1st April 2020

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NEWS RELEASE: Blackfinch Spring Venture Capital Trust Raises £3.3 Million

New Technology Focused VCT Completes Successful Fund Raise

Blackfinch Group announces that the Blackfinch Spring VCT has raised over £3.3 million to invest in a portfolio of technology and technology-enabled companies, since its launch in December. The Spring VCT has been a natural follow-on funder for the Blackfinch Ventures EIS Portfolios, which invests in technology-focused companies at the start of their growth journey.

This successful fund raise comes at a time when the VCT market is under pressure, with evidence that investment in these funds is down 50 to 70% on previous years and some VCTs therefore may struggle to achieve their sustainable raise requirement. Blackfinch’s generalist VCT has proved successful by combining the targeting of growing tech enabled companies with a high-performance fee hurdle, competitive charges and fees.

Investors in the Blackfinch Spring VCT have included financial advisors and their retail clients and investors using direct-to-client platforms. The average size of investment is currently £26,000 and there have been 131 investors so far.

Blackfinch Ventures targets high-growth opportunities, supporting start-ups, early stage and growth stage businesses with technological potential. The focus is on disruptive businesses, offering products that address real world needs, with the capability to make an impact in global markets. Blackfinch EIS portfolio clients that could be selected for Spring VCT investment include Tended, Movebubble and Auro.

" The Spring VCT forms part of Blackfinch’s evolving suite of solutions and I’m delighted that it has had a successful fund raise so far; we expect this to continue through these unsettled times as investors looks to the long term. There is still a small window of opportunity to invest before the end of this tax year, up till 3 April, and we’ll keep the VCT open until 30 October. Richard Cook, Founder and CEO of Blackfinch Group

" It’s encouraging to see that investors have recognised the opportunity presented by the   Blackfinch Spring VCT to diversify their portfolios, investing in the technology sector. The   VCT is targeting dividends of 5% p.a. by 2024; additional benefits will include special dividends through earlier exits and those that exceed projected performance and venture   capital tax relief. Dr Reuben Wilcock, Ventures Director at Blackfinch