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22nd October 2018

Master Investor 'Investing in the Age of Longevity' takes place on 1 November

Master Investor's "Investing in the age of Longevity" takes place on 1st November 2018 at the Wellcome Collection in London

The event will bring together the scientists, businesses and investors working in the field of Longevity and, in so doing, will provide an independent and powerful platform for leading experts on longevity to showcase the latest innovations in this field with a view to fostering collaboration and exploring investment opportunities.

22nd October 2018

Maven sells Dundee student accommodation asset for £9.5 million to 90 North

Maven Capital Partners, a leading UK property and private equity manager, has sold Marketgait Apartments, a 116 bed purpose built student accommodation development in Dundee to 90 North Real Estate Partners LLP. The asset has been sold for £9.5 million generating a return in excess of 2x Multiple of Money for Maven’s clients in little over three years.

Maven purchased the property for £1.55 million in April 2015 and, following a comprehensive £5 million internal refurbishment, Marketgait Apartments opened in time for the start of the 2016/17 academic year. The property enjoyed 100% occupancy last year and is fully let again for the 2018/19 student year.

22nd October 2018

Beauhurst boosts spinouts coverage with acquisition of Spinouts UK

Beauhurst has acquired Spinouts UK, the project and dataset run and collected by Jonathan Harris, to become a one-stop-shop for information on all of the UK’s spinout companies.

19th October 2018 receives £500,000 from Fuel Ventures

London-based investment fund, Fuel Ventures, has invested £500,000 in, an on-demand manufacturing platform, which connects design and production engineers with suitable and trusted manufacturers to create custom parts. The site, which has attracted a global network of engineers and manufacturers, allows customers to get instant quotes and place orders, from prototypes to full scale production, on a single platform.

18th October 2018

New technology transfer network set to accelerate innovation in the Midlands

The Midlands Innovation group of universities has launched the largest collaboration between university technology transfer offices in the UK, to attract investment and management talent to the region.

The Midlands Innovation Commercialisation of Research Accelerator (MICRA) will share best practice and share resources across technology transfer offices in Midlands universities. The partnership will support the development of spin-out companies, helping them to obtain finance and expertise, and accelerating the rate at which innovations are able to be commercialised.

18th October 2018

Beyond the pitch — the first 100 days with a VC on board

By Adrian Lloyd, Episode 1 Ventures

Getting venture investment is the first major turning point for a startup. All the months of work that went into pitching are over. There is money in the bank to turn plans into reality.

And there is now a VC firm (probably*) with a seat at your board meetings and a whole bunch of ideas for your business.

This is a challenging period for entrepreneurs who, understandably, will have established their own way of running their company. We come in with a lot of experience and advice, some of which might suggest very different ways of doing things.

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.

18th October 2018

European VC fundraising up 40% to €45.6 billion in H1 2018

European private equity and venture capital fundraising reached €45.6 billion in the first half of 2018, a 40% increase on the second half of last year, according to new data from Invest Europe.

This figure makes it the third highest six-month period since 2007, according to the European private equity and venture capital association. Invest Europe CEO Michael Collins will present the data on Friday at Invest Europe’s Venture Capital Forum in Paris. At this annual event, institutional investors meet the venture capital fund managers backing Europe’s innovative global leaders of the future. Venture capital investment in European start-ups surpassed €3 billion, reveals the new data, in the highest half-year result since 2007.

18th October 2018

Private equity returns fall back from decade high, says eFront

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest Quarterly Private Equity Performance report, showing that LBO performance has fallen for three straight quarters from its 10-year high in 2017.

Key findings:

  • After reaching a peak of 1.49x in Q3 2017, the average return multiple achieved by active LBO funds has continued its retreat, back to the level of Q2 2017, at 1.45x.
  • Despite the fall, active global LBO funds have outperformed the average of 1.3x achieved between 2009-2018 by 0.15x.
  • The dispersion of performance between the top and bottom funds has stabilised at 1.34x, following a general trend towards a lower dispersion of returns, equating to reduced risk.
  • Q1 2018 recorded a sharp decrease of the average time-to-liquidity, to just 2.63 years.
  • In terms of vintage years, 2009 and 2014 are so far delivering strong performance, while 2010 and 2013 are more subdued.
  • Overall, the performance of US funds stands above or on the long-term average, while Western European LBO funds show a more volatile performance.

17th October 2018

Foresight makes MEIF investment into Postworks Limited

Foresight Group has made an investment into Postworks Limited on behalf of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund. This mark’s Foresight’s third MEIF investment since its launch in February.  

Postworks is an online franking company providing small and medium sized businesses with a software-based alternative to franked business post.  Using Postworks’ software platform, businesses can ‘drag and drop’ their post for electronic sorting, printing and folding at Postworks printing centre before being handed over to the Royal Mail for delivery. 

The Northampton-based company was launched late 2016 by James and Marvee-Lisa Booker. With their extensive experience in the print, mail and media sector, they identified an opportunity to improve upon and disrupt the traditional franking model, using technology to deliver scalable mailing services to the SME sector.

17th October 2018

IW Capital invests in Eos Leisure

Mayfair-based alternative finance house IW Capital has invested in Eos Leisure. The Company manufactures and sells its own branded eliquid products (Vapemate, Soda Steam, Directors Cut) into the UK vaping market and provides manufacturing and scientific testing services for other suppliers in vaping and other markets. The EIS qualifying investment of £2 million will be used to support the company’s growth, with a focus on building sales and marketing resources, continuing scientific accreditation work and product development.

17th October 2018

Where seed investing fits in a portfolio

By Matthew Cushen, co-founder of Worth Capital

Anecdotally, traditional investment orthodoxy may have it that mature companies are lower risk than new businesses and pensions are the most tax-efficient way to reduce tax liabilities. However, big companies are failing to innovate and adapt and lifetime allowance restrictions on pensions means looking elsewhere for tax reliefs. Just two reasons for Matthew Cushen to share his experience of seed investing through EIS & SEIS.

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