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22nd February 2019

Mobeus welcomes Matt Mead as Venture Partner

Mobeus has announced that Matt Mead has joined the team in the newly created role of Venture Partner working across its VCT investments.

21st February 2019

Octopus Investments becomes first manager to reach £1bn AUM

Octopus Investments “Octopus”, part of Octopus Group and the largest provider of venture capital trusts (‘VCTs’) in the UK1 has today announced it has passed the £1 billion milestone in VCT assets under management.

 

Octopus is the first and only investment manager to reach this milestone, which comes after recent fundraising. The assets are spread across Octopus’ four VCTs, which are currently supporting more than 200 portfolio companies.

14th February 2019

Maven and NVM put £3.25m into Mojo Mortgages

Maven Capital Partners and NVM Private Equity have completed a £3.25 million equity investment in UK fintech start-up Mojo Mortgage, which aims to create a better mortgage experience by providing a full market comparison of mortgage providers and managing the process via a sophisticated technology platform from mortgage application to completion.

The investment, which has been equally funded by Maven and NVM, is part of a wider £7 million funding round, will support Mojo’s ambitious growth plans and help the Company further evolve its unique and intuitive platform to enable a more empowering experience for consumers looking for a new mortgage or associated insurance products such as income protection.

13th February 2019

EdTech platform Administrate scales up with £3.78m NVM investment

NVM Private Equity has invested £2.25 million of growth capital into Edinburgh-based software business Administrate as part of a £3.78 million investment round alongside existing investors Archangels and the Scottish Investment Bank. Administrate is a Software-as-a-Service Training and Learning Management Platform, designed to help manage and automate the entire process of delivering education. The investment will be used to accelerate the business globally and continue the development of its platform.

Administrate delivers its solutions to a fast growing global client base from Scotland, supported by offices in the United States and Lebanon. Clients use Administrate to solve the challenges of defining, delivering, tracking, analysing, and scaling learning within an organisation.  After implementing Administrate, customers realise huge time savings, and can drive strategic initiatives and successfully scale their offerings. In the past year, North American expansion has been a key driver for the company which now employs more than 80 people across its three offices.

13th February 2019

Spektrix raises £5 million from Foresight

Foresight has made a £5 million growth capital investment into Spektrix Limited, the UK’s leading provider of cloud-based ticketing, marketing and fundraising software for the arts.

 

 

 

 

The investment on behalf of Foresight VCT plc and Foresight 4 VCT plc will be used to accelerate product development and support Spektrix’s international expansion, particularly in North America where it is already working with nearly 100 arts organisations. As part of the investment, Foresight has taken a minority equity position in the company.

5th February 2019

Foresight VCTs back ClubSpark with £2.15 million investment

Foresight Group has made a £2.15 million growth capital investment into Sportlabs Technology Limited, trading as ClubSpark, the awarding-winning specialist software company serving participants, sports providers, National Governing Bodies and International Federations.

Founded in 2012 by CEO Dave Ward and CTO Nathan Flood, ClubSpark provides a comprehensive software platform which provides easy access to sports and events for participants, simple to use tools for sports providers, whilst giving National Governing Bodies and International Federations insight into participation and activity levels.

5th February 2019

Mo scales up with £2.2m NVM investment

NVM Private Equity has committed £2.2 million of growth capital into London-based recognition, employee reward, and ideas platform business, Mo. Formerly known as Thanksbox, Mo provides proprietary technology to help organisations achieve success by strengthening relationships, sharing ideas and building stronger cultures and giving employees greater meaning at work. NVM’s investment will be used to accelerate scale up of the business, expand the team and to deliver further technical progression in the platform.

1st February 2019

VCT managers comment on Brexit

Uncertainty around Brexit has hit UK markets and raised questions about the UK’s economic prospects, but what effect is it having on the UK’s smaller unquoted companies? Despite a tough year, the average VCT returned 2.7% in 2018 and is up 42% and 163% over five and ten years. Where are VCT managers finding opportunities today and what are their views ahead of Brexit?

At a media roundtable held today by the Association of Investment Companies (AIC), John Glencross, CEO of Calculus Capital which manages the Calculus VCTIan McLennan, manager of the Triple Point VCTs, and Rodney Appiah, director of Foresight which manages the Foresight VCTs, discussed their recent investment activity, the potential effect of Brexit on smaller companies and their overall outlook for the sector.

31st January 2019

Don't miss the latest GrowthInvest Adviser Hour - out today

This 4th episode of Series 3 of The GrowthInvest Adviser Hour explores the wider drivers behind the growing popularity of “alternatives”, 

30th January 2019

Beringea UK leads £6.5m investment in Exonar

Beringea has led a £6.5m investment in Exonar, a leading data discovery and management software firm. Downing Ventures, the early stage investor, has also participated in the round alongside notable existing investors, Amadeus Capital Partners and Winton Ventures.

Enterprises are facing a fundamental change in the way they process and store information. An exponential increase in data volume means organisations must find new ways to understand the risk as well as the opportunities in their data. Driven by new regulation, cyber threats and competition, organisations who use data they hold effectively will survive and thrive.

29th January 2019

Beringea makes landmark investment into AccessPay

Beringea has led a £9m investment in AccessPay, a Manchester-based fintech firm. The funding round, backed also by US investors True Ventures and Route 66, is one of the largest ever investments in a financial technology company in the North. Maria Wagner, Investment Director at Beringea, led the deal.

The investment also marks the expansion of Beringea’s footprint in the North of England, as the firm has launched its first dedicated office in the region in central Manchester. This expanded presence will enable Beringea to work more closely with the region’s scaling businesses and provide capital to support the acceleration of the region’s digital economy.

28th January 2019

Calculus Capital invests £2.5m in Essentia Analytics

EIS & VCT specialist Calculus Capital has invested £2.5m in fintech company Essentia Analytics (see photo), a leading provider of behavioural data analytics and consulting for professional investors. The investment by Calculus will be used to further develop Essentia’s services as it scales its client base of investment management institutions around the world. 

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