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18th September 2019

Exit of B.heard provides Symvan Capital investors with a window onto the blockchain revolution

 

Symvan Capital, an EIS fund manager, has announced that B.heard, a pioneer in the monetisation of the European personal data economy, has been purchased by Sweetbridge Inc., an American company at the forefront of the blockchain economy.  

 

17th September 2019

Hardman & Co spearheads initiative to support new (S)EIS funds

Hardman & Co is leading a new initiative to support (S)EIS funds entering the investment market. It has brought together a wide range of professional services providers with the specific aim of advising, educating and supporting new funds at the start of their journey. By understanding at the outset all the elements needed for a successful launch, the new entrant is in a better position to come to market faster and in a more co-ordinated way.

17th September 2019

Echopoint raises £2.8m to address heart disease treatment

Echopoint Medical Ltd, a spinout company from UCL, has raised £2.8m to develop optical sensing technology to help heart disease patients in a grey zone where the need for treatment is unclear.

Coronary heart disease is a major cause of death worldwide and more than 7 million* people have a diagnosis in the UK alone. Narrowing arteries caused by the disease are commonly treated by the insertion of tiny tubes called stents, but the process is both risky and expensive.

16th September 2019

Talking point: The EISA quarterly Zeitgeist discusses the question of risk

The EISA's Summer 2019 edition of Zeitgeist discusses the tricky question of risk and what it really means in relation to EIS investments.

16th September 2019

Dragon's Den star Nick Jenkins to open the VCT & EIS Investor Forum

Entrepreneur and investor Nick Jenkins, who founded moonpig.com and is a former star of BBC TV's "Dragon's Den", is to be the opening keynote speaker at this year's VCT & EIS Investor Forum on 21st November.

10th September 2019

Praetura  unveils new £10m EIS fund for Northern businesses

Praetura Ventures is raising money for its second Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund, the Praetura EIS 2020 Fund. The company plans to raise up to £10m to invest in around six to eight early-stage companies predominantly in the North of England. This comes less than six months after the VC firm’s record-breaking £15m maiden EIS fundraise.

30th August 2019

Brexit has not dampened EIS opportunity – yet

 

Last week the Digital Economy Council hit headlines with what was, in many respects, a good news story. In the first seven months of the year, UK tech received a record-breaking £5.5bn of foreign investment. There is no doubt some investors will have been enticed by the cheaper pound, but even so the figures are positive and reassuring – particularly when you consider that foreign investment in the rest of the economy is actually falling.

 

21st August 2019

Calculus extis investment in Synpromics exceeding target returns for investors

Scottish biotech company, and the market leader in gene therapy control technologies, Synpromics, has been bought by AskBio, the American pioneer in gene therapeutics.  EIS and VCT fund manager Calculus Capital, which first invested in Synpromics in 2015 and invested £5.6m into the company in total, will receive a return on investment that significantly exceeds target returns.

6th August 2019

Foresight Williams invests £1.5 million in Industry 4.0 metrology experts INSPHERE

Foresight Group has made a £1.5 million investment from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund into INSPHERE Ltd, experts in measurement and automation using innovative value-added metrology.

INSPHERE was founded in 2013 by CEO Ben Adeline and CTO Oliver Martin, originally providing metrology consultancy, sub-contract management and training to manufacturing businesses including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover.

Industries such as aerospace, automotive and defence all employ highly automated manufacturing processes which rely on production lines of robots performing precise and repeatable actions.

12th July 2019

Oxford University is shining a light on the city’s world-class tech innovation

By Tom Hopkins, Business Development Director at Parkwalk

The latest international university league table, compiled by data