharing the risk. OCC’s investment partners can work with a trusted partner with the ability to follow-on its investments and benefit from the University’s in-depth knowledge of our investee businesses.”
Since 2011 Old College Capital has invested £2 million into ten student start-ups and academic spin-outs across a broad range of sectors. This investment leveraged a further £18 million from private sector commercial co-investors.
This recapitalisation takes the total fund to £8 million.
The University’s Director of Corporate Services, Hugh Edmiston, said:
“The reinvestment demonstrates a continued commitment by the University and its Endowment to back growth businesses from the University’s ecosystem by providing essential capital at an exciting and critical point in their development.”