Fund Managers Comments

13 May 2019

Parkwalk – why record CGT receipts mean EIS has a key role to play

By |May 13th, 2019|

The original article appeared in Professional Adviser
As HMRC announces a record £9.2bn in CGT receipts, Parkwalk looks at flows into the tax-efficient sector in 2018/19 and why EIS should play an increasingly important part in client conversations

And breathe … though not for long.

The tax-year end is always a busy time for tax-efficient fund managers […]

Parkwalk – Opportunities EIS Fund was the largest EIS fund in 2018/19

By |May 1st, 2019|

We are delighted to report that the Parkwalk Opportunities EIS fund was the largest EIS fund in 2018/19, raising over £60 million.

Importantly, we continue to average 12 months for a subscription to be fully invested. So the next few weeks is a good time to subscribe to the Parkwalk Opportunities EIS fund as your clients […]

8 February 2019

Parkwalk wins ‘Best EIS Fund Manager’ at the EIS Association Awards

By |February 8th, 2019|

Parkwalk are delighted to have won ‘Best EIS Fund Manager’ for 2018 at the annual EIS Association Awards. This is the 3rd year in a row that we have won this prodigious award.

The judges commented that Parkwalk were ‘An impressive manager with a strong track record and regular exits. Exactly what the regulator is looking for […]

29 January 2019

Is Venture Capital about to become more of a mainstream asset class?

By |January 29th, 2019|

These are exciting times for the venture capital industry but only if the regulatory authorities back the government and are bold and ambitious in backing growth business.

A changing VC landscape

A few years back, I wrote an article for Tech City News congratulating the government on various initiatives to stimulate an entrepreneurial culture but bemoaning […]

Parkwalk – 2018 in numbers

By |January 15th, 2019|

Parkwalk’s EIS Investment Strategy in relation to Bristol and the UK’s Industrial Strategy

By |January 14th, 2019|

Ahead of the launch of the third University of Bristol Enterprise Fund later this month we take a look at a recent speech given by Business Secretary Greg Clark in Bristol on the first anniversary of the modern Industrial Strategy.

The Bristol launch event is on 29th January 2019 at Brown Rudnick LLP, 8 Clifford […]

3 December 2018

Parkwalk wins ‘Best Generalist EIS Fund’ in the Investment Week 2018/19 Tax Efficiency Awards

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Parkwalk are delighted to have won ‘Best General EIS Fund’ at Investment Week’s Tax Efficiency Awards 2018 last week, beating last year’s runner’s up prize and matching our win in 2016.

Parkwalk were also highly commended in the ‘Best Exit’ category.

It is always a good validation of our investment strategy to be recognised by industry peers […]

Deal or no deal, should EIS investors be worried about Brexit?

By |December 3rd, 2018|

Given the UK’s Venture Capital Schemes (SEIS, EIS, VCT and SITR) fall under the EU State Aid rules there is the possibility that a ‘hard’ Brexit would allow the Government to loosen restrictions regarding these schemes, but it seems unlikely given the Government’s agenda.

However, under any compromise deal the UK will probably have to […]

20 November 2018

Tom Hopkins joins Parkwalk

By |November 20th, 2018|

Parkwalk are delighted to announce that Tom Hopkins has joined the team as Business Development Director. Tom has worked alongside Parkwalk since early 2015 as one of the co-founders of Kin Capital who provide fundraising services to the Parkwalk EIS Fund and will continue to do so.

Tom has 13 years’ experience across the front, […]

Parkwalk included in Global University Venturing 2018 Powerlist

By |November 12th, 2018|

Global University Venturing has just completed their inaugural Powerlist for 2018 based on their five-year data review of the university spin-out ecosystem earlier this year.

The data from the study showed Parkwalk as the world’s second most active investor in this sector, which can be seen here: Global investors in University spin-outs 2013 – 2017. Parkwalk […]

10 August 2018

Astellas announces acquisition of Quethera

By |August 10th, 2018|

Astellas Pharma Inc. and Quethera Limited announced that Astellas has acquired Quethera, a gene therapy company headquartered in the United Kingdom that is focused on developing novel treatments for ocular disorders, such as glaucoma.

