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22nd January 2020

MMC Ventures backs high-growth startup Elder £8.2m fund raising

Elder, a leading care home alternative, has raised another £8.2m funding round as its technology-enabled live-in care service gains nationwide popularity, bringing the total raised to £16.5m.

Elder is one of the UK's fastest-growing startups and has delivered more than 350,000 days of care in more than 300 towns and cities across the UK since 2016 – with the Outer Hebrides being the only remaining area where care is yet to be delivered.

22nd January 2020

Financial services AI business lands £2.5m funding from Praetura

FeedStock, an AI-driven SaaS business that leverages the latest natural language processing technologies to enable financial services companies to meet both their compliance requirements and commercial goals, has secured a £2.5m investment in a funding round led by Praetura Ventures.

22nd January 2020

Guinness and Maven lead £6.4 million funding for Coniq

Coniq has secured £6.4 million of growth equity to meet the growing demand for its award-winning CRM and loyalty platform used by the world’s leading shopping malls, outlets and brands.

The round was led by Guinness Asset Management with Maven Capital Partners, and participation from existing investors Venrex Investment Management. High profile angel investors, including Greg Marsh the founder of OneFineStay, also invested as part of this round.

22nd January 2020

Albion Capital VCT top up offers raise £34m after strong performance

Albion Capital, the leading independent investment manager, closed its 2019/2020 VCT top up offers earlier than scheduled 

22nd January 2020

Par Equity report record-breaking Q4 in 2019

 

Par Equity had a record-breaking final three months in 2019, securing one exit, battery technology expert Dukosi, and orchestrating 11 investments. Par, which specialises in investing in young, high-growth companies, saw London-based managers join them in putting money into two of its existing portfolio companies, Current Health and Novosound.

 

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

First VC deal terms survey reveals 14 key terms for European tech startups

Withers tech, working with experienced VC legal teams in France, Germany and Switzerland, has carried out the first analysis of how venture capital deals are structured across Europe.

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).

21st January 2020

Ingenious invests £2.3 million 3D Repo

Ingenious's Infrastructure Ventures EIS Service has led a £2.3m A-series investment round in 3D Repo, the pioneers of cloud-based design collaboration in Building Information Modelling (‘BIM’).  The investment represents another major vote of confidence and a financial boost for 3D Repo’s digital construction services business.

21st January 2020

Financial Adviser finding platform Unbiased secures £5.6m from YFM

Funds advised by YFM Equity Partners have backed a £5.6m investment into Unbiased EC1 Limited to support the continued growth of the team and its financial advice marketplace. YFM’s investment comes from its two advised VCTs, British Smaller Companies VCT plc and British Smaller Companies VCT2 plc, alongside YFM Equity Partners Growth II LP.

Unbiased is the leading online platform for connecting millions of people to the trusted financial specialists across Financial Adviser, Mortgage Broker and Accountancy markets.

20th January 2020

NatWest new partnership with Soldo will boost SME lending

NatWest has launched a new partnership with Soldo, a pre-paid company card provider for small businesses, which will allow two of the bank’s ventures, Esme Loans and Rapid Cash, to be offered directly to Soldo’s customers, as the bank aims to increase lending to UK SMEs throughout 2020.

20th January 2020

Global VC performance reaches all-time high says eFront data

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest Quarterly Private Equity Performance report, showing that venture capital funds globally reached their best ever performance in Q2 2019, surpassing the previous high recorded one year earlier. 

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