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12th September 2019

Boundary secures £1.22m funding as it prepares to revolutionise home security

Home security tech specialist, Boundary, has secured £1.22 million investment from Equity Gap and the Scottish Investment Bank, the investment arm of Scotland’s national economic development agency Scottish Enterprise, to create several new jobs and prepare its innovative smart home security alarm for launch.

Boundary is the invention of Robin Knox and Paul Walton, the entrepreneurs behind IntelligentPOS, which was acquired by iZettle in 2016 and subsequently sold to PayPal for £1.6 billion.

12th September 2019

Insurtech’s Record-breaking $3 billion Investment in 1H2019

The Insurtech M&A Market Report from international technology mergers and acquisitions advisors, Hampleton Partners, reveals that 2019 global fundraising for insurtech neared $3 billion in 1H 2019* and is on track to reaching $6 billion by the end of the year. Last year, insurtech fundraises increased 27 per cent, with 257 deals closed in 2018 vs 202 deals in 2017.

Hampleton Partners also noted that nearly one third of insurtech investments targeted European companies, with Europe’s global investment share growing from 23 per cent to 31 per cent.

This trend is spearheaded by insurtech hubs in Germany, the UK and France – with half of the ten largest insurtech investments in 2018 flowing into companies based in Berlin.

12th September 2019

HNW private investors increase exposure to alternative assets

High Net Worth private investors are increasing their exposure to alternative assets to achieve greater portfolio diversification in an uncertain economic climate, reveals research from Connection Capital, the specialist private client investment business.

11th September 2019

Two new appointments at Albemarle Street Partners

Albemarle Street Partners (ASP), the specialist discretionary investment manager and investment consultancy for professional advisers, has announced the appointment of Chris Holdoway as Investment Director and Eleanor Williams as Partnerships Director, with effect from October 2019. 

11th September 2019

PrimaryBid raises £7m from Pentech and Outward VC

PrimaryBid, the award-winning FCA-regulated online platform connecting publicly listed companies with everyday investors for discounted share issuances, has closed a £7 million funding round, led by Pentech and Outward VC with participation from new and existing investors.  The investment enables the company to aggressively expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as accelerate IT product development.

11th September 2019

Moneyshake secures angel funding to shake up car leasing market

The founders of a specialist price comparison website have secured £500,000 of seed-stage investment and are now ready to disrupt the UK car leasing market.  Moneyshake.com helps people find the best lease deals quickly by comparing prices from the UK’s leading providers.  The £500,000 equity investment has been provided by the Development Bank of Wales and serial entrepreneur Tim Scholes, a private investor and experienced strategy professional.

11th September 2019

NVM backs Voxpopme's £7.5m funding round

Voxpopme, a Birmingham-based leading video feedback and analytics company, today announced that it has closed a £7.5m Series A1 equity financing led by Origin Ventures, with participation from Mercia Technologies and NVM Private Equity. The Company intends to use the capital to meet the growing enterprise demand for real-time video feedback and to fund further investment in the platform.

Voxpopme’s SaaS platform helps business leaders build great brands, products and experiences with real-time, consumer-recorded video feedback. The impact of video feedback and real, human stories in modern businesses has driven the rapid adoption of Voxpopme, resulting in triple-digit year-on-year annual recurring revenue growth. The platform is trusted by Airbnb, Clorox, Mars Wrigley, Mondelez, and many more of the world’s leading brands.

11th September 2019

Kitt secures £2 million investment to transform the office leasing market

Managed office platform Kitt has raised £2 million in seed funding and appointed former Fitness First CEO Oren Peleg as Chairman. The funding round was led by Proptech investor and YOPA co-founder Andrew Barclay who will also join the company’s board.

Founded in August 2018 by entrepreneurs Steve Coulson and Lucy Minton, the company is building a platform that transforms the office leasing experience for both tenants and landlords.

On the platform, tenants can visualise and design their space using virtual reality. By partnering with landlords, Kitt then delivers a fully customised fit-out with ongoing office management, all bundled into a single fixed price package.

10th September 2019

Arctic Shores secures $5.5m Series A led by Beringea

Arctic Shores, the Manchester-based psychometric assessment provider, has announced that it has secured a $5.5m Series A investment to accelerate its international expansion. Beringea, the transatlantic venture capital investor, led the transaction with participation from existing shareholders including Candy Ventures.

Arctic Shores was founded in Manchester by Robert Newry and Safe Hammad, two serial entrepreneurs with substantial experience building technology businesses. The business provides a platform for psychometric assessments that leverages a pioneering approach in artificial intelligence and neuroscience – the science of which was developed and led by Lara Montefiori, Chief Scientist at Arctic Shores and an academic at University College London.

10th September 2019

Scribeless attracts £400,000 led by RLC Ventures

Scribeless, which fully automates and personalises handwriting styles to reignite the power of the handwritten letter, has secured £400,000 in its first round of funding.

Whether for marketing outreach, lead generation or product personalisation, in a world where it is becoming increasingly difficult to stand out amongst the digital deluge, scribeless cuts through the noise and adds a personal touch through their tech-enabled human-to-human communication tool.

10th September 2019

Koru Kids Series A round raises £10 million led by Atomico

London-based start-up Koru Kids, has raised £10 million from its Series A round led by Atomico.

The round also featured participation from AlbionVC, Forward Partners, Samos, JamJar, Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital and 7Percent. To date the company has raised £14.1 million in funding.

Koru Kids helps parents find and manage childcare. The new investment will be used to scale the platform.

10th September 2019

Maven strengthens investment team in the South

Maven Capital Partners has strengthened its UK investment team with a senior appointment in the South of England. Luke Matthews joins Maven as an Investment Director, bringing with him two decades’ experience in investment and corporate finance, helping potential high-growth businesses access finance.

 

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