UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund

UKI2S invests in innovations from the UK’s science and knowledge base, specialising in engineering biology, defence & security, fusion energy, and space.

Opportunity Details

Potential investees will be contacted after application. We have made investments in as little as four weeks, but other instances have taken significantly longer.


UKI2S makes equity and convertible loan investments for a financial return. Entry cheques are typically between £100k and £500k.

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UKI2S invests in innovations emerging from the UK’s publicly funded science and knowledge base. We specialise in engineering biology, defence & security, fusion energy, and space to facilitate sustainable growth, enhance the health and security of society, improve productivity, and deliver economic gains emerging from UK’s public funding portfolio.

To receive UKI2S funding you must fulfil one of the following:

• Either you are based at one of our research campuses
• Or you are working in a strategic priority area (engineering biology, defence & security, fusion energy, or space)
• Or your innovation is based on intellectual property (IP) associated with one of our partners.

We invest in the pre-seed and seed stage (and are often the first investors). Our entry cheques are typically between £100k and £500k and we aim to follow-on in subsequent rounds in the best-performing companies, up to £1.5m. We are happy to lead investments or follow, so long as our investment is a meaningful part of the round.


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