Singapore, 11 November 2016: Today, London and Singapore-based Milltrust International announces the launch of the British Innovation Fund, a new initiative to direct much needed international and domestic institutional capital into the UK University originated venture sector to commercialise world-leading IP, with a strong focus on agri science and technology.

“Recent concerns have been voiced that BREXIT will jeopardise funding for the development and subsequent commercialisation of key science, patents and technologies coming out of the leading U.K. universities. The British Innovation Fund has been established in direct response to these concerns. The fund has already received the backing of a major UK Local Authority Pension Fund as well as a number of overseas sovereign wealth funds and institutions”, confirmed Simon Hopkins, CEO of Milltrust International, the lead investment advisor

The fund will be advised by an investment committee comprised of members of the Milltrust team, led by Griff Williams, CIO and co-founder of Milltrust Agricultural Investments, in conjunction with investment professionals from Future Planet Capital (FPC), a London-based investment advisor, focused on the new economy.

“We are delighted to have formed a unique collaboration with FPC for the British Innovation Fund, bringing to the table the significant experience of a team of professionals that complements our own skills and extends a deep reach into the universities with whom we are partnering”, said Mr Williams.

The British Innovation Fund will invest into two major university ventures on launch but has identified total capacity of over £500m, which means the opportunity to increase its commitments will enable it to build a meaningful pool, and provide much needed capital to these companies.

Douglas Hansen Luke, CEO of Future Planet Capital said, “We are delighted to support the British Innovation Fund. It is fortuitous to have found such a compatible set of skills in those shared by the combined forces of both Milltrust and FPC. This collaboration gives FPC a UK partnership which we can really rely on as the cornerstone for the British component of our international mandate”.

About Milltrust International Group
Milltrust International (“Milltrust”), the fast growing investment management platform, is an award-winning global investment organisation located in Singapore and London which offers investment advisory expertise focused on emerging markets, in liquid investments, real assets investments, and customised wealth management structuring for our affiliate’s regulated wealth management clients in Singapore.

Milltrust is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom and our affiliate East India Capital Management is regulated by the Monetary Authority of Singapore. The Group is owned and managed by an experienced team that has been investing institutional capital for more than two decades. Milltrust’s investment solutions are specifically adapted for sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, banks, insurance companies, corporates, family offices and charitable endowments, which make up the majority of the firm’s clients.  – UK: +442081238369 – Singapore – +65 6225 3052

About Milltrust Agricultural Investments (“MAI”)
Milltrust Agricultural Investments (“MAI”) is a specialist investment advisor which currently overseas significant institutional capital invested in farmland assets, leveraging a broad international network of leading local agricultural partners. It offers institutional investors access to farmland portfolios diversified across geographies, climates and crops and, separately, provides corporate advisory and undertakes capital raising activities for agricultural projects. We have two key asset management strategies: Global Diversified & Buy & Lease. MAI is also an advisor to the British Innovation Fund, sponsoring and investing into technology from UK universities.

About Future Planet Capital (“FPC”)
Future Planet Capital is an investor-led, co-investment platform giving the world’s largest investors scale-efficient access to innovation. Future Planet will invest with and alongside the best managers in top university clusters around the globe to profitably address and impact the world’s biggest challenges. In addition to its profit-first objective of a 25%+ IRR, FPC will provide investors with a global first-look at innovation and allow them to co-invest for break-through returns in the areas of Education, Climate Change, Global Public Health, Security and Sustainable Growth. FPC is also an advisor to the British Innovation Fund