Vector Photonics has received £1.6m of equity investment to commercialise its unique, PCSEL-based, semiconductor laser technology. This investment comes from a consortium of three specialist funding companies – Foresight Williams, the UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) and Equity Gap. Each investment company adds its own unique value to Vector Photonics Foresight and has board representation.

Foresight Williams invests in high growth-potential companies with innovative and transformational technologies via the Foresight Scottish Growth Fund and Foresight Williams, a joint venture with Williams Advanced Engineering. UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S) is a specialist deep-tech seed fund focused on spin outs from the UK’s research base. Equity Gap is an angel investment syndicate, investing in early, new technology businesses throughout Scotland.

Foresight Williams

Foresight Williams Technology is a collaboration between Foresight Group and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE). This collaboration is based on the combined vision and respective fields of expertise of Foresight Group, a leading infrastructure and private equity investment manager and WAE, a leading engineering consultancy spun out of the Williams F1 team.

The funds invest in a portfolio of early-stage companies with high growth-potential, developing innovative and occasionally transformational technologies across a range of different sectors. Our portfolio companies receive technical, commercial and promotional support, which gives us and our portfolio companies an advantage compared to many other investment funds.

Bill Yost of Foresight Williams sits on the board of Vector Photonics. Bill joined Foresight in 2020 and is an Investment Manager based in Foresight’s Cambridge office. Bill has over 24 years of experience spanning buy-side, sell-side, operational and advisory roles with technology companies. Bill joined Foresight to make investments in Foresight Williams Technology.

Bill holds a BSc in Physics from Cornell University, an MSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MSc in the Management and Regulation of Risk from the London School of Economics.

UK Innovation & Science Seed Fund (UKI2S)

UKI2S is a national seed investment fund that helps the UK to build innovative businesses, leverage private investment and grow jobs. UKI2S achieves this by nurturing new businesses arising from the great science undertaken in the UK; providing the patient, long-term committed capital and strategic advice these companies need.

Over the past decade and more UKI2S has built a substantial track record with 57 portfolio companies created – with only £15m of capital from UKI2S – that between them have attracted over £500m of later stage investment and now have a combined market value of over £750m.

UKI2S works closely with its partners – led by STFC, BBSRC and NERC, which are all part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) and Dstl – and is aligned with the Catapults and Innovate UK to create the best environment for innovation to flourish and in turn, boost the UK’s competitiveness and productivity by commercialising key technological advances in industrial biotech, ag tech, healthcare, medicine, clean energy, materials, artificial intelligence, software and space.

Equity Gap

Equity Gap is an Edinburgh based angel investment syndicate, established to help match investors with entrepreneurs looking for early stage business funding.

Equity Gap aims to make investing accessible and enjoyable for our members through collaboration, a peer network and centralised administration.

Equity Gap support prospective companies with access to its broad base of knowledge and expertise, including support for pitching to our members.

Equity Gap members currently invest in over 30 companies, leveraging over £70m in total investment into this portfolio. Equity Gap investee companies have created over 400 jobs, primarily in Scotland, across a range of sectors including consumer product, food and drink, life science and SaaS.

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