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24th January 2020

Archangels backs Fios Genomics as it announces a new strategic partnership

Edinburgh-based bioinformatics company, Fios Genomics, which helps pharmaceutical and biotech companies to analyse the large amounts of data generated during drug development, has announced a strategic partnership with one of the world’s largest contract research organisations, Charles River Laboratories.

24th January 2020

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network and Oxford Angel Network join forces

Oxford Investment Opportunity Network (OION) and Oxford Angel Network (OAN), part of Oxford University’s commercialisation arm Oxford University Innovation (OUI), are merging, with immediate effect, combining their operations to form a strong and cohesive Oxford-based angel network.

Access to finance for growth is critical to starting and scaling ground-breaking tech companies. This merger will contribute significantly to strengthening the appeal of the Oxford Cluster as a great place for companies to flourish. It is a vital step towards realising Oxfordshire’s potential, as expressed in the Local Industrial Strategy, of becoming one of the leading innovation ecosystems worldwide.

23rd January 2020

QVentures leads round in blockchain entreprise start-up, Ocyan

QVentures, manager of 29PP Pre-Seed Fund, will be leading the funding round in Ocyan, a cloud operating system for enterprise blockchains and P2P networks. Joining QVentures in the round is Wayra UK, the open innovation arm of Spanish Telecom giant, Telefónica. 

21st January 2020

20 Thoughts from 20 years of Angel Investing

Simon Blakey gives us the benefit of his 20 years experience as an Angel Investor.

1st January 2000: Y2K hadn’t happened (look it up…), the first dot.com boom was at its peak and I, as a young and naive 26 year-old, sat down in a Regus office in Hammersmith and said ‘right, I’m going to be a business angel investor’. With zero corporate finance experience and being about 30 years younger than the average angel investor at that time, it was a (very) fast learning experience.

Now, 20 years later, I have invested in over 35 companies in 75 funding rounds with eight profitable exits to date (with a similar number of failures) and am well ahead return-wise. I also have more experience than I had back then, but I am forever grateful to people such as Nitin and Milan Shah (founder of Pepe Jeans), James Gordon of Gordon Solicitors and Modwenna Rees-Mogg of AngelNews for their guidance and support in those initial years (and of course my amazing brother Michael, who I have angel invested with throughout this time under the Avonmore Developments umbrella).

21st January 2020

Play Ventures leads £1.75m seed funding for Dataseat

Dataseat, a London-based tech startup, helping mobile app advertisers to manage programmatic media buying in-house, has launched with its first seed round of funding of £1.75m through Play Ventures, Backed.vc and SAATCHiNVEST. The impressive funding syndicate also includes angel investors, ex Criteo, Eric Eichmann (CEO) and Jonathan Wolf (CPO).

8th January 2020

Angel CoFund leads £1.3m investment in data tech start up DPL

DPL, the London-headquartered data tech start-up that enables clients to automate the application of artificial intelligence and behavioural science insights to improve marketing effectiveness, today announces the completion of a new funding round with an investment of £1.3m and senior management changes.

6th January 2020

Archangels Sells Critiqom Stake

Scotland’s leading business angel investment group, Archangels, has sold its 25% shareholding in Bellshill-headquartered document outsourcing specialist, Critiqom, as part of the sale of the business to Opus Trust Communications.

Archangels first invested in Critiqom in 2005 and since then the company has grown to become a national provider of a variety of complementary document mailing solutions, including an end-to-end suite of data, print, post and multi-channel services. The business is headquartered in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, with manufacturing operations both at Bellshill and in Warrington, Cheshire.

6th January 2020

Archangels heralds further year of support for Scottish businesses

Edinburgh-based business angel investment syndicate, Archangels has recorded another active year of support for the Scottish tech and life sciences sectors, leading investment of £14.8m in Scottish start-up and early stage companies in 2019.

The syndicate directly invested £8.2m across the year (2018: £10.9m) and was lead investor on a total of 10 funding rounds with total investment, including co-investors’ contributions, of £14.8m (2018: £22.4m). Scottish Investment Bank (SIB), the investment arm of Scottish Enterprise, was the largest single co-investor in 2019 at £3.9m, with co-investment from other organisations including NVM, Par Equity and Tricap.

13th December 2019

PinPoint raises £1m with support from Angel Investment Network

HealthTech startup PinPoint Data Science has successfully raised over £1m as part of an early stage funding round, with support from Angel Investment Network (AIN), the world’s largest angel investment platform. 

The PinPoint Test uses AI/Machine Learning to rapidly ‘rule out’ cancer from a simple blood sample, and may be used for all cancer types. AIN was the only external organisation PinPoint accepted investment from in a round that lasted just six weeks.

11th December 2019

Founder to Founder: Tips and tales from 100 Entrepreneurs and Investors

The Invested Investor has released a new book, centred around the challenges entrepreneurs face along the start-up journey. Titled Founder to Founder: Tips and tales from 100 Entrepreneurs and Investors, the publishers have managed to include content from our 100 global entrepreneurial leaders.

28th November 2019

EBAN publishes Fiscal Incentives and Co-Investment Compendiums

EBAN, the European Business Angels Network, has produced the new editions of its much anticipated annual mapping of fiscal incentives and co-investment funds available to business angels in Europe. 

18th November 2019

Snaffling Pig secures investment From Henley Business Angels

Snaffling Pig, the UK’s leading pork-based snack business, has received investment from multiple Henley Business Angels members, who contributed to a record breaking funding round of over £1.1m.

Chosen as one of the Thames Valley 50 Game Changers in 2018, Snaffling Pig produces a wide range of pork snack products, including flavoured pork crackling sold in traditional foil bags, gift jars and advent calendars, as well as a variety of sauces, beers, nuts, and additional food goods ideal for gifts. The products are supplied into some of the UK’s leading supermarkets, such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, The Co-operative, John Lewis and Selfridges. Over 2,000 pubs, including Greene King and Punch Taverns among others, are also supplied with its products.

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