What we do

Ambition, motivation and innovation

Tern invests in companies, with proven technology, based in the UK but with global ambition.

We look for well-motivated teams who are building innovative high growth businesses harnessing software to create or disrupt markets.

We predominantly invest in sectors associated with the IoT,  where we have the expertise, contacts and enthusiasm to make a difference.

We invest in, or acquire, established software businesses with revenue streams and existing Intellectual Property either to:

  • Add value by improving capital efficiencies and building sales and marketing strategies to increase market penetration in the UK and overseas. Or,
  • Take equity positions in capitalised market leaders with near term value potential

Why Tern

Opportunities, investment and growth strategies

Unlike many of our peers, we invest in only a handful of companies in a given period. This means we have the time to be a committed and hands on partner, invariably taking an active position on the Board of our investments. We provide our investments with...

To ensure your business has the financial agility to grow and grab opportunities we’ll inject the necessary capital.

We support the leadership team in all areas of running a company including overall strategy, finance, HR, marketing, sales, legal and operations management. If one of our directors hasn’t got the skill set and experience needed then we’ll bring it in from our extensive network of influential, market-leading contacts.

With collective experience in the IT space amounting to 100 years touching over 50 businesses, we have an impressive network of connections that can help create new supply chains, build your team out or close deals.

Our business model

 Tern Diagram 2018 v2

Criteria for investment

We don’t have a checklist but generally our investments share features including:

  • UK based and privately owned
  • North American and global opportunity
  • Strong and committed management team
  • Operating in the Cloud or IoT space
  • Disruptive technology with own IP
  • 36-60 month value realisation cycle dependent on maturity of business on investment

Ready to pitch?

Every month Tern has an open office day where invited companies can pitch their investment opportunity. To book your place on our next day, fill in our form here.

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