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Get a slice
of Europe’s fastest growing tech companies

We’ve opened up a new asset class to the public markets, so anyone can get a share in the future.

We build stakes to capture growth and value

To make the most of their potential; high-growth companies need longer term investment. We do just that – building stakes, generating growth, and creating value. We play an active role in the businesses, often taking a board seat.

Our experience counts

Our investment team have a long history of investing in tech and a track record of delivering an average of 20% annual portfolio returns.

Companies are private
for longer

We offer access to private companies that are growing rapidly. Current trends show that tech companies stay private for longer; with us, you get a share of the action.

Latest financial results

Financial Highlights

As of September 2019

£703m

Gross Portfolio Value increase by 18% to £703m (31 March 2019: increase of 144% to £594m)

£660m

Net Assets of £660m (31 March 2019: £619m)

£89m

Investment resources across Group. Available cash of £34m, £5m undrawn debt (extended by £10m to £60m post year-end), further complimented by £50m from EIS/VCT

£40m

Profit after tax (year to 31 March 2019: £111m)


What’s in a share?

Buy a share in Draper Esprit, and you’re getting access to Europe’s technology innovators, years of investor expertise, and a sustainable investment model. We focus on four sectors, and keep our portfolio diverse.

As our companies grow, we provide follow-on capital to build our stakes. 70% of our portfolio value is distributed in the top 10-15 companies, representing our core holdings. When the companies exit, cash goes back to the balance sheet—so we can re-invest it in new opportunities. Sustainable growth, for the long term.


Cash

When the companies exit, the cash generated is returned to the balance sheet and re-invested into new opportunities in the market.

Emerging companies

The Company invests in entrepreneurial, fast growing tech businesses.

Core holdings

Draper Esprit will provide follow-on capital, developing a more significant stake in businesses once its business model is proven.

Other assets and liabilities

Other assets and liabilities of the Group.

Explore our portfolio

Discover the companies in our portfolio. Each one is driven by an exceptional team, with global potential to transform their sector.

We are committed to making Graphcore IPUs the standard for a new era of computing, letting innovators create the next, great breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. To achieve this, our investors need to be close partners who will work with us to build the company, who share our passion and vision and who can help us grow.

Nigel Toon, CEO & co-founder, Graphcore

 

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