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18th October 2018

Martin Fincham joins Mercia-backed  immersive tech company Gorilla in the Room

UK-based tech firm, Gorilla in the room, has appointed Martin Fincham, the former CEO of global enterprise software company LANSA Group, as its chairman ahead of the company’s next funding round.

Following a seed investment from Mercia Fund Managers in January 2018, the business has launched Discover, a market leading immersive research mobile product, and is now raising further capital to transition from a service-based business to a subscription model.

17th October 2018

Shieldpay awarded Innovate UK grant to transform real estate deals

Shieldpay, the secure payments provider, has been awarded an Innovate UK grant.  

The funding will be used to scale up Shieldpay’s Third Party Managed Account (TPMA) solution in the UK and lay strong foundations for Shieldpay to expand into the global real estate market.

In May this year, Shieldpay successfully completed the UK’s first fully digital real estate transaction with MyHomeMove and Barclays, with the support of the Council for Licensed Conveyancers and other industry stakeholders. The solution also enables parties to complete on transactions at anytime from anywhere, that includes completing a house purchase on a weekend or bank holiday.

8th October 2018

VentureFounders appoints Jersey veteran

VentureFounders has appointed Michael Gray to work with the company to build its Channel Islands presence.

Michael (pictured) is the founder of MMG Consulting Limited (MMG), a consulting advisory firm, as well as a Non-Executive Director of various global companies and private equity groups in Europe, UK and Japan.

8th October 2018

Kuber Ventures Appoints New Chairman as Two New Funds join the platform

Kuber Ventures has added two new SEIS funds to its business platform, accompanied by new iterations of two existing funds, further enhancing the fund range available.  Kuber has also appointed a new non-executive Chairman David Moss. 

4th October 2018

European VC to be celebrated at Invest Europe’s Venture Capital Forum

A line-up of the most influential investors in European innovation will land in Paris this month for Invest Europe’s Venture Capital Forum, to discuss how to propel further the industry’s strong growth.

Last year, investment by European VC firms reached a ten-year high of €6.4 billion, while fundraising reached €7.7 billion, its second-highest result since 2007. Invest Europe, the association representing the European VC industry and its global investors, is hosting its annual Venture Capital Forum at the Pullman Tour Eiffel in Paris on 18 and 19 October. The programme includes a packed roster of panel discussions, roundtables and keynote speeches.

3rd October 2018

Mercia backed Pubguard appoints Andy Stevens as chairman

In-app ad-verification platform Pubguard has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of the former president and chief operating officer of SYZYGY as its chairman.

Andy Stevens founded online media planning and buying agency Unique Digital in 2001, which he then sold to SYZYGY in 2010. Andy has a wealth of experience and has previously worked with a number of global blue chip clients, including Avis, Mazda and O2.

3rd October 2018

BGF backs talent acquisition consultancy Elements

Elements Talent Solutions, a disruptor to the $200+ billion worldwide recruitment market, has received a £3.45m investment from BGF to accelerate its growth across Europe, the US and the APAC region.

While recent years have seen no shortage of technological innovation in the hiring market, Elements has pioneered a model which focuses on people and seeks to change the fundamental “transaction” mechanics of the industry. Its ‘embedded model’ involves Elements consultants working on-site within the client’s hiring function and partnering with them on every stage of the hiring process.

1st October 2018

Pitch@Palace selects tech Entrepreneurs to take part in milestone Pitch@Palace 10.0

Pitch@Palace, the programme established by The Duke of York to guide and support Entrepreneurs in the development of their businesses, has  announced 42 entrepreneurs who have been selected to Pitch at Pitch@Palace Boot Camp on 4 October at Cambridge Judge Business School.

1st October 2018

Catherine Lewis La Torre to head British Business Bank's patient capital activities

British Business Bank plc has appointed Catherine Lewis La Torre as CEO of the Bank’s patient capital activities delivered through its commercial arm.

27th September 2018

Leeds digital tech sector thrives as mix of corporates and startups collaborate for success

A winning combination of public and private sector businesses is helping to build Leeds into a major digital tech hub and encouraging startups right across the region. Leeds and surrounding Yorkshire cities and towns are seeing an explosion of startups and new enterprises, encouraged by organisations like NHS Digital and the Open Data Institute.

24th September 2018

6point6 Cloud Gateway scores in the Cloud Excellence Awards

Agile networking pioneer and UK-based hybrid cloud Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) start-up 6point6 Cloud Gateway has won recognition in the Cloud Excellence Awards.

21st September 2018

Mayor’s Tech Fund sees 6 winners in UKBAA Awards

Six of the fast-growing companies which have recieved backing from The London Co-Investment Fund (LCIF), the Mayor of London’s early-stage tech fund, have won awardss at the UKBAA Awards 2018.   

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