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Octopus Future Generations VCT

open Open for new investment

The next Future Generations VCT allotment is expected to be in October 2023

Octopus Future Generations VCT

open Open for new investment

The next Future Generations VCT allotment is expected to be in October 2023

Octopus Future Generations VCT invests in businesses that are helping to build a sustainable planet, empower people, or revitalise healthcare.

We think these businesses have the potential to transform the world for the better as well as delivering the best returns for investors over the coming decades. Why?

  • Because tackling society’s biggest challenges means there is a huge market opportunity for those who can tackle them
  • Because the demand for solutions to the planet’s challenges is urgent and growing
  • And because people increasingly want to buy from and work for businesses that make a positive difference in the world

The VCT is managed by Octopus Ventures, one of Europe’s most experienced venture capital investment teams1 and manager of the UK’s largest VCT, Octopus Titan VCT2. Octopus Ventures have built a reputation for backing innovative businesses that have gone on to be household names, including Depop, Graze and Zoopla.

Reasons to invest

Growth potential

VCTs invest in early-stage companies at the beginning of their growth journey. These have the potential to grow faster than larger companies.

Proven management

We work with the companies we back to support their growth, whether that’s taking a seat on the board, helping them expand overseas or introducing them to industry experts.

Diversification

Through a VCT investors gain access to unquoted smaller companies. Unquoted businesses have a unique profile and can diversify an investment portfolio.

Tax reliefs

Income tax relief equal to 30% of the amount invested up to the first £200,000 of investment.

Tax-free capital gains and dividends. Find out more.

Risks to bear in mind

Capital at risk

The value of an investment, and income from it can fall as well as rise. Investors could end up getting back less than they invest.

Tax treatment

Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and tax rules could change in the future.

Volatility and liquidity

VCT shares could fall or rise in value more than other shares listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They may also be harder to sell.

VCT qualification status

Tax reliefs depend on the VCT maintaining its qualifying status.

If you’re ready to apply and understand the key risk associated with Octopus Future Generations VCT, you can apply now below.

Risks to bear in mind

Capital at risk

The value of an investment, and income from it can fall as well as rise. Investors could end up getting back less than they invest.

Tax treatment

Tax treatment depends on individual circumstances and tax rules could change in the future.

Volatility and liquidity

VCT shares could fall or rise in value more than other shares listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. They may also be harder to sell.

VCT qualification status

Tax reliefs depend on the VCT maintaining its qualifying status.

Specific risks of a new VCT 

Octopus Future Generations VCT is a young VCT. There are additional risks you’ll want to consider before deciding to invest:

  • As this VCT is at the beginning of its journey, it will take time to deploy the money raised into companies we consider to be good investment opportunities.
  • The VCT doesn’t have as many investments in its portfolio as older VCTs do, but this will increase over time.
  • While the VCT is building up its investments, the portfolio will naturally be more concentrated in fewer companies. This means that the performance of the VCT will be more sensitive to the success and/or failure of these investments than if the portfolio of investments was greater in number.
  • Most investments are made into companies of similar age and size. This differs from established VCTs which often gives investors exposure to a mixture of new, maturing and mature companies.
  • The long-term target is to pay an annual dividend of 5% of the NAV however, given the expected holding period of target investee companies and changes to VCT rules in 2014, it is very unlikely the Octopus Future Generations VCT will be able to pay dividends before 1 July 2025. During this time any growth will increase the value of the VCT.

Specific risks of a new VCT 

Octopus Future Generations VCT is a young VCT. There are additional risks an investor will want to consider before deciding to invest:

  • As this VCT is at the beginning of its journey, it will take time to deploy the money raised into companies we consider to be good investment opportunities.
  • The VCT doesn’t have as many investments in its portfolio as older VCTs do, but this will increase over time.
  • While the VCT is building up its investments, the portfolio will naturally be more concentrated in fewer companies. This means that the performance of the VCT will be more sensitive to the success and/or failure of these investments than if the portfolio of investments was greater in number.
  • Most investments are made into companies of similar age and size. This differs from established VCTs which often gives investors exposure to a mixture of new, maturing and mature companies.
  • The long-term target is to pay an annual dividend of 5% of the NAV however, given the expected holding period of target investee companies and changes to VCT rules in 2014, it is very unlikely the Octopus Future Generations VCT will be able to pay dividends before 1 July 2025. During this time any growth will increase the value of the VCT.

Investing across three themes

Octopus Future Generations VCT benefits from the same deal pipeline and assessment process as some of our existing venture capital investment products. The VCT also ensures that businesses we back fall within one of its three core investment themes.

Building a sustainable planet

These businesses aim to reduce carbon emissions, protect a range of ecosystems, or create a circular economy that removes waste.

Empowering people

These businesses aim to improve access to digital learning, make financial advice available to the masses, or provide valuable cybersecurity solutions.

Revitalising healthcare

These businesses aim to help people conquer addictions or create software that will help to make essential healthcare and digital services more efficient.