Through this transaction, Astellas has acquired Quethera’s ophthalmic gene therapy program, which uses a recombinant adeno-associated viral vector system (rAAV) to introduce […]

University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund VI launched

By |August 3rd, 2018|

Parkwalk are delighted to announce the launch of the University of Cambridge Enterprise Fund VI.

Launched in conjunction with Cambridge Enterprise, the University’s Technology Transfer and academic consulting subsidiary, the University of Cambridge Enterprise Funds offer alumni and investors the opportunity to invest in companies formed to develop and commercialise technology and intellectual property developed at the University of Cambridge in […]

7 February 2018

Parkwalk wins at EISA Awards

By |February 7th, 2018|

Parkwalk are delighted to have won the ‘Best EIS Fund Manager’ category at the EISA awards on the 6th February 2018 at the House of Lords.

The award recognised an extremely strong 2017 for Parkwalk, where we committed in excess of £75m to hard-science, knowledge-intensive growth companies commercialising the best of British innovation spun-out of […]

17 July 2017

Parkwalk H1 2017 update

By |July 17th, 2017|

It has been a busy first half of the year at Parkwalk. Our proprietary access to deal-flow has enabled us to deploy £46.5m in the last 12 months. Deal-flow has been enhanced by our tie-up with IP Group plc, who recently raised a further £200m to co-invest in the university spin-out sector.

The combined group […]

2 February 2017

Parkwalk wins at EISA Awards

By |February 2nd, 2017|

Parkwalk are delighted to have won both the ‘Best Investment Exit’ and ‘Best EIS Fund Manager’ categories at the EISA awards on the 1st February 2017. The awards recognised an extremely strong 2016 for Parkwalk. They were presented at the House of Lords to firms, advisers, companies and individuals that achieved outstanding performance in the context […]

16 December 2016

Parkwalk and IP Group join forces in UK University Spin-Outs

By |December 16th, 2016|

IP Group plc acquires Parkwalk, the UK’s largest EIS growth fund manager focused on university spin-outs

IP Group plc (LSE: IPO) (“IP Group” or “the Group”), the developer of intellectual property-based businesses, is delighted to announce that it has agreed to acquire Parkwalk Advisors Ltd (“Parkwalk”), the UK’s leading university spin-out focused EIS fund manager.

Founded […]

Parkwalk wins ‘Best Generalist’ in the Investment Week 2016/17 Tax Efficiency Awards

By |December 6th, 2016|

Parkwalk are delighted to have won the Investment Week ‘Best Generalist’ in their 2016/17 Tax Efficiency Awards.


18 July 2016

ARM Holdings – £24.3bn acquisition of the University of Cambridge spin-out

By |July 18th, 2016|

Japan’s Softbank on Monday offered £24.3bn ($32bn) in cash to acquire 100% of ARM Holdings, the UK’s smartphone chip designer that is one of the leaders in the infrastructure of the internet of things.

In 2015, Forbes ranked ARM as the most innovative company in Europe, and the fifth most innovative in the world.

The deal […]

29 June 2016

Oxford University Innovation – the new name for Isis Innovation

By |June 29th, 2016|

Isis Innovation will be renamed Oxford University Innovation, in order to enhance the already strong links between Isis Innovation and the University. This will strengthen awareness of the company and its services within the wider University, and better portray the University’s ownership of the company.
With a record 16 spinout companies launched and more than […]

Parkwalk, the EIS and Brexit

By |June 28th, 2016|

In these uncertain times post the surprise vote to leave the EU, investors are (quite rightly) focusing on macro risks and volatility.
However, as the dust begins to settle they are now looking across the fringes of their portfolios, including alternative assets such as VC and PE. As a small part of that portfolio with […]