But the problem, according to Simon Cook, chief executive and co-founder of Draper Esprit, is that retail investors are shut out from the fast-growing tech start-up space. Crowdfunding platform such as Seedrs or Crowdcube have been on the rise and allow retail investors to get in on seed rounds for fast-growing companies. However, later stage rounds have been shut for these investors, something Draper Esprit is hoping to change.
"LPs are specialist categories. Not many institutions and very few retail investors invest there," Cook told CNBC in a phone interview on Wednesday.
"A year ago, on the back of the wave of crowdfunding, we felt wouldn't it be amazing to launch a listed vehicle and there is a big gap in the stock market for people to invest in growing tech companies past the risky seed stage."
When investors buy shares in Draper Esprit, they are essentially getting exposure to its portfolio companies which include Graze, which delivers healthy snack boxes to your desk or door, and Lyst, an online fashion marketplace. In total, Draper Esprit owns minority interest in 24 companies which as of December 31, 2015, had an aggregate value of £74.8 million.
Major institutional investors including Woodford Investment Management, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, China Huarong International Holdings and Baillie Gifford are among Draper Esprit's initial investors.