Earlier this month, Norm Peterson - GCV's co-founder and CEO - spoke to BQ about the importance of investing for growth, and how the co-investment approach is such a beneficial way of doing so.
At GCV we identify and structure investment opportunities that have the potential to deliver market-beating returns to investors alongside wider positive social and environmental benefits. This is something that's been driven even further forward by our investment from Maven in December 2016.
In the article, Norm explained regarding Maven how "there’s a strong strategic fit and we are exploring opportunities where our investors can co-invest alongside Maven and other institutional investors into high growth businesses and property related projects."
Having an ever-expanding investor network that invests into the opportunities presented, such opportunities are vast and varied.
Discussing the investment opportunity into Atom, one of the UK's leading challenger banks, Norm explained "over 40 members of the GCV Investor Network invested £1m into Atom, alongside one of Europe’s leading hedge funds...there was a lot of interest, the offer was oversubscribed within a few days with GCV members investing between £10,000 and up to six-figure sums."
Whilst on the importance of co-investment and investor collaboration, Norm went on to say how "We want to make it simple for everyday investors to participate in growth-focused investment opportunities and build a diversified portfolio. Investing online means members can review investment opportunities at a time that’s convenient for them and invest into carefully selected investment opportunities, many of which offer generous tax reliefs designed to minimise downside risk and maximise potential returns."
The co-investment approach is something we've driven forward both online and off, with the launch of our G.Ventures Investor Club in Q4 of 2017, bringing together an exclusive group of high net worth individuals who will meet monthly and will be briefed on new investment opportunities in which they can invest anything from £10,000 to £250,000, perhaps five or six times a year.
On the G.Ventures Investor Club, GCV's Head of Operations and Investor Relations Jordan Dargue explained "Our members tend to be entrepreneurs themselves, and they are keen to back the next generation of entrepreneurs, they are also keen to diversify and get involved in property related deals. The common theme is that the investment opportunities can demonstrate the potential to deliver better risk-adjusted returns than typical mainstream investment products."
Elaborating further on the investment opportunities presented, Norm highlighted how "we see a lot of investment opportunities but only take forward a small number where we feel we can add real value. We work very closely with the entrepreneurs we support. In many cases, particularly earlier stage businesses, the entrepreneur has a solid idea and needs help to prepare and present the business as a robust investment opportunity."
"It can be the same for a property project. We look for an opportunity where we can see something different, an angle where we can add value. On property development projects it might be an option to improve the layout of a scheme and enhance sales values. Whereas an early stage business we might work with the founders to enhance the business model and revenue model."
Going on to discuss Intelligence Fusion, the combination of institutional investors and angel networks, you can read the piece in full on BQLive.co.uk.