An emphasis on exit-planning

Author: Oliver Woolley, James Kirk (

Categories: Cash flow, Exit strategy, Funding
Tags: EIS, Envestors, exit strategy, investors, private companies
Exit-planning can never be given too much emphasis according to Oliver Woolley, who discuses investor attitudes to exits in this TV show.

 Investors and exit-planning

Most of our investors, we say they walk into the room backwards. In other words the moment they go in they’re looking for how they’re going to get their money out. And one of the biggest challenges for our investors is the fact they’ve got a lot of money tied up in illiquid stock, ie private, unquoted companies. And so what we focus on is exit-planning for companies, almost from you know, within the first six months of putting the investment in. And under EIS the investment has to be in there for a minimum of three years, so we’re typically looking for businesses to exit within the three to five year period.

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