Equity finance: the equity gap
The equity gap is a term used to explain the gap a company experiences in funding as it moves up the ladder of different finance sources.
For example, some businesses require much greater funding than that which can be provided by business angels, but do not need the levels of funding venture capitalists would consider. The gap between these two finance situations is known as the equity gap.
Businesses in this situation may wish to approach private equity firms for help. These are organisations that invest and manage investments and they tend to focus on management buy-outs and buy-ins.
The government provides a multi-million pound equity finance scheme to close the equity gap by providing Enterprise Capital Funds (ECFs).
The ECF programme helps those looking to operate in the UK market to raise venture capital funds specifically targeting early-stage small businesses believed to have long-term growth potential - see British Business Bank information on ECFs.