We are incredibly proud to have now deployed more than £100m into high-growth tech companies, demonstrating the tremendous progress made by everyone in the Par community.
We’ve dramatically stepped up our investment activity and ticket size over the last 2 years - a reflection of the fantastic tech talent emerging across the North of the UK - and there’s much more to be done! £100m and counting…
Commercial forestry as an alternative asset class has an exciting future, with accelerating interest due to the carbon sequestration potential and the launch of tradable carbon credits. As governments, businesses and consumers adopt a net zero mindset, commercial forestry is likely to play a critical role in achieving the targets they set. Crossing the £100m mark for money deployed into young technology companies is a fantastic achievement. I’m grateful to everyone in the Par community for the work they’ve put in over the past 13 years. We’ve built a strong platform for growth and we are excited about our future investment opportunities, both in terms of our venture capital and commercial forestry interests.
Over the past few years we’ve seen the confluence of a maturing, successful portfolio and an accelerating technology M&A market, and because we often see a recycling of capital and talent, successful exits like Current Health have the potential to sling-shot exciting new ventures, like Artus, onto greater things. As investors in the next generation of tech talent, we seek to evolve our investment criteria and ways of working to find and build exciting companies. For example, when it comes to ESG we’ve developed a new initiative, ESG_VC, with several of our peers to help early-stage companies measure, monitor and improve their ESG credentials. The associated framework is supported by more than 100 VCs in the UK, Europe and the US.