The democratisation of finance has been one of the key investment narratives of the last year, as investors flock to DIY platforms and apps with a big appetite for growth shares.

But while investors may want a slice of the tech sector, by the time many exciting companies come to list on the stock market they may have missed out on some of their most explosive growth periods.

Venture capital trusts, however, are an opportunity for investors to back companies at their earliest stages and get the benefit of some tasty tax breaks, including 30 per cent income tax relief.

The tax breaks reflect that this is high risk investing though. And for every successful name, such as Depop or Cazoo – two firms held by popular VCT Octopus Titan, there are many others that don’t make it.

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