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23rd April 2019

Rockstart raises €15m fund to invest in AgriFood startups

Rockstart is almost ready to close its first fund of €15 million for its AgriFood domain accelerator and fund. Staying true to its commitment to support and empower startups and provide unparalleled access to capital, Rockstart AgriFood now offers (follow-on) investments in participating startups up until Series B.

23rd April 2019

EMV Capital completes its first acquisition in Silicon Valley

EMV Capital announced the acquisition and investment into Wanda Inc, a San Francisco-based digital health company commercialising advanced clinical decision support software powered by machine learning and real time patient data analysis.

EMV Capital’s investment will enable Wanda to accelerate its growth in the North American market, as well as to enter the UK and European markets. “I’m excited to welcome Wanda, an innovative digital health company into the EMV Capital family” said Dr. Ilian Iliev managing director of EMV Capital. “Wanda has shown impact and strong traction in the past couple of years and we are excited to support the company’s team through its growth phase. It fits in our investment thesis of backing exciting AI-powered technology platforms that can scale rapidly through industry partnerships.”

23rd April 2019

NVM appoints new investors to its NW and Midlands offices

NVM Private Equity continues to expand the VCT team with the addition of Alex Wilson and Stephen Johnson. NVM’s recruitment strategy has been to build on their existing strong regional presence with a growing VCT team to help develop the business in a changed environment by bringing in people with experience in new, fast-emerging technology, finance and life science sectors.

23rd April 2019

Welendus Raises Funding From the Unicorn Ascension Fund

PTP Funding Limited (“Welendus”), a peer to peer (P2P) lending platform focusing on short term loans, has recently raised funding from the Unicorn Ascension Fund (UAF). This is UAF’s third deal since its launch in the summer of 2018. UAF has participated in this round as a co-investor with Pontaq, a venture fund based in London which also focuses on cross border technology transfer between UK and India. 

23rd April 2019

World leading entrepreneurs congregate in Scotland for CAN DO Fest

This week sees entrepreneurial icons flock to Scotland as the second edition of CAN DO Fest, Scotland’s festival of impactful entrepreneurship, kicks off with EIE 2019 - one of the UK’s leading events for tech entrepreneurs and investors, at the McEwan Hall in Edinburgh on 24 April.

18th April 2019

Astarte Capital Partners announces a new £400m real estate fund

Astarte Capital Partners has established a £400m investment platform with a focus on transforming prime infill and edge-of-prime real estate into institutional-quality “future core” assets, predominantly across Greater London.

This new platform will initially create a closed-end structure of £400 million, deployed across 8-10 investment opportunities in the hospitality, entertainment, healthcare and education sectors that have the potential to be developed and/or re-positioned as core real estate assets. Astarte Special Opportunities Platform (ASOP), the firm’s discretionary co-investment vehicle, is leading the investment in the new platform and providing the model for its structure.

18th April 2019

Fixing the female funding gap

Leah Hutcheon, founder and CEO of the Edinburgh-based software company, Appointedd, and former EIE participant, shares her experience as a female founder and offers advice to the ten female-led companies pitching on 24 April in Edinburgh.

18th April 2019

Newable Ventures Scale Up Fund 2 deploys £1m across 6 companies

The Newable Ventures Scale Up Fund 2 has completed its year-long investment cycle, havig invested £1 million into a diverse portfolio of early stage companies spanning the materials, spacetech and software sectors. Investee companies were based across the U.K (Newcastle, Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol and London) and round sizes ranged from £500k to £2.8m. The fund which was able to leverage Newable Group’s wider office space and advisory service offerings, targeted scale up companies where technology risk had been mitigated and capital was being used to ramp up commercial operations.

18th April 2019

Touch Biometrix secures £2 m funding from Deepbridge

Touch Biometrix has received a £2million investment from Deepbridge Capital.

The Series A funding through the Deepbridge Technology Growth Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund follows initial seed funding of £150,000 last year.

North Wales based Touch Biometrix is developing a new class of fingerprint sensor for application to consumer electronics such as smartphones and laptops.

18th April 2019

SEP sells wind farm portfolio to Pensions Infrastructure Platform

Scottish Equity Partners has sold its portfolio of onshore wind farms to Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP) for an enterprise value of £50 million.

Comprising 64 turbines in locations across the UK and Ireland the SEP portfolio contains all five of the wind farm investments made by the Environmental Capital Fund (ECF), a specialist infrastructure fund managed by SEP. The portfolio ranges from single-turbine sites across the Orkney and Shetland Islands to utility-scale turbines in Curraghderrig, Ireland and the Port of Tilbury in London.

17th April 2019

MEIF Maven Debt Finance provides a £1.5m funding for Aurelius Environmental

The Midlands Engine investment fund, through Maven Capital Partners, has provided Aurelius Environmental Ltd, an environmental management and materials recycling business, with a £1.5 million debt funding package.

The funding will be used by Aurelius to purchase new machinery to improve efficiencies, reduce the company’s carbon footprint and help to support its sustainable development strategy and strong social and economic ethos.

17th April 2019

Crowdfunding research highlights severity of unconscious bias, female founder warns

Following the publication of research suggesting that women are more successful than men when it comes to crowdfunding for scientific research, Juliet Eccleston, co-founder and CEO of AnyGood?, has warned that these results illustrate the shocking level of unconscious bias that still exists in us all – and the pressing need for change.

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