Octopus Future Generations VCT

open Open for new investment
Next application deadline: 21 October 2022
Next allotment date: 24 October 2022

Octopus Future Generations VCT

open Open for new investment
Next application deadline: 21 October 2022
Next allotment date: 24 October 2022

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 teams and manager of the UK’s largest VCT, Octopus Titan VCT1 . Octopus Ventures have built a reputation for backing innovative businesses that have gone on to be household names, including Depop, Cazoo 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.

Specific risks of a new VCT 

Octopus Future Generations VCT is a new VCT. This means there are some additional factors 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.
  • At the very start of its life, the VCT won’t have any investments in its portfolio, but it will make investments over time (or as soon as possible).
  • While the VCT is building up its investments, the portfolio will naturally be more concentrated in fewer company’s shares. 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/more diversified.
  • All investments are expected to be 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 new VCT. This means there are some additional factors investors 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.
  • At the very start of its life, the VCT won’t have any investments in its portfolio, but it will make investments over time (or as soon as possible).
  • While the VCT is building up its investments, the portfolio will naturally be more concentrated in fewer company’s shares. 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/more diversified.
  • All investments are expected to be 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.

Loyalty discount

Existing Octopus VCT investors who invest in Octopus Future Generations VCT will also qualify for a 1% loyalty discount.

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Quit Genius is a digital clinic that allows users to access a proven treatment programme for substance addiction 100% remotely. So far, their product has achieved a smoking quit rate of 53% and they’re already the number one digital clinic for substance addictions 2 .

Wefarm is the world’s largest digital network that specialises in connecting farmers to one another. Utilising the latest machine-learning technology, Wefarm generates bespoke information for farmers. This helps them increase yields, gain insight into pricing, tackle the effects of climate change and diversify their agricultural interests.

OLIO is a food sharing app that connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away. To date, five million people have joined the OLIO community and they’ve shared 40 million portions of food, and counting³ .

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 10p. 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 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 10p. 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

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.

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.

1The Association of Investment Companies, January 2022.

2Quit Genius, December 2021.

 ³ OLIO, January 2022.

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.