Private equity

Private equity for sustained growth and partnership

Heligan Investments champions continued growth through dynamic partnerships and strategic value creation, developed collaboratively with our portfolio companies' management teams. Our commitment extends beyond financial aid, incorporating deep insights from seasoned ex-government and intelligence professionals and the development of tailored strategies that align closely with your business objectives.

Investment criteria

We are committed to building a portfolio of market leading high-growth security technology businesses in the sectors of National Security, Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

We are dedicated to empowering companies that are not only ambitious and demonstrate potential, but also align with our values and are positioned to make significant positive impacts on society.

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Investment scope: We focus on providing equity investments typically ranging from £5 million to £20 million to facilitate growth and development capital, management buy-outs, equity release, and buy-and-build strategies.

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Global reach: Our investments span across the UK, Europe, Australia, Canada, the USA, and New Zealand, reflecting our commitment to fostering security innovations worldwide.

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Flexible investment options: We provide tailored investment solutions, offering both majority and significant minority stakes to meet the diverse needs of businesses, funders, and management teams.

Our focus

National Security

We understand that governments rely on technology to fulfil their essential roles in defending the nation-state, its economy, and our collective way of life from significant threats.

Crime Prevention

We recognise the crucial role of technology companies in enabling governments and businesses to deter, disrupt, and detect criminal activities.

Public Safety

We are committed to investing in technologies that help governments and businesses protect individuals, infrastructure, and assets from risks to their safety, security, and reputation.

We see significant potential in dual-use technologies that enhance security for public and private sectors alike, driving the development of comprehensive solutions that protect communities and empower businesses to enhance their security measures.

Our analysis pinpoints a number of emerging critical security and technology priorities that are shaping the future of the industry.

Key UK security and technology priorities include:


AI and machine learning: Particularly the automation of real-time investigative processes to enhance efficiency and accuracy.


Smart sensing technologies: Development of technologies that capture, process and respond to data locally at the end of networks, improving local data handling.


Autonomous platforms: Use of advanced platforms equipped with smart sensors to where they can be effective, including sub- surface, land, sea and air, and with higher altitude platforms at the edge of space and on satellites orbiting Earth.


Digital backbones: Creation of robust infrastructures and cloud-based solutions for real-time data processing.


Robotics & advanced manufacturing: Innovations aimed at reducing the costs and size of future capability development.


Defensive cyber capabilities: Strengthening security to protect digital assets and developing offensive capabilities to safeguard and promote national economic interests.

Our sectors explained:

  • National Security

    We focus on safeguarding democratic values and ensuring safety across the UK and its allies. Amid an evolving threat landscape and rapid technological changes, our investments in security measures are critical. Our expert team, with deep roots in finance, intelligence, and law enforcement, offers unmatched advisory and investment solutions, positioning us as a leading partner in security innovations.

    Emerging technology & services:

    Cryptographic services, Intelligence Collation Analysis, Supply Chain Security, Physical Protective Security, Zero-Trust Security, Advanced Data Visualisation, Risk Decision Support Systems, Sensors & Probes, Video Analytics, Tracking & Location, Attack Simulation Systems, Cyber Attack Monitoring & Mitigation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

  • Crime Prevention

    We lead in enhancing law enforcement capabilities through partnerships that bolster community safety. As technology evolves, we are committed to advancing scientific and technological solutions that keep law enforcement ahead. Our focus on cutting-edge technologies and proactive strategies act to reduce crime and its causes, transforming how communities are protected.

    Emerging technology & services:

    Cryptographic services, Intelligence Collation Analysis, Supply Chain Security, Zero-Trust Security, Sensors & Probes, Video Analytics, Tracking & Location, Attack Simulation Systems, Cyber Attack Monitoring & Mitigation, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

  • Public Safety

    We prioritise the protection of national infrastructure, public spaces, and citizens through a blend of advanced technology, strategic investment, and legislative support. We partner with innovative companies that develop next-generation technologies to enhance public safety, ensuring secure access and promoting quality of life while adapting to evolving threats.

    Emerging technology & services:

    Intelligence Collation Analysis, Physical Protective Security, Video Analytics, Tracking & Location, Attack Simulation Systems, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)

Our approach

From the outset, our focus is on understanding your ambitions and vision for value creation. We align our strategies to ensure that your goals are met, fostering a partnership that is rooted in collaboration and mutual success.

Our team is comprised of experienced investment professionals with deep sector-specific knowledge, enabling us to make insightful strategic contributions to your growth plans and business development. This expertise is essential for leveraging our extensive global network to open new markets and create customer relationships that support your expansion goals.

Our approach sets us apart from traditional mid-market private equity firms and builds stronger, more meaningful relationships with our portfolio companies. We go deeper, working closely with you to unlock potential and drive substantial growth.


Our portfolio

We focus our investments on security technology companies across the National Security, Crime Prevention and Public Safety sectors.

Responsible investing

Heligan Investments is committed to integrity and upholding the highest ethical standards. Our clear, strategic vision aligns with the core values our investors and portfolio companies expect, ensuring responsible and principled investing at every step.

Our team

Our team's collective achievements span hundreds of years across a range of sectors, providing a solid foundation for our capacity to deliver clear, precise, and invaluable intelligence-driven financial services.

Contact us

Get in touch today to explore how we can support your future needs. 

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