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15th November 2019

Teysha Technologies raises £1.2m supported by Angel Investment Network

Bioplastics company Teysha Technologies has successfully raised £1.2m of investment, supported by Angel Investment Network (AIN), the world’s largest online angel investing platform. London-based Teysha has created a patented, renewable, fully biodegradable plastic substitute, using waste from landfill to creating polymers for hundreds of different applications.

14th November 2019

DSW Angels backs e-commerce platform Shopblocks as part of £500k funding

Shopblocks has raised funding from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s GM Investment Fund, its existing investor Dow Schofield Watts Angels (DSW Angels), and members of the management team to support its expansion in the UK and overseas.

 

11th November 2019

43% of female angel investors are eyeing up exits in 2020 says HBAN survey

HBAN, the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and an initiative of Enterprise Ireland, InterTradeIreland and Invest Northern Ireland, has revealed that 43% of female angel investors are eyeing up exits from their investee companies in the next 12 months.

The survey, carried out by HBAN amongst angel investors across the island of Ireland, found that some 83% of female angels are particularly interested in getting involved with start-ups working in the medtech industry. At the moment, 67% of female investors have investments in this sector.

7th November 2019

Santander buys majority stake in UK fintech Ebury

Santander has bought a majority stake in UK-based Fintech company Ebury for £350m. The bank now holds 50.1 percent in Ebury, a trade and foreign exchange facilitator for small and medium-sized companies. The Angel CoFund first invested in Ebury in its seed round in 2012 and has invested £1.3m in total across four funding rounds. The firm retains a shareholding of Ebury.

6th November 2019

Oxford University biotech spin-out raises over £2M to combat resistance to antibiotics

Oxford Drug Design Limited (ODD), a biotechnology company with a proprietary computational and machine learning platform, has raised a combined £2.2M in funding from the Angel CoFund (ACF), o2h Ventures and other new investors, and grant funding from the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)'s UK-China research competition. This brings the firm’s total amount of grant and equity funding raised in 2019 to over £9M.

1st November 2019

CorrosionRADAR raises £1 million from Mercia managed MEIF

CorrosionRADAR, a Midlands business that has found a way to detect corrosion and prevent leaks in assets such as pipelines through a network of remote sensors, has completed a £1m funding round from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund.

A spin-out from Cranfield University, CorrosionRADAR addresses the challenge of how to detect corrosion in pipelines and other assets where the surface is covered by insulation. The firm uses a network of sensors placed on the pipe to continuously monitor its condition and detect problem areas, along with advanced analytics and artificial intelligence to predict where faults are likely to occur. The system allows facilities managers to focus their resources most effectively and helps prevent leaks.

21st October 2019

Luminous Group raises £400,000 from Mercia for food safety software

Luminous Group, the Newcastle company which is one of the UK’s leading mixed reality experts, has raised over £400,000 to support the launch of a new software to reduce hygiene risks in food processing plants.

The investment round was led by the North East Venture Fund (NEVF), which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Mercia, and included funding from private investors. The firm is now planning to create 28 new jobs over the next three years as it expands its management and technical teams.

16th October 2019

Renewable energy tech startup Sennen secures investment from Sustainable Accelerator

Technology company, Sennen, whose software increases the reliability and productivity achieved by renewable energy owners, has secured financial backing from investment firm Sustainable Accelerator in its first round of seed funding.

Experienced renewable energy business angels Colin Palmer and David Bunker are also investing in the business. Further investors will be announced soon with the total round expected to be nearly £400,000, double the initial target.

14th October 2019

Browne Jacobson advises Impala as it secures $11m funding

Browne Jacobson’s corporate finance team has advised Impala on its successful $11 million investment round.

10th October 2019

Angel Investment Network reports strong annual revenue growth

Angel Investment Network (AIN), the world’s largest online angel investment platform, has announced strong growth, with annual revenues up 9.4% year on year and a record number of deals for the broking business. AIN connects startups with angel investors and now has more than a million users in total on the platform.

AIN received over 100,000 pitches in the past year from entrepreneurs across the globe, with the figure doubling over the last two years. Alongside existing markets there has been a rapid growth of startups coming from emerging markets. Meanwhile investors registering on the site have surged nearly 40% year on year, now standing at more than 200,000 registered business angels.

8th October 2019

Smart textiles company Footfalls gains additional investment for expansion plans

Foresight Group LLP has announced a further £749k equity investment into Footfalls and Heartbeats Limited through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF), leading a £1.5m round with additional backing from the University of Nottingham and several new and existing High Net Worth Investors.

7th October 2019

Scaleup Nation: The Rise of Scaleup Businesses in the UK

 

The phenomenal increase of scaleups in recent years has seen the UK make great advances in support of high-growth businesses. In light of this, John Duckworth, Managing Director at Instant Offices delves into the rapid growth of a Scaleup Nation and what the key factors are to help SMEs step up to the next stage of development.

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