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19th March 2019

Scottish Chambers of Commerce President Tim Allen  Joins Archangels

Tim Allan is joining the board of Archangels, the leading angel investor group specialising in early stage technology and life sciences companies in Scotland. He succeeds Alastair Salvesen CBE, who is retiring from the Archangels board after 10 years. 

Archangels’ members invest in, and mentor, promising start-up and early stage companies from Scotland’s vibrant technology and life sciences sectors. Established in 1992, Archangels has made a significant contribution to the Scottish economy, with its investments leveraging an estimated ?1.2bn of GVA and creating around 4,000 highly skilled jobs. The current portfolio of companies employs over 650 people.

19th March 2019

Angel CoFund comments on the Chancellor's Spring Statement

Tim Mills, Management Director of the Angel CoFund has made the following comments on the Chancellor's Spring Statement and its focus on science and technology.

19th March 2019

St Andrews Angels of London launches in partnership with Withers Tech

A new investor network has launched with the goal of building an ecosystem of entrepreneurialism and investment around the University of St Andrews. The St Andrews Angels of London will be an alumni-led investor group comprising seasoned investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and alumni. The group will provide investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to early stage businesses founded by St Andrews alumni or introduced by the group’s members. They will also support spinouts coming directly out of the University.

19th March 2019

Bowmark Capital backs buy-out of Pirum from Five Arrows

Bowmark Capital is backing the buy-out of Pirum Systems, the leading provider of post-trade market infrastructure technology for the global securities finance industry, from Five Arrows Principal Investments.  The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to complete in April 2019.

19th March 2019

AlbionVC study highlights impact of workplace culture on companies’ ability to scale

AlbionVC, the technology investment arm of Albion Capital, today published a new study which establishes a clear link between a company’s ‘fitness to scale’ - an analysis of five internal benchmarks - and commercial success. It also identifies certain elements of a company’s workplace culture that enable hyper-fast growth, and others likely to constrain it. 

18th March 2019

Keensight Capital achieves €1 billion for fifth Growth Buyout fund

Keensight Capital, one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout[1] investments, announces the first and final closing of its new fund, Keensight V, at the €1 billion hard cap, exceeding the fund target of €750 million.

The fund was substantially oversubscribed with strong support from existing LPs, as well as new investors from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. The globally diverse LP base for Keensight V comprises c. 90% of subscriptions from institutional investors (asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies, banks and sovereign wealth funds), and c.10% from former portfolio company CEOs and family offices.

18th March 2019

BGF invests £11.6m in Invenio Business Solutions

BGF has invested £11.6m in Invenio, a UK-headquartered and global provider of business focussed technology solutions and consulting services, to support the business’s continued growth.

Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Reading, Invenio provides consulting services and technology solutions for organisations in the media, manufacturing & logistics, and public sector verticals.

18th March 2019

HR tech platform Hibob raises $20 million series A funding

London and Tel Aviv based HR tech platform Hibob has raised $20m in Series A+ funding, led by existing investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Battery Ventures, Eight Roads, Arbor Ventures, and Presidio Ventures.

This latest investment will support the company’s next phase of hyper growth, helping to establish Hibob as the platform of choice for mid-size fast-growing companies, accelerating its US presence, expanding to more countries across Europe and hiring more tech talent people into the organisation.

18th March 2019

Female start-up founders missing out on billions of pounds of investment

By Sophia Matveeva, CEO and Co-Founder of Enty, talks about why female start-up founders are missing out on billions of pounds of investment and what can be done to change the status quo.


18th March 2019

Downing FOUR VCT Healthcare open for tax year-end investments

As the tax year draws to a close, the Downing FOUR Venture Capital Trust (VCT) Healthcare Share Class remains open for end of year tax investments as part of a £10.2m top-up offer.

15th March 2019

Record year for Scottish investment syndicate Kelvin Capital

Glasgow based investment syndicate Kelvin Capital has moved into its tenth year of business by completing its biggest investment year yet.

A total of £10.5 million was invested across nine businesses in its portfolio in 2018, made up by eight follow on investments and one new investment. 

The Kelvin Capital portfolio covers sectors including internet and app technology, biotech, life sciences and electronic manufacturing and medical technologies and continues to support disruptive technologies with global ambitions. 

15th March 2019

Cazana raises 150% of target goal on Crowdcube

Disruptive Automotive AI start-up Cazana.com has closed its crowd-fundraise at £1.56 million, nearly 160 percent of its original investment target.

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