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17th December 2018

Startups pitch to Fortum in a unique taxi ride

Startups had a chance to pitch to clean energy company Fortum on a moving electric vehicle during the Finnish startup event Slush. With Pitchalong Shuttle Fortum seeked for partnerships with sustainable and innovative startups in order to find digital solutions for tackling climate change.

17th December 2018

dott raises ?20 million from EQT Ventures and Naspers Ventures

dott, the European micro-mobility company, announces today a €20 million early stage funding round. The investment has been co-led by the EQT Ventures fund, a leading European multistage VC fund with commitments of just over €566 million, and Naspers, a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world, through its Naspers Ventures division. Other investors include Axel Springer Digital Ventures, DN Capital, Felix Capital, FJ Labs, U-Start Club and angel investors. The investment will be used to finance the launch of dott’s uniquely designed eScooters and eBikes across European cities.

17th December 2018

UNCDF and Bamboo launch blended finance initiative

The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Bamboo Capital Partners, an impact investing platform, are launching a partnership to establish an investment vehicle that will support the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the world’s poorest 47 nations, known as the Least Developed Countries.

17th December 2018

Giles Andrews joins Dynamic Credit to Chair Supervisory Board

Giles Andrews OBE, co-founder of Zopa, the world’s first marketplace lender, will join Dynamic Credit as Chairman of their Supervisory Board, subject to regulatory approval. The Board will have three members and serves to strengthen the corporate governance of Dynamic Credit Group (DCG), which comprises of the asset manager and direct lender Dynamic Credit and the investor servicing platform LoanClear.

17th December 2018

YFM Equity Partners sells Mangar Health

YFM Equity Partners has sold its stake in Mangar Health Limited for an undisclosed sum to Winncare Group Ltd, a leading French medical device company, delivering a 2.7x return to investors. 

Mangar Health designs, manufactures and supplies inflatable bathing and lifting devices, which protect carers from injury and promote independence for people with limited mobility. With a global reach into America, Canada and Australia, Mangar Health also offers a wide international distribution network and additional opportunities in healthcare markets such as emergency services.  The Company is led by CEO Simon Claridge and his team of Finance and Operations Director Craig Butcher, Commercial Director Andrew Macphail and Marketing Director Clare Birt.

17th December 2018

Goldex raises over £1m to create marketplace that consolidates the best prices in  gold

Goldex, the first smart trading app that powers ethical pricing for retail gold investments today announced it has raised over £1 million in a pre- series A round led by a group of prominent angel and institutional investors in the financial, payment and technology sectors.

Amongst those participating in the round are Prepaid Financial Services, one of Europe’s largest payment card issuers; Gae?l de Boissard, former Executive Board Member of Credit Suisse; Richard Balarkas, former President and CEO of Instinet and current NED at CBOE Europe and Saxo Capital Markets; Craig James, founder and CEO of Neopay and Chairman of the Board of the Prepaid International Forum, the industry body representing e-money and payment service companies.

14th December 2018

Digital GP service receives £1 million investment from Maven

A Coventry-firm responsible for creating a web platform that provides online services for general medical consultations and prescriptions has received a £1million funding package. This will allow The GP Service (UK) Limited to create over 60 new roles by 2023 - a five-fold increase in the team’s current size.

14th December 2018

Wandelbots raises €6m from Paua Ventures and EQT

Wandelbots, the company that is democratising robotics with demonstration-based teaching, has secured a €6 million Series A funding round from Paua Ventures, the EQT Ventures fund and existing investors. The funding will be used to grow Wandelbot’s team and expand the company’s global presence. One year after launch, Wandelbots is already working globally with automotive and electronics manufacturers, such as Volkswagen, Infineon and Midea

14th December 2018

Gareth Price joins Maven's investment team

Maven Capital Partners has further expanded its investment team with the appointment of Gareth Price. Joining as an investment director, Gareth is responsible for sourcing VCT opportunities, investments for Maven’s MBO fund, and its private equity co-investor partner network in the South West, as well as managing portfolio investments in the region.

 

14th December 2018

PopTopUK f£615k from Dow Schofield Watts Angels and Northstar

PopTopUK Limited, the UK’s leading online events marketplace, has secured a £615,000 equity investment from a syndicate led by Dow Schofield Watts Angels, the Northern angel network, and Northstar Ventures.

 

14th December 2018

Angels Invest Wales confirm £400,000 for DAS

Angels Invest Wales has closed its second Wales Angel Co-investment Fund deal with a £400,000 seed investment round in Digital Asset Services (DAS).

Completed by lead investor Ashley Cooper, the angel syndicate includes Paul Teather of Pragmatica and Phil Buck of SunnyBarn Investments. The round also includes VC firm Hambro Perks Insurtech Gateway (HPIG)

Launched in 2018, DAS is led by CEO David Janczewski, who spent several years leading The Royal Mint’s blockchain-enabled digital gold initiative and providing advice to other blockchain projects. Working with co-founders Adam Smith and Ben Davis, the team are well advanced in developing a security and insurance product, built on blockchain infrastructure, that reduces the risks of holding and using cryptocurrencies.

13th December 2018

Latest Riverside Exit Sounds Great

The Riverside Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell DPA Microphones (DPA), an Allerød, Denmark-based developer and manufacturer of high-end microphones, to RCF Group (RCF). DPA’s products are trusted by demanding professional users across the world for use in theater, broadcast, live and studio applications. 

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