As the principals of Seismic we bring practical hands-on experience to venture investing. Having acted as both advisers and principals we have the entrepreneurial skills and expertise to not only source but to support the development and growth of our investee companies.
Entrepreneurs come to Seismic for direct support and advice that they won’t get through crowdfunding. Investors come to us to invest in UK businesses and if eligible can use the investment as part of a tax efficient investment strategy, we service the needs of Professional Clients and Retail Investors in an active and managed network.
Through the sEISmic Opportunities Fund we are taking a deliberately focused approach to portfolio investing targeting an annualised IRR of >30% based around common themes and an investor’s code of ethics.
I’ve gained both corporate finance and banking experience acting as a principal and adviser for over 20 years.
Starting at UBS Warburg in the late 90’s I went on to spend 7 years at Goldman Sachs, operating and managing teams across Fixed Income & Foreign Exchange. In 2007 I set my sights on completing my MBA, during which I consulted for a number of clients including Moto Hospitality with a focus on sustainability and the environment.
Following the completion of the MBA, I joined AeroThermal as the Group Commercial Director, I oversaw the 2008/9 capital raising for that business from a Family Office and two Venture Capital Fund investors. This, coupled with the commercialisation of the firms proprietary engineered products led to an exit in 2012.
Seeing the ever widening gap in the SME capital raising market, I set up Seismic Venture Partners to raise capital for niche businesses whose management team’s offered something special. Since starting out, Seismic has raised over £13m into over 20 individual businesses as well as obtaining its fund management permissions as a Directly Regulated AIFM.
I am especially proud of the opportunities that Seismic has raised capital for, the products and entrepreneurs that Seismic has supported along the way and the platform that I’ve created to support entrepreneurial led businesses.
Tristan Lloyd-Baker is on the FCA Register as IRN TRL01034.
I have worked in corporate turnaround and corporate finance both as a principal and adviser for over 25 years.
As a principal, I worked in a VC backed start-up which was sold to Reuters. I then helped set up a FTSE100 corporate incubator before completing my MBA and working with Henley Incubator and several blue-chip clients including BT and Unilever focusing on corporate venturing and fostering ‘intrapreneurship’.
As a partner in Lloyd-Baker & Associates LLP, we sourced the acquisition of one of the UK’s oldest engineering companies, Hayward Tyler. Becoming the CEO I reversed the company into an AIM listed PLC and with a new operational team restructured the main operating company including building a new Centre of Excellence. Hayward Tyler won numerous industry awards including the Queen’s Award for Export and I was granted an honorary doctorate in recognition of my services to manufacturing.
Having acquired another ‘orphan’ British engineering company, Peter Brotherhood, from Dresser Rand (now Siemens) the enlarged group was bought by Avingtrans plc in a £50m transaction and I subsequently became a non-executive Director of the enlarged group.
Having completed a successful handover I resigned from the Avingtrans plc Board in Nov’18 to pursue my other interests. I’ve since co-founded a SaaS business focused on digital twinning and optimising the flowlines of products and services in factories using predictive simulation and set up an FCA authorised financial services business operating in the consumer credit lending space.
Ewan Lloyd-Baker is on the FCA Register as IRN EWL01011.
Investing in early-stage companies involves risks, including illiquidity, lack of dividends, loss of investment and dilution, and it should be done only as part of a diversified portfolio. Seismic’s offerings are targeted exclusively at investors who are sufficiently sophisticated to understand these risks and make their own investment decisions.
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Seismic Venture Partners Ltd is an Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM), specialising in venture capital and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under FRN 784448.
Seismic Venture Partners Ltd is Registered in England & Wales No.09249524. The Registered Office address is at No.17 Cosway Street, London NW1 5NR.