Everyone wants to back the next big thing. Whether it is an up-and-coming band, a promising sports star or a growing tech business, there is a thrill in being ahead of the crowd.

There is also high risk involved in picking the outsider. That is why enterprise investment schemes (EIS) exist. They connect start-up businesses with capital in return for tax relief. The relief on offer is generous, and it needs to be as the investments are very risky.

An EIS fund will typically hold several businesses. Some will fail quite quickly, some will struggle later on, and a few will survive and thrive. EIS-backed businesses often have an exciting mission and a story to tell, especially in times of rapid technological innovation and environmental challenge.

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