Jenson SEIS Fund
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The Jenson SEIS Fund was launched in 2012, the same year SEIS was introduced.
Manager Jenson Funding Partners (“JFP”) is an established early-stage investor. It follows a broadly generalist strategy, with a preference for tech-enabled businesses with a defensible offering. Companies will primarily be sourced from JFP’s existing network and those with potential may ‘graduate’ to the Jenson EIS Fund.
To date, the fund has invested £17.5 million into 131 companies. Of these, 64 have failed, and nine have returned cash to investors (six profitably), generating exit proceeds of £3.6 million. The remaining portfolio balance is valued at £13.6 million. Past performance is not a guide to the future – these are early-stage companies, which can and do fail.
- Target return of 3x over 5-7 years – not guaranteed
- Aims to invest in 8 to 12 companies – not guaranteed
- Minimum investment £10,000 – you can apply online
- Next deadline: 17 January 2024 for planned 2023/24 tax year deployment
Jenson Solutions Ltd (“JSL”) was established in 2001 by Paul Jenkinson and Sarah Barber, to provide strategic, financial, and operational solutions to small businesses. In response to the introduction of the Seed Investment Enterprise Scheme, the pair set up Jenson Funding Partners (“JFP”) in 2012, with the aim of raising and providing capital to early-stage businesses.
The funds are managed by a core team of nine, led by co-founder Sarah Barber and Chief Investment Officer Jeffrey Faustin. Sarah is a Chartered Accountant and was part of the team responsible for creating the first Jenson SEIS Fund in 2012. She is now CEO. Jeffrey has a background in engineering and made the transition to finance after completing an MBA in 2012. He joined JFP in 2013 and is now responsible for managing all aspects of the investment process. The investment team will have access to the resources of JSL where required.
Before your subscription is invested, the cash will be held by the custodian, Bennett Brooks & Co Ltd. Shares will be held by the nominee, JFP Nominees Limited.
Meet the manager: Jeffrey Faustin, Jenson Funding Partners
JFP receives over 1,000 pitches a year through its network of incubators and accelerators, universities, corporate finance houses, professional services providers, VC and PE houses.
Jenson favours companies with scalable business models and some pre-existing momentum, run by ambitious and driven entrepreneurs. These businesses should be addressing market gaps with innovative and disruptive technology.
All potential investee companies are required to make two presentations: first to the review panel and, if successful, to JFP’s investment committee. JFP also conducts extensive pre-selection assessments, interviewing the management teams over a series of calls and meetings to determine their suitability for the fund.
Post-investment, a JFP portfolio manager or a nominated non-executive director attends board and senior management meetings. Regular contact allows the team to monitor progress and provide support when needed, prepare companies for the next stage of growth as well as help avoid common pitfalls.
The manager will also introduce its investees to trusted third-party service providers. For example, JFP has connected several of its companies with a B2B SaaS professional with experience of scaling operations to help them structure their value propositions and sales processes.
The fund targets a return of £3 for every £1 invested, excluding tax relief, over a period of five to seven years, not guaranteed.
JFP is a generalist investor but prefers technology-based businesses. In total, Jenson has invested in 131 companies since its first SEIS investment in 2012.
SEIS investors will receive a portfolio of eight to 12 companies.
Below are portfolio company examples from previous iterations of the fund. They are outlined to give a flavour of the types of companies you might expect but are unlikely to be part of a new investor's portfolio.
Examples of previous portfolio companies
ANGOKA was founded by four entrepreneurs to address the problem of cyber security in the aviation and road transport sectors.
Cars are already computers on wheels. A growing number are “connected”: have their own internet connection allowing communication with other devices, so you can unlock the car from a phone app or receive real-time traffic information. Autonomous and remotely operated vehicles take the connectivity further, being able to communicate with other vehicles, road infrastructure, and the cloud. But, crucial to this is the security of the communication – the more connections, the more potential access points vulnerable to cyber attacks.
ANGOKA’s technology is addressing this. Its solution includes attaching unique electronic fingerprints to devices or components that allow them to be reliably identified, creating trusted connections, even in untrustworthy networks.
Jenson’s SEIS fund invested shortly after the business was founded, in early 2019. Since then, the company has raised money from London angel network 24Haymarket and cyber security specialist GALLOS. Jenson’s original stake is now valued at a little over 5x investment cost. Past performance is not a guide to the future.
