Don’t invest unless you’re prepared to lose all your money. These are high-risk investments and you are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong.
Risk summary for non-readily realisable securities which are shares:
Last updated: 19 October 2022
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Due to the potential for losses, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) considers this investment to be high risk.
What are the key risks?
1. You could lose all the money you invest.
If the business you invest in fails, you are likely to lose 100% of the money you invested. Most start-up businesses fail.
2. You are unlikely to be protected if something goes wrong.
The business offering this investment is not regulated by the FCA. Protection from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) only considers claims against failed regulated firms. Learn more about FSCS protection here. https://www.fscs.org.uk/what-we-cover/investments/
Protection from the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) does not cover poor investment performance. If you have a complaint against an FCA-regulated firm, FOS may be able to consider it. Learn more about FOS protection here. https://www.financial-ombudsman.org.uk/consumers
3. You won’t get your money back quickly.
Even if the business you invest in is successful, it may take several years to get your money back. You are unlikely to be able to sell your investment early.
The most likely way to get your money back is if the business is bought by another business or lists its shares on an exchange such as the London Stock Exchange. These events are not common.
If you are investing in a start-up business, you should not expect to get your money back through dividends. Start-up businesses rarely pay these.
4. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
Putting all your money into a single business or type of investment, for example, is risky. Spreading your money across different investments makes you less dependent on anyone to do well.
A good rule of thumb is not to invest more than 10% of your money in high-risk investments. Read more about it here. https://www.fca.org.uk/investsmart/5-questions-ask-you-invest
5. The value of your investment can be reduced.
The percentage of the business that you own will decrease if the business issues more shares. This could mean that the value of your investment reduces, depending on how much the business grows. Most start-up businesses issue multiple rounds of shares.
These new shares could have additional rights that your shares don’t have, such as the right to receive a fixed dividend, which could further reduce your chances of getting a return on your investment.
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England’s teaching staff job satisfaction is the lowest globally against comparable economies, with a third of teachers reportedly suffering from increased stress levels and poor mental health. Staff wellbeing in schools has long been under prioritised and lack of support sees 30% of teachers leave the profession within the first 5 years of employment.
Welbee founder, Mark Solomons, came to Nova having spent 10 years working with senior educational staff to improve leadership behaviours and culture in their schools. He understood the importance of staff wellbeing on a school’s performance, and noticed the lack of tools available to support them.
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Since our investment and working with Nova
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“Nova helped Welbee establish a clear process for understanding our customers and what they needed. As a result we have built a product that has gained traction and put us in a strong position for scaling and growth much more quickly.”
Mark Solomans, founder of Welbee
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Investments of this nature carry risks to your capital. The risks include illiquidity where shares may not be able to be sold easily, lack of dividends and dilution. Past performance is not indicative of future returns. Investors should only invest a proportion of their available investment funds into Nova Cofoundery SEIS & EIS Fund as these investments are high risk.
The availability of any tax relief, including EIS and SEIS, depends on the individual circumstances of each investor and of the company concerned, is only available for UK investors in qualifying companies and may be subject to change in the future. If you are in any doubt about the availability of any tax reliefs, or the tax treatment of your investment, you should obtain independent tax advice before proceeding with your investment.
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