Future Planet Capital
UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) invests at the very early stages in “deeptech” companies based on highly innovative technology.
This technology often emerges from the UK’s publicly funded science and knowledge base and in particular from the partners in the fund, who include several of the key funding bodies in UK science, including UKRI, Dstl and BEIS.
Although we are entirely funded by public entities looking to support and enhance innovation in their spheres, we operate on very similar lines to most venture capital firms, though with a higher appetite for early-stage risk than most venture firms. We are usually the lead or co-lead investor at the pre-seed and seed round stage, and almost always expect to play a substantial role at board level for at least the first couple of years, helping to build out the board and management team, as well as building the funding strategy and helping source further investment for later investment rounds.
We are a long term and supportive investor with a substantial portfolio of existing investments, some of which we have held for over 15 years. We invest across a wide range of technology areas but have a particular interest in engineering biology companies (including those with in silico products), companies developing fusion energy technologies, and companies developing “dual use” technologies with applications in both defence & security and civilian markets.