You have some cash saved in a rainy-day fund. You’ve invested sensibly in a diverse portfolio that contains a mix of low-cost trackers and well-managed investment funds. But now you want to add a bit of excitement to this financial cocktail.

If this describes you, then there are a few ways to go about it, but we’re going to explore two options: investing in scaleups listed on the UK’s Alternative Investment Market (Aim), and backing startups through the enterprise investment scheme (EIS).

Let’s start with Aim. This is an index of the country’s smallest companies with the potential for rapid growth.

Since Aim’s launch in 1995, more than 3,000 companies have been listed on the index, raising £60bn in new investment capital to fund their growth. Since 2000, more than 100 stocks that originally listed on Aim – including Domino’s Pizza, specialist insurer Hiscox, and self-storage supplier Big Yellow – have gone on to become stalwarts on the larger mainstream markets such as the FTSE 250.

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