University tech-focused VC Campus Capital announces initial £2m fund

Organisation has signed University of Sheffield as its first partner and will look to invest in spin-outs, alumni businesses and local start-ups

Campus Capital, a venture capital (VCs) firm focused on university technology companies, has launched its first £2m fund and has signed the University of Sheffield as its first partner.

Founded in 2016, Campus Capital invests in and helps to build early-stage, high-growth investment funds in partnership with leading universities. Based on campus and run by students, the funds will invest in university spin-outs, alumni businesses or local start-ups.

By giving students the opportunity to act as VCs under the supervision of the Campus Capital board, the organisation also hopes to nurture the next generation of investors.

Backed by government-backed network Tech North and managed by a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) authorized manager, Campus Capital has plans to roll out its business model across the UK.

Michael Howe, co-founder of Campus Capital, commented: “Many students are passionate about business and enterprise and in tune with new technology so are well placed to spot emerging trends and scout for potential investments.

“By giving them a deeper insight into the world of venture capital, we are nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs and investors.”

Sara Pates, head of enterprise at the University of Sheffield, said: “We are very excited to be partnering in such an innovative initiative, which compliments existing similar provision for students to make stock market investments. It is the ‘real’ element of both of these opportunities which make them so valuable to our students.”

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