CPI for Investors

Discover qualified deep tech deal flow and a vibrant high-growth ecosystem

CPI Enterprises is the private investor engagement and ventures arm of CPI. We stimulate impactful investment into early-stage deep tech companies, leveraging our world-class technical expertise, facilities and innovation network.

We work with a vibrant network of investors interested in deep-tech companies to facilitate investment into high-growth, early-stage companies.


Engage with us to connect with the deep-tech ecosystem, get access to qualified deal flow, and support the deep tech companies in your portfolio.

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We support high potential growth companies in many ways, one of which is to match founders with compatible private investors. See our full funding and finance page to learn more.

Funding and Finance

Our Approach

CPI acts as a bridge between academia, industry, and promising early-stage technology companies.

We support companies to overcome their innovation challenges. Working with us means they benefit from access to state-of-the-art facilities and expert staff, bringing capital efficiencies and accelerating their route to market.

Through our visibility of market drivers, network of partner organisations and knowledge of the innovation process, we provide valuable insight to next-generation technology, enabling us to perform due diligence on wide-ranging concepts to provide investor confidence.

Our Portfolio


Tanneries face market and regulatory pressure to reduce pollution but doing so has proven difficult to date without losing competitiveness due to increased costs or because of the unacceptable reduction in the quality of their leather. The patented Sfere technology from Qualus is able to cut the use of water by up to 40% and chemicals by up to 15% in leather tanning and retanning, without affecting the quality of the leather produced.


Nuformix is a pharmaceutical development company and drug re-purposing specialist. Focused on unlocking the therapeutic potential and value of known drugs to develop novel medicines that provide therapeutic and commercial advantages to the currently available drug form. Nuformix’s model of repurposing drugs utilises many technologies but is focussed on its acknowledged expertise in the use of cocrystal technology through which the Group has developed and patented novel forms of small molecules. 

Graphene Composites

Graphene Composites is a nano-materials engineering company. We combine graphene and other nano-materials to make life changing products from composites that are amongst the strongest, lightest, most resilient to our unique virucidal and germicidal ink.


PolyPhotonix is a bio-photonic research and development company that designs, develops and manufactures non-invasive photonic based medical devices.

PolyPhotonix has developed the Noctura 400 for the prevention and treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy. This is a home-based, monitored treatment which is a fraction of the cost of current treatments. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of blindness among working-age individuals in the western world.


NeuDrive works with its partners to develop the commercial applications of organic semiconductor materials and associated organic thin film transistor technology. NeuDrive’s FlexOS™ inks and associated low-temperature application processes deliver outstanding transistor performance on flexible substrates.

Investment Committee

Our committee has a wide range of investment experience.

Tim Cockroft - Chairman of CPI Enterprises Investment Committee

Tim Cockroft

Chairman of CPI Enterprises Investment Committee

Tim is the CEO of N+1 Singer a leading Investment Bank dedicated to advising and funding ambitious growth companies in the UK.

Tim began his career in financial markets on the Stock Exchange floor in 1986. He was one of the founding members of Peel Hunt in 1989, and went on to become CEO in 2004. In 2006, he left Peel Hunt and created Singer Capital Markets which then merged with N+1 Brewin. Tim’s driving ambition is for N+1 Singer to be at the forefront of UK plc, providing equity for the growth of the small and mid-cap sector.

Andrew Schemmel - Director at Eisvogel Group AG

Andrew Schemmel

Director at Eisvogel Group AG

Andrew is a Director at Eisvogel Group AG, an industrial holding company with offices in London and Zug.

Eisvogel invests in growing family or owner managed business in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Northern Italy with a particular focus on Industry 4.0 and the aging population. Andrew has over 10 years of experience in private equity and holds an MBA from London Business School.

Saar Shafir - Chief Investment Officer at Treisar Investments

Saar Shafir

Chief Investment Officer at Treisar Investments

Saar Shafir is Chief Investment Officer at Treisar Investments, investing in and supporting visionary teams with transformative technologies and business models in the UK and Israel. 

Saar was part of the senior leadership team at the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative’, Israel’s national program for innovation and entrepreneurship in the intersection of energy and mobility. The $400 million program engages in a broad range of activities, including funding academic research and POC projects, investing in growth companies, building public-private sector collaborations as well as international co-operations with governments and industry R&D and strategic investment arms. 

Saar holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, focusing on International Trade and Investment, and an Executive M.B.A. in Finance from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is an amateur pilot at his spare time.

Hannah Wade - Head of Investment Partnerships, CPI

Hannah Wade

Head of Investment Partnerships, CPI

Hannah is CPI’s Head of Investor Partnerships and COO of CPI Enterprises.

She focuses on building and maintaining relationships with private investors, supporting early-stage technology companies to secure private investment and managing CPI Enterprises’ investment portfolio. She qualified as a lawyer in 2006 and was in private practice for over eight years. She specialised in construction law and insurance law, spending six years at an international law firm working for global insurers. She then joined CPI in 2015 as an in house lawyer, providing legal advice to the CPI Group on all manner of legal issues and drafting and negotiating a variety of commercial contracts. 

Arun Harish - Strategy Director, CPI

Arun Harish

Strategy Director, CPI

Arun leads strategies for CPI’s sustainable growth and impact generation.

Since joining CPI in 2008, Arun has held diverse roles spanning technology commercialisation, innovation consulting, fund-raising from private and public sources and business development. He has also shaped the development of CPI’s National Healthcare Photonics Centre and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.

Prior to joining CPI, Arun worked with venture capital funded technology start-ups in the UK (Farfield Group) and India (Tejas Networks), where he held business development and R&D roles.

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Team Interviews

Hannah Wade, COO of Enterprises is interviewed by Gill Hall, Partner at Square One Law about the help available to technology companies looking to access private funding.

Portfolio Interviews

Sandy Chen, CEO and Dr Steve Devine, CTO of Graphene Composites talk to Gill Hall, Partner at Square One Law about their latest innovations and the support received from CPI.

Investor Insights

Role of Innovation centres within deep tech ecosystems: A CPI perspective 

Arun Harish

Arun Harish

Director of Strategy