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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.

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. 

13th December 2018

Mid Europa Partners acquires intive from Enterprise Investors

Mid Europa Partners, the leading private equity investor in Central and Eastern Europe, has entered into an agreement to acquire intive S.A.from Enterprise Investors. The transaction is subject to customary competition clearance and is expected to close in Q1 2019.

13th December 2018

InMotion Ventures invests in six new companies in 2018

In 2018, InMotion Ventures, Jaguar Land Rover’s venture capital arm backed six start-ups that could change the way we travel. In addition, InMotion’s incubator, Studio 107 launched its first service: Carpe for all-inclusive car subscription.

InMotion Ventures continues to invest in urban transportation, mobility and travel, but this year extended its reach to include active outdoor experiences.

12th December 2018

iDefigo Group raises £1.5m from Unicorn Ascension Fund

iDefigo Group Ltd, which offers IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for the surveillance industry, has raised £1.5m as part of their latest round. This is the Unicorn Ascension Fund’s second deal over the course of one month. UAF has participated in this round as a co-investor with other early stage investors including Ascension Ventures, which is also one of the partners in UAF.

12th December 2018

eHealth Ventures Invests in Engineering for All

eHealth Ventures, the leading Digital Health technological incubator in Israel, has announced the acceptance of its 8th portfolio company - Engineering for All ("EfA"), managed by Yoel Ezra, an elite IDF technology unit veteran with many years of R&D management experience. eHealth Ventures has invested $900,000 in the company's seed financing round.

11th December 2018

eMoov learned the hard way what it costs to win
Emoov has gone into administration and the assets may be sold by the administrator soon so that existing property vendors and the staff may be ok – time will tell. Shareholders like Episode 1 have lost 100% of the money invested.

The demise of online estate agency eMoov is a cautionary tale of how difficult it is to succeed in a ruthlessly competitive B2C market, even when making what appear to be all the right moves.

It wasn’t lack of a great product that caused eMoov to fold. Nor was it strategic or management mistakes. And it certainly wasn’t because the company lacked good leadership. In Russell Quirk, eMoov had an excellent CEO who did a great job building the business to become one of the UK’s biggest hybrid estate agents. He also hired an impressive C level team with experience from Just Eat, BookaTable and Groupon.

So, if it wasn’t any of those things, what did go wrong?

11th December 2018

The Naked Deli opens city centre outlet at iconic location on Grey Street

Foresight portfolio company, The Naked Deli, has opened a new city centre outlet in Grey Street.

Launched in 2014, The Naked Deli offers a health-conscious and clean-eating experience and provides a range of gluten and dairy-free, vegan and paleo dishes. With a keen focus on locally-sourced foods, The Naked Deli uses high quality meats, responsibly sourced fish, and organic eggs and dairy.

Foresight invested £2.5 million into The Naked Deli in June 2018, providing growth capital to bolster systems and infrastructure and continue the rollout of additional sites around the UK. Foresight also introduced John Upton, ex MD of LEON, who has been appointed Chairman.

10th December 2018

DTCP invests in Cellwize

Cellwize, a global leader in mobile network automation and orchestration, has announced an equity funding investment from DTCP (Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners), an investment management group with c. $1.6 billion assets under management and advisory from Deutsche Telekom and other institutional investors. The investment will support Cellwize’s evolution toward enabling the immense growth of the industry with the advent of 5G.

 

7th December 2018

Shoosmiths advises on nGAGE’s acquisition of Henlow Recruitment Group

Private equity experts at UK law firm Shoosmiths have advised nGAGE, one of the country’s biggest privately owned recruitment groups, on its acquisition of Henlow Recruitment Group.

 

 

 

 

nGAGE has invested in Henlow, a QuantTech recruitment business which operates in the UK, Europe, USA and Middle East, to enable it to grow its presence in international markets.

7th December 2018

Research: Size matters in private equity reporting says eFront

First study of its kind from eFront finds that larger LPs receive more information from GPs, and best practice in private equity reporting is correlated with better performing funds

eFront, the world’s leading alternative investment management software and solutions provider, today publishes “Mind the Gap: a global survey of private equity reporting practices”. The survey, the first of its kind, and covering almost 1,800 active alternative investment funds, provides the most detailed insight yet into the state of private market investor reporting, finding that larger LPs receive more information from GPs, and best practice in private equity reporting is correlated with better performing funds.

6th December 2018

Investing in Computing Architecture: viewpoint from Episode 1

Episode 1's Eva Rez gives her insight into the opportunities and challenges around investing in Computing Architecture.

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