Investor Partnerships Future Economy

A three-year initiative to boost Future Economy-focused SMEs through aligning grant funding for R&D development with investment from partnerships with credible investor partners.

Driving investment into high-growth innovative UK companies

The Investor Partnership Programme is a unique opportunity for high-growth, innovative UK companies to access the funding they need to thrive and succeed. This programme is designed to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are working on cutting-edge technology in the Innovate UK Future Economy areas of:

  • Net Zero
  • Healthy Living and Agriculture
  • Digital and Technologies
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Innovate UK has and continues to partner with a diverse group of credible investor partners, including venture capital funds, corporate investors, business angel groups, and social impact investors from the UK, Europe, and the US. These investors are committed to supporting innovative companies and providing the financing they need to grow and scale.

Past programmes and impact

In 15 investor partnership programmes between 2017 and March 2022

Grant funding to SMEs


Grant funding to SMEs

Aligned equity investment


Aligned equity investment

Additional partner investment


Additional partner investment

The Investor Partnership Programme

Innovate UK has launched the Investor Partnerships Programme to provide funding for highly innovative micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the research and development field who require equity funding to develop their technology.

The programme will encourage businesses to seek equity investment and grow their businesses. Innovate UK has chosen investor partners such as venture capital funds, corporate investors, business angel groups, and social impact investors from the UK, Europe, and the US.

The programme will be focused on specific themes for future economy areas that include net zero, health and wellbeing, and critical circular materials, among others.

For more information and support with your application, click here.

Future Economy Investor Partnerships SME round 2 is open to SME applications from 12 May 2023: click here for details. Applications close on 5 July 2023.

Investors can apply to become one of Innovate UK’s investor partners through an application process. The next available process opens on 28 August and closes on 20 September 2023. Applications can be made through the Innovation Funding Service.


This directory provides summary information on the investors selected by Innovate UK as our pool of investor partners. For each investor partners it provides information on their main area of interest and how you should make contact. Each investor partner has demonstrated that they have the credibility, capability, capacity and appetite to invest in innovative, technology-led businesses that align with our investor partnership programmes.

Bloc Ventures

Bloc Ventures is an early-stage venture capital investment company, focused on deep tech companies in the UK and Europe.

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Boundary Capital Partners

Boundary Capital Partners LLP is an impact, for-profit, B2B technology investor.

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LCR Ventures Limited

Our funding is for Liverpool City Region (LCR) based startups.

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Chrysalix Venture Capital

Chrysalix is a global venture capital firm that specializes in transformational industrial innovation.

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Invested in growth, we connect investors to innovators, industry and government, by demystifying the UK Innovation landscape and shaping the future economy.

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Related Opportunities

Future Economy Investor Partnerships SME: round 2

Opens: 12/05/2023 Closes: 05/07/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for grant funding alongside private investment from selected investor partners.

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Related Events and Recordings


Briefing Event: Future economy investor partnership SME competition round 2

14.00 - 16.00 | Online

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