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Rescue Equity Funding

Thousands of startups are at risk of capital starvation due to the pandemic.

 

£50,000 Fixed Investment | Decision In 7 Days

Capital Pilot’s Rescue Equity Fund will help hundreds of deserving UK startups to survive through the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Companies are selected through our proven investability rating system. Our partner Seedlegals provides rapid documentation through its SeedFAST process.

Rescue Equity Fund is fundraising now.

If you are an investor interested in supporting the fund, please submit your details here:

How does it work?

Capital Pilot selects companies through its Investability Rating system.
Seedlegals completes the round through SeedFAST Advance Subscription Agreement.
From application to funding in less than 2 weeks.

  • Initial review of the application
  • Assessment and rating of the company
  • Decision within 7 days
  • Advanced Subscription Agreement documented through Seedlegals
  • Company due diligence completed
  • £50,000 investment released to the company at completion.

Which companies will qualify for funding?

Companies are selected based solely on their Capital Pilot Investability Rating*. The process generates a dual rating, measuring investability under normal market conditions and under current market conditions. There are no requirements regarding prior investment achieved. Companies are assessed relative to their stage of development with no bias towards later stage or earlier stage businesses. The Rescue Equity Fund is however targeted primarily at seed stage growth businesses for whom £50,000 would provide a runway for a few months and which do not qualify for the Government’s Future Fund. This typically means companies with an MVP, early signs of revenue and/or traction, and a strong team at the helm.

Pre-Register

Startups can now pre-register for Rescue Equity Funding and get notified when the fund goes live.

Once live, we will invite you to complete the application form and upload your investment pitch deck and financial model in order to get assessed for eligibility.

FAQs

Capital Pilot selects companies through its Investability Rating system.
Seedlegals completes the round through SeedFAST Advance Subscription Agreement.
From application to funding in less than 2 weeks.

What is the Rescue Equity Fund?

The fund delivers investments to startups who deserve an opportunity to survive the economic impact of the lockdown put in place to suppress Covid-19. Government initiatives have provided limited help to only a limited number of early-stage businesses so funding from the private sector will be vital to keep startups alive.

Who gets funded?

Companies qualify for funding by meeting our minimum rating requirement on a Capital Pilot Assessment. Our assessment has been used to rate hundreds of companies and we believe that it is the most efficient and objective way to identify those companies that should receive funding from the Rescue Equity Fund.

What do I need to do to apply and get assessed?

Companies need to register on Capital Pilot platform and complete a quick onboarding questionnaire. Then, they will need to upload their pitch deck and financial model and request assessment.

How much does it cost?

The Capital Pilot assessment itself costs £150+ VAT.

We offer to introduce the highest-rated businesses to our network of investors. There is a 2.5% success fee on capital raised through introductions we make. We will always ask for permission before introducing your business to investors and the fee is only paid if the introduction leads to funding so it is simple for any business to opt-out of this service, should they choose to.

How long does it take to hear back?

The assessment has a seven day turnaround.

What happens after I get assessed?

After this, founders will be provided with an assessment report and those that qualify will be referred to Seed Legals to complete the deal with SeedFAST.

What if I am unsuccessful?

You will still get an assessment report with an overall investability rating and individual category scores. The report identifies the key strengths and weaknesses of your proposition from the perspective of a potential investor as an objective third party entity. Think of it as a comprehensive feedback from investors on how to improve your proposition.

Are there going to be other checks performed?

Yes, qualifying companies will need to undergo KYC and anti-money laundering checks by the investment manager. So be prepared to allow some time for the completion of those checks as well. You may be asked to submit some supporting documents such as business bank statements and company documents, etc. Though we aim to make the process as frictionless as possible, it is a good idea to have such documents lined up as soon as you can.

How much funding is available?

The aim is to raise between £5m and £50m to invest with each company receiving £50,000. We think this is the best way to get the money delivered quickly to startups. This investment is also a signal of quality that we hope will give other investors confidence to commit capital to qualifying companies.

Who’s funding?

It would be amazing if public money was made available to invest in startups at the earliest stages. Whilst there are ongoing discussions with public bodies, our focus for raising this money at this stage is private investors who care about the startup ecosystem and recognise its importance to the wider economy. If you know someone eager to help startups who might want to help contribute this raise then please reach out to us!