Funding and grants

Accessing finance and attracting investment

Accessing finance and attracting investment

Our Entrepreneurship and Investment team can help you find sources of finance, engage with funders and secure investment to grow your business. Providing expert support and advice, we can help you access a range of funding options, including our own co-investment funding opportunities and loan funding.

Free expert support from our Entrepreneurship and Investment team

Our Entrepreneurship and Investment team (formerly the Scottish Investment Bank) is continuing to invest and support early-stage companies and the investment market, including inward investment opportunities. We can offer support and advice and can help you access a range of funding, including bank funding, equity funding, loan funding and grants.

We'll help prepare your business to have the best chances of applying successfully for funding. We can:

  • Guide you through the complexities of different funding options
  • Find the right growth funding for you from the right funder
  • Prepare your business to successfully access these funds
  • Help you pitch to investors

Our co-investment funds

If your business has high growth potential, we can also offer co-investment funding. This is where we co-invest funds into your business alongside private investors, including business angels, angel syndicates, venture capital groups and corporate investors.

Scottish Co-Investment Fund

Are you a Scottish start-up, early-stage or growing company seeking investment to develop products and/or markets? We can match fund accredited investment partners to support your growth plans.

Scottish Venture Fund

Seeking funding to develop products and/or markets? This flexible equity gap fund invests alongside private sector investors, offering equity funding of up to £2 million.

Loan funding

We can also provide loan funding. If you're a growth-focused Scottish company, the Scottish Loan Scheme can provide loan funding of £250,000 to £2 million. 

Loans can be used for a variety of purposes, including:

  • Working capital
  • Capital expenditure
  • Growth funding
  • International expansion
  • Marketing investment

Scottish Loan Scheme details 

How we can help your business to secure investment

Get in touch to access support

If you’d like help finding investors, deciding the right finance option for you, preparing for and securing funding, or understanding Scotland’s risk finance market, get in touch today.

Our business finance guides

Finance options for your business

Work out whether debt finance or equity finance is right for your business.

The advice of a business mentor can be invaluable

Becoming investor ready

Interested in attracting investors to your business? Find out how to prepare.

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Using your business plan to raise finance

Your business plan can be a useful tool when it comes to securing funding from banks, investors and other sources.

Other sources of finance

Your funding and grants options

We can connect you to a range of external sources of funding, help you understand your options, offer support and advice, and in some cases, offer funding from our own sources. 


We also provide funding into LendingCrowd, Scotland’s marketplace lender providing loans to SMEs.

Maven UK Regional Buyout Fund

Private equity funding of £5 million to £15 million for management buyouts (MBOs).

Interested in becoming an accredited investment partner?

If you become one of our accredited investment partners, we’ll match you with small and medium-sized businesses to help them reach their growth potential. We work with private sector investors from around the world and we're always keen to receive applications from a wide range of investors.

Our private investors include business angels, angel syndicates, venture capital groups and corporate investors.

If your application is successful, we'll work with you to identify investment opportunities, undertake due diligence and negotiate terms of any deal. If there's a funding gap, Scottish Enterprise will consider co-investing with you.

More on applying for accredited partner status