Studeo – recent investment
Studeo delivers high-quality tutoring through short-form videos. Traditional tutoring can cost between £50 and £150 an hour and is often difficult to access if you’re not located near a sizeable city or town. Studeo is looking to build on familiarity with remote learning developed during the pandemic and take advantage of the high cost and geographically limited nature of more traditional tutoring to deliver a premium but accessible service.
The company was founded in 2020 by former investment banker Nic Levandowsky, named one of the 40 under 40 rising stars in investment banking by Financial News in 2016.
Currently focused on maths tutoring, the company intends to expand into sciences, with physics, biology, chemistry and computer science all in the pipeline, and also plans to launch outside its existing UK and French markets. In May 2022 Studeo raised $1.2 million via Jenson and Seqouia Arc, the venture building arm of US venture firm Sequioa. As of March 2023, the app had been downloaded more than 50,000 times on Android devices alone.
OneTouch – example of previous exit
OneTouch was founded by Dermot Clancy and Ray Moloney to develop a digital platform to help care providers manage their operations from a single app.
The platform can support and streamline scheduling, billing, payroll and financial reporting, as well as including client records and allowing updates to family members. By the time Jenson exited the business in October 2022, OneTouch was supporting the delivery of over 2 million care hours a month.
Jenson initially invested £150,000 in the business in March 2016, generating a realised return of 8.7x when it sold its stake as part of a significant investment by private equity group August Equity. Past performance is not a guide to the future.
Tapfuse – example of previous failure
As is to be expected with young companies, not all succeed. Mobile application developer Tapfuse is an example. Jenson EIS and SEIS Fund 2 originally invested in 2015. The business created multi-platform applications so that information could be shared in professional and educational institutions.
The business started positively, gaining several potential clients and developing a strong sales pipeline. However, it lost momentum due to the founder's personal circumstances. Jenson investigated possible options but ultimately struggled to find a viable alternative.
Eventually, Jenson was outvoted by Tapfuse's other shareholders, and the business was put into administration in December 2018.
Since its inception, the fund has invested £17.5 million into 131 companies. Of these, 64 have failed, nine have exited, six profitably, generating exit proceeds of £3.6 million. The remaining portfolio balance is valued at £13.6 million (February 2023). Please note: past performance is not a guide to the future.
The chart below shows the average performance of the total subscribed into the funds in each full tax year from 2012/13 (or from when the current strategy was adopted if later) to 2021/22. Please note, individual investor portfolios’ performance will deviate from the average.
Performance per £100 invested in each tax year
Source: JFP, as at 13 February 2023. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The chart shows realised returns (where share proceeds have been returned to investors as cash) and unrealised returns (where cash has not yet been returned and the value of the investments is based on the manager’s own valuation methodology). There is no ready market for unlisted shares. The figures shown are net of all fees and do not include any income tax relief or loss relief.
Risks – important
This, like all investments available through Wealth Club, is only for experienced investors happy to make their own investment decisions without advice.
SEIS investments are high-risk and should only form part of a balanced portfolio. As must be expected with early-stage investments, some or even all of the companies in the portfolio could fail: the fewer the companies included in the portfolio, the higher the risk of loss if things don’t go to plan. You should not invest money you cannot afford to lose.
There is no ready market for unlisted SEIS shares: they are illiquid and hard to sell and value. There will need to be an exit for you to receive a realised return on your investment. Exits are likely to take considerably longer than the three-year minimum SEIS holding period; equally, an exit within three years could impact tax relief.
To claim tax relief, you will need SEIS3 certificates, normally issued once shares have been allotted. This can take several months: please check the deployment timescales carefully. Tax reliefs depend on the portfolio companies maintaining their SEIS-qualifying status. Remember, tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances.
Before you invest, please carefully read the Risks and Commitments and the offer documents to ensure you fully understand the risks.
A summary of the main charges and savings is shown below. Some of these will be payable by the investor, whilst others by the investee companies. The investment may have additional charges and expenses: please see the provider documents, including the Key Information Document, for more details.
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JFP is an active early-stage investor. It has amassed a sizeable investment portfolio of over 130 investee companies in its 10-year history. JFP may, therefore, be seen as a destination for entrepreneurs seeking seed investment – this could enhance its access to deal flow. While the investment team is small in proportion to the number of companies in the portfolio, JFP has been active in this area for almost a decade and is confident in its ability to continue identifying and supporting promising companies.
You are now able to apply
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- 17 January 2024 for 2023/24