I always enjoy my trips to Oxford. Memories of student days and many happy years at Oxford Instruments are a great incentive to return.
But today, I arrived at the station and walked a hundred yards to the Said Business School to attend the Oxford Capital Partners Investment Conference. It was an impressive convocation, with at least 200 attendees. OCP seems to be the granddaddy of early stage fund managers, with a track record of investments in sustainability, healthcare and communications. Investment opportunities are offered through discretionary investment management in the Oxford Gateway EIS portfolio.
For me it’s a way of gaining some immediate diversification and a chance to learn from an already successful fund manager who has made over 40 investments on his own account. Moreover, Simon Hunt is personally a significant investor in the club. About half of the investments they’ve made so far are in the security, sustainability and instrumentation domains which are the focus for Qi3 Accelerator. The others are mainly in IT and medical devices. I would be interested in medical stuff, but I’m far too squeamish. We looked at 9 EIS funds before settling on Beers.