Jenson SEIS Fund
The fund offers a mixture of new technology investment.
- Aims to invest in 8 to 12 investee companies
- Target return of 185p per 100p invested (not guaranteed)
- Minimum investment £10,000
Jenson Funding Partners was founded in 2012. Its SEIS fund launched in 2012, one of first in the market. Since then Jenson has raised over £13.5 million across 100 investments.
The SEIS fund aims to focus on innovative and disruptive technology firms. While Jenson will invest across multiple sectors, all prospective companies will be assessed for the following criteria:
- Strong concept and strategy
- A credible management team
- Business and financial risks
- Equity deal and exit expectations
Jenson provides a support package to investee firms, covering various aspects of financial, sales and marketing, tech and operational support, which is mandatory for the first year and for which the investee company pays. After that, firms can choose whether to use it or not.
Examples of previous portfolio companies
Twizoo – recent exit
Twizoo uses AI technology to automatically capture user-generated content and create real-time reviews. Madeline Parra and John Talbott, the company’s founders, developed the idea after noticing that restaurants received nearly 7x more exposure on social media than on conventional reviewing platforms.
A mobile application, Twizoo scans and analyses real-time conversations to generate user reviews and sentiment. The technology can be applied to something as simple as suggesting popular bars or restaurants to acting as a social media monitoring platform for businesses.
Jenson originally invested £150,000 into the business through its first SEIS fund. The funding was used to launch a beta version of the product and to prove the business model. As a result, the company was acquired by Skyscanner via a trade sale in November 2017. Investors received a significant uplift on their original investment, however, past performance is not a guide to the future.
EBar Initiatives – recent investment
The team at EBar have developed a self-service kiosk that uses patented technology to dispense beer to replace staffed bars at events.
Based in Bridge of Don, founders Sam Pettipher and Nick Beeson claim their technology can dispense two drinks in just 30 seconds. This should cut queues and waiting time for consumers whilst venue operators should benefit from increased sales, reduced staff costs and greater efficiency.
Since launching in 2016, the EBar has been trialed at Premier League Football matches and at Six Nations Rugby events. Furthermore, the company announced this year that it will be collaborating with Heineken UK to improve its technology.
Jenson SEIS invested as part of a £300,000 funding round alongside Scottish investors, Equity Gap and Gabriel Investment Syndicate.
As is to be expected with young companies, not all succeed.
Jenson EIS and SEIS Fund 2 originally invested into Tapfuse, a mobile application developer, in 2015. The business created multi-platform applications so that information could be shared in professional and educational institutions.
The business started positively, gaining a number of potential clients and developing a strong sales pipeline. However, it lost momentum due to the founder's personal circumstances. Jenson investigated possible options once it became clear the founder no longer wished to continue with the business 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.
The target return is 185p per 100p invested, which is not guaranteed. As is the nature of early stage investing, the investee companies that succeed may deliver returns many times that of the initial investment. The flip side is that some of the companies are almost certain to fail. Realistically, as many of the companies will be early stage, exits are largely expected from trade sales rather than from flotations. Exit is expected in five to seven years, although this is not guaranteed.
Jenson has successfully exited five companies from its first two SEIS funds. In total it has made 100 investments, of these, 34 are no longer trading. Please note: past performance is not a guide to the future.
Source: Jenson, as at September 2019. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. The data above shows net asset value of the last five year's SEIS funds. It shows data since launch of each fund. The data was valued in accordance with International Private Equity and Venture Capital Guidelines which require investments to be valued at their fair value and include a number of techniques for doing so depending on the circumstances. The Price of Recent Investment valuation technique is commonly used in a seed, start up or an early stage situation, where there are no current and no short-term future earnings or positive cash flows. For these enterprises, typically, it is difficult to gauge the probability and financial impact of the success or failure of development or research activities and to make reliable cash flow forecasts.
Risks – important
This, like all investments available through Wealth Club, is only for experienced investors happy to make their own investment decisions without advice.
EIS / SEIS investments are high-risk so should only form part of a balanced portfolio and you should not invest money you cannot afford to lose. They also tend to be illiquid and hard to sell and value. Before you invest, please carefully read the Risks and Commitments and the offer documents to ensure you fully understand the risks.
Tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances.
This EIS / SEIS fund invests in early-stage businesses which are more likely to fail than larger ones. So you should expect a number of failures in the portfolio, or even be prepared for all companies to fail.
Charges & savings
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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|Performance fee||35%||Investee company charges|
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More detail on the charges
Timing of the offer
The fund anticipates taking between 6-12 months to fully deploy investor capital following the closing dates. However, this is not guaranteed and it may take longer.
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- Target return
- Funds raised / sought
- £3.0 million sought
- Minimum investment