OCC Launch 20

What is it?

OCC Launch 20 is an initiative delivered by Old College Capital, the University of Edinburgh’s venture investment fund. Launch 20 invests at the earliest pre-seed stage to help founders explore, experiment and build traction. This investment could support companies to develop their technology or proof of concept, validate their idea with a customer, or make initial commercial progress.

The DDE Seed Fund ran from 2021-2022, and is no longer open to applications. However, Old College Capital offers similar support to founders through its OCC Launch 20 initiative.

Who can apply?

You can apply for OCC Launch 20 funding if you are associated with the University of Edinburgh and the founder of a pre-seed company that has raised less than £250k of investment since incorporation.

You should be able to commit sufficient time to develop your business in line with your business plan.

Why should you apply?

The Launch 20 initiative offers a range of benefits for early-stage companies:

  • Financial support at an early but crucial stage of company development, which can be used flexibly to accelerate your company’s development.
  • Investment which will be made via a simple agreement designed to convert into equity on the terms of a future funding round.
  • The support of the Old College Capital Investment Management team who are experienced at helping fund and support early-stage companies.
  • Investor feedback as well as the expertise of Edinburgh Innovations’ advisors and business networks.
  • Increased credibility for and confidence in your business.

Applications are accepted twice yearly.

Find out more or contact the team.