Neat provides embedded insurance. That’s the kind that’s bundled with a product, for example if you buy from an online retailer and choose to add accidental damage cover. Neat also makes sure the products it protects are repaired or reconditioned, not automatically thrown away or replaced, reducing the environmental impact.

Cobee is a fully digital solution that simplifies employee benefits management. Using the app and Cobee Visa card, they’re able to create a completely flexible compensation package, and the platform allows complete control over all employee benefits in a single place, with no intermediaries or external suppliers involved.

Oto is a digital health start-up that helps people with overlooked chronic conditions get their life back. Its first product is a digital programme that teaches people to manage tinnitus – a condition commonly experienced as ringing in the ears. The programme uses science-based therapy delivered via a mobile app at a fraction of the cost of in person treatment.

Discover some of the other companies that Octopus Future Generations VCT has backed.

Fund highlights

Net asset value (NAV)

As at 31 December 2022

95.1p

Funds under management

As at 10 March 2023

£42.4m

Number of holdings

As at 18 January 2023

18

If you are investing in Octopus Future Generations VCT through a financial adviser, you can ask for an initial advice charge for the investment ⁴ to be paid on your behalf through the VCT. For other options on ways to invest, view page 27 of the brochure.

 
Upfront charges Initial fee (to Octopus) 3%
Ongoing annual charges Effective annual management charge (to Octopus) 2%
Non-investment services fee (to Octopus)0.3%
Performance fees ⁵

20%

If you’re investing through a financial adviser, the VCT can facilitate an initial advice fee of up to 4.5%. Please note that any initial advice charges you pay to your adviser will not be eligible for income tax relief.

Please note the VCT is unable to facilitate ongoing adviser charges.

⁵ We want our investments to do what we say they will and we want to align ourselves with the long term investment objectives of shareholders. A way in which we do this is by applying a performance fee on the gains made. In order for Octopus to receive this performance fee we must meet three conditions. Firstly, the performance fee cannot be paid until 1 July 2025. Secondly, the VCT’s Total Return (NAV plus cumulative dividends paid) at the previous year-end must exceed 120p and thirdly shareholders must have received cumulative dividends of a minimum of 12p. If all of these conditions are met, then 20% of the excess above the starting NAV of 97p will be paid to Octopus. For full details on the performance fee and other fees please see the prospectus and Key Information Document (KID).

For Octopus Future Generations VCT, we’re able to facilitate an initial advice charge for the investment ⁴. This can be paid on your client’s behalf through the VCT.

 Advised (initial only)
Upfront charges Initial fee (to Octopus) 3%
Adviser charges Up to 4.5%
Ongoing annual charges Effective annual management charge (to Octopus) 2%
Non-investment services fee (to Octopus) 0.3%
Performance fees ⁵20%

Please note that any initial advice charges your client pays you will not be eligible for income tax relief.

Please note the VCT is unable to facilitate ongoing adviser charges.

⁵ We want our investments to do what we say they will and we want to align ourselves with the long term investment objectives of shareholders. A way in which we do this is by applying a performance fee on the gains made. In order for Octopus to receive this performance fee we must meet three conditions. Firstly, the performance fee cannot be paid until 1 July 2025. Secondly, the VCT’s Total Return (NAV plus cumulative dividends paid) at the previous year-end must exceed 120p and thirdly shareholders must have received cumulative dividends of a minimum of 12p. If all of these conditions are met, then 20% of the excess above the starting NAV of 97p will be paid to Octopus. For full details on the performance fee and other fees please see the prospectus and Key Information Document (KID).

Key documents

Octopus Future Generations VCT ProspectusDownload
Octopus Future Generations VCT BrochureDownload
Octopus Future Generations VCT Product OverviewDownload
Octopus Future Generations VCT Key Information DocumentDownload
Octopus Future Generations VCT Annual Report 2022Download
Octopus Future Generations VCT Responsible Investment PolicyDownload
Octopus Future Generations VCT Half-Yearly ReportDownload

How to invest:

Minimum investment is £3,000.

Investors can choose to invest via bank transfer, cheque or banker’s draft.

Investors can only claim tax relief on VCT investments of up to £200,000 in any single tax year.

We will allot investors’ VCT shares at the next available allotment date.

You can submit an application online. Our online application form is quick and easy to use and will only take a few minutes to complete.

How to invest:

Minimum investment is £3,000

You can choose to invest via bank transfer, cheque or banker’s draft.

You can only claim tax relief on VCT investments of up to £200,000 in any single tax year.

We will allot your VCT shares at the next available allotment date.

You can submit an application online. Our online application form is quick and easy to use and will only take a few minutes to complete.

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Please read: We do not offer investment or tax advice, and we always recommend investors talk to a financial adviser before making investment decisions. This advertisement is not a prospectus. Investors should only subscribe for shares on the basis of information contained in the prospectus and Key Information Documents (KID), which are available in the document section of this page.