Our Business

Par Equity is an investment firm with a difference.  We bring a pragmatic, hands on investment approach and extensive business experience to investment opportunities that have the potential for significant returns. The key to our approach is the deployment of operational experience, both from Par's executives and from Par's Advisory Panel.  The Advisory Panel consists of experienced, successful entrepreneurs, investors and business people who can inform our investment decisions and, subsequently, add value to investee companies.

We aim to provide Investors with access to a range of investment possibilities that we are developing under the Par Equity umbrella. Our model targets innovative, high return investment opportunities where we can add significant value.  Par executives and Par Advisers invest in fund opportunities, aligning our interests with those of our external investors.

Par Equity invests as a managed fund (Par Innovation Fund I LP) and as the co-ordinator of a business angel syndicate (The Par Syndicate) and has recently launched the Par Syndicate EIS Fund, which will invest alongside the Par Syndicate.

Par Innovation Fund I LP

Par Innovation Fund I is our initial fund offering and provides venture capital for post revenue, innovative companies.

Par Syndicate

Par Equity also supports and administers a highly active business angel network called the Par Syndicate.  Syndicate members have privileged access to opportunities to invest in high growth potential, innovative companies.  Members make their own investment decisions and invest directly in the companies.  These investments often qualify for EIS relief.

Contact us

Please call us on our office number if you would like more information +44 (0)131 5560044.


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Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Mallzee, the personalised shopping app turns down Dragons offer of £75K investment and goes on to raise £2.5 million instead! Mallzee, the original personalised shopping app – commonly dubbed ‘Tinder for Fashion’ has in the 18 months, since launch, become one of the most popular shopping apps throughout the world and today’s announcement that it has closed a £2.5 million funding round will allow it to further innovate the m-commerce space and scale its global offering. » Read more

Monday, 8 June 2015
Symphonic receives significant funding to accelerate the development of its next-generation Identity and Access Management software. Symphonic Trust provides a Common Authorisation Layer to facilitate secure data access and information sharing in complex, highly regulated environments involving multiple organisations or multiple technologies. » Read more

Money Dashboard
Monday, 26 January 2015
Money Dashboard, the Edinburgh-based personal finance platform, has said it raised a further £2.5 million between August and November last year, bringing total funding to £5.2m in 12 months. The funding, led by private equity manager Calculus Capital, included investment from Ariadne Capital, Par Equity, and The Scottish Investment Bank, and adds to the initial £2.7m investment made in November 2013. » Read more

Monday, 1 December 2014
Dukosi Ltd, an Edinburgh-based developer of battery management and optimisation technology for electric vehicles, today announces an equity funding of £1m to develop its electric vehicle battery management technology into commercial products. The funding was led by IP Group plc, and was also supported by existing shareholders Par Equity and Scottish Investment Bank (the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise). » Read more

