An Early-Stage Venture Capital Fund

Building and Growing Technology Companies

Stemming From The UK’s Research Base


The Rainbow Seed Fund is backed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Fund’s partners are 9 publicly funded research bodies, including STFC, BBSRC, NERC and Dstl. The Fund is independently managed by venture capital specialist Midven.

We help build companies from great science developed in laboratories, science and technology campuses and synthetic biology.

We hold investments in some of the UK’s most innovative companies, in areas as diverse as novel antibiotics, research into Alzheimer’s disease, “green” chemicals and airport security.



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£4m awarded for new UK-Brazil joint projects in wheat research

The investment, between the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Brazilian...

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National Physical Laboratory (NPL)

National Physical Laboratory (NPL) Job Vacancies Notification & Application Form 2016 - 2017 to...

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Building A Synthetic Genome

Following the completion of the sequencing of the entire human genome in 2003, dubbed...

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Researchers Build Synthetic Bacterial Cell With Just 473 Genes

Following the creation of the world’s first synthetic cell, Mycoplasma mycoides JCVI-syn1.0 in 2010,...

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