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25th June 2019

HBAN-backed Phorest scoops European angel investment award

HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment and a joint initiative between Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, today announces that its winning streak at the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) annual congress has continued. Phorest, the HBAN-backed salon software company, was named most successful business financed by early stage investors at this year’s event in Helsinki.

25th June 2019

Fertility startup  Dr Fertility raises £1 million seed funding

North West-focused Praetura Ventures has backed fertility startup Dr Fertility in a £1m seed round. The first investment of Praetura’s maiden EIS Fund will be used to develop Dr Fertility into a full-service digital health platform.  Founded by Dr Lucy Buckley, PhD and Kobi McCardle in June 2018, Dr Fertility was created to address the problem of conflicting, unreliable information about fertility. With patients having to wait up to two years between GP advice and the first outpatient appointment, and no central, official platform for fertility advice, Lucy and Kobi saw the need to support the 1 in 7 couples in the UK that are affected by infertility. 

 

25th June 2019

Funding London announces three new Board members

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Funding London CEO, Maggie Rodriguez-Piza, have announced the appointment of three new additions to the Funding London Board. 

25th June 2019

UK SMEs valued at £3 trillion says MarketInvoice Business Insights survey

The latest MarketInvoice Business Insights survey sheds light on company valuations and priorities of UK SME business owners. 

24th June 2019

Edward O’Hara appointed Chief Risk Officer at British Business Bank

The British Business Bank has welcomed Edward O’Hara as its new Chief Risk Officer.

Edward joins the Bank from The Commonwealth Trade Bank Plc, where he served as Chief Risk Officer from early 2017. He has had an extensive career in Risk and strategic leadership positions in a wide variety of international banking and finance institutions, including in the UK, USA, Poland and Bulgaria.

24th June 2019

Venture capitalists who work together increase the success of ventures

Venture capital firms with a track record of working together by investing in the same venture are more likely to produce a successful venture, but working together repeatedly will eventually have a negative impact, new research from the UCL School of Management finds.

24th June 2019

Octopus & EQT back $16.5m new funding for Token (open banking)

Token, the turnkey open banking platform, has completed a $16.5m strategic investment from a pool of investors, including Opera Tech Ventures, the venture arm of BNP Paribas - one of the world’s largest banks and two other visionary banks headquartered in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.  

24th June 2019

Fintech startup Swoop secures £5m investment

Swoop, a FinTech solution that supports SMEs to access funding, has been awarded £5 million (€5.6 million) by the UK’s Banking Competition Remedies (BCR) – an independent body working on behalf of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). BCR aims to ensure RBS is continually promoting competition within banking, and fair access for SMEs to the banking services market, with funds becoming available when an alternative body can better deliver this goal.

24th June 2019

We, Equity Crowdfunding Shareholders, are Owners too!

In his latest article, James Murdoch discusses the importance of regular company reporting and post investment communication for equity crowdfunding investors.

21st June 2019

London-based start-up Augnet selected for European Innovation Council funding

Augnet, a London-based technology start-up set to revolutionise the SMS and messaging space, has announced it has been selected to receive much sought after funding from the European Innovation Council.

21st June 2019

AI and blockchain solution for insurance industry BlockClaim raises seed funding

BlockClaim, the first hybrid artificial intelligence and blockchain technology solution developed for the insurance industry, has successfully completed its seed funding round with a £500,000 investment.

21st June 2019

Why Crowdfunding is the New Business Loan

In recent years, Alternative Finance funding channels that exist outside of the traditional finance system have revolutionised how small and medium enterprises are able to operate. The rapid growth of the Alternative Finance industry, in areas such as Crowdfunding, is making it increasingly less ‘alternative’, but where is this development seen the most? 

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