Par Syndicate EIS Fund to invest in innovative small-medium-sized companies with high growth potential...Read more»
Flightman: Croatia Airlines Go-live with Flightman?s Electronic Flight Bag Software Flightman today announced that Croatia Airlines have successfully gone live with their suite of EFB applications, including Flight Briefing, Content Management and the Flightman Ground Administrative Manager applications across their A320 aircraft. The onboard applications are integrated with existing Croatia Continue reading
16 Jul 2015
miiCard: Latest Online Identity News Review Wednesday, July 15th 2015 Here's the latest online identity news stories from around the world. This installation spans April through to June, 2015 and includes more than 50 articles relating to trust, identity, fraud and various government initiatives working to solve what is quickly becoming one of the biggest challenges in our global, digital economy - proving you are who you say you are in a purely online environment. To see how the issue of trust online is building please take a look through our previous timelines - May 2015 : Online Identity News Round Up November 2014 : Global Online Identity News Topics:Online Trust, Identity News, Identity Protection
15 Jul 2015
miiCard: miiCard joins the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) Wednesday, July 8th 2015 Empowering citizens with secure and trusted online identities is high on the priority list for many countries throughout the globe and we are really pleased to see the collaboration of government and enterprise taking off in many of the countries we operate. As such we are pleased to announce miiCard has joined the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC), a nonprofit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canadian citizens full and secure participation in the global digital economy. miiCard CEO James Varga said "The internet lacks, and always has, a layer of trust. As we continue to do more and more online, as the value of what we do continues to increase, the need to be able to create trust now more than ever is paramount." "Canadian households are connected to an ever-increasing number of online services. High trust services such as banking, Government programs, healthcare and communications are growing quickly and DIACC is strongly positioned to help shape the Canadian experience in the global digital economy. miiCard brings international experience in trusted online identities to the DIACC coalition. Working together, we can help to achieve the DIACC goals with: Consumer centric online identities founded on trust. privacy, control and convenience Greater levels of trust online, equivalent to physical checks to facilitate secure transactions Interoperability, cross-border solutions to scale a truly global trust ecosystem Aran Hamilton, DIACC President: We are excited to add miiCard to the growing DIACC family. The internet knows no borders, and connecting with international partners will help Canadians remain at the forefront of the online economy. About the Digital ID and Authentication Council of Canada (DIACC) Created as a result of the federal governments Task Force for the Payments System Review, the DIACC is a nonprofit coalition of public and private sector leaders committed to developing a Canadian digital identification and authentication framework to enable Canadians full and secure participation the global digital economy. DIACC members include representatives from both the federal and provincial levels of government as well as private sector leaders. The DIACCs objective is to unlock economic opportunities for Canadian consumers, and businesses by providing the framework to develop a robust, secure, scalable and privacy enhancing digital identification and authentication ecosystem that will decrease costs for governments, consumers, and business while improving service delivery and driving GDP growth. Visit DIACC here Topics:Online Trust, miiCard
08 Jul 2015
miiCard: American Banker - How Banks Can Help Fix the Broken Identity System Penny Crosman,Editor in Chief of Bank Technology News at American Banker interviews miiCard CEO James Varga about why we can't continue to relyon personal information for online identity verification and how we can fix it using the banks as a source of trust. The two-part video series looks firstly at the problems with relying on personal data in online verification,and then at therole of the banks as a trusted source for consumer's to prove their identity without oversharing their information. Watch the videos here : Part 1 : TMI? Consumers have little choice Part 2 : How banks can help fix the broken identity system
08 Jun 2015
miiCard: miiCard joins FData to give consumers more control over their finances Thursday, May 21st 2015 We are pleased to announce miiCard has joined FData, the United Kingdom's trade association for financial technology companies looking to give customers more control of their financial data. As a "digital passport"miiCard is strivingto put the consumer at the core of theironline identity, togive them complete control over when, where and how their identity and information is shared online.Financial data is core tothis, not only for the strength and trust it builds in our online identities but also for the value our financial profilecan provide us as consumers in the digital economy. "Identity and data is a core part of accessing financial products, payments and everyday life. The digital environment we operate in today demands amore trusted and secure way for us to share this information. Paper based bank statements and self-reported income just aren't enough these days both from a data protection standpoint and also fraud risk.As an industry we need to work together to bring consumers the convenience, security, trust and confidence they need to transaction online. FDatarepresents a sector of the industry that fundamentally believes in consumer empowerment and inclusion based on the control of their personal data and we are pleased to be involved in driving these initiatives forward," said miiCard CEO James Varga. Andy Maciver, Director of FData said"We're delighted to have miiCard on board as a member. We're on a journey in this country to giving the consumer real power over their financial lives, and being able to verify identity is obviously a huge part of that. miiCard brings the knowledge of that identity security to our group and will play a significant role as we continue to discuss the next steps in open data with the government, regulators and other stakeholders." About FData The Financial Data and Technology Association is a trade association for financial technology ("fintech") companies which give customers more control of their financial data. Our member companies provide innovative financial applications and services to empower consumers to make better decisions and take fuller control of their financial lives across all their accounts, credit cards, loans and investments. We seek to work with government, regulatory authorities and financial institutions in our mission to create and manage clear industry standards which will ease the opening up of Britains financial sector to the benefits of financial data and technology. Visit FData here Topics:Financial Services, Online Trust
21 May 2015
miiCard: The Guardian - Fintech revolutionaries storm the barricades of traditional banking The worlds hungriest entrepreneurial and tech talent are in the vanguard of a financial insurgency and investors are backing them, writes Jon Card. miiCard is listed in the top 5 fintech companies to watch alongside Nutmeg, Droplet, Elliptic and Bizdaq. Read the full article here :Fintech revolutionaries storm the barricades of traditional banking
08 May 2015