Parkwalk are delighted to have won ‘Best EIS Fund Manager’ for 2020 at the annual EIS Association Awards. This is the 4th time in a row that we have won this prestigious award.

The judges commented on the award itself: ”Great to see so many entrants for this flagship award. With such a high level of quality submissions, competition for this award was so incredibly high that just to make the finalists list was a huge achievement in itself”

One Parkwalk the judges said: “Clear, well executed proposition. One of the most visible early stage investors”

It has certainly been a busy 2020. Our flagship Opportunities EIS continues to be the largest EIS fund in the market and we continue to be one of the UK’s most active investor in the university spin-out sector, with over £310m of assets under management.

We invested £54m in the 2019/20 tax year, and have continued to be active since the outbreak of Covid-19, completing 21 investments since March 2020, and exiting three businesses.

But this award is really a reflection of our brilliant portfolio companies and management teams, some of whom are doing amazing work in relation to the pandemic.

And we do believe the coronavirus pandemic will be a watershed for the UK economy, encouraging a refocusing towards science and technology – and investor outlooks will change to match. Especially as there are compelling reasons to be investing into UK early stage businesses.

So thank you to the EIS Association for a great virtual event and to the judges for the Parkwalk award. Here’s to a bright future for the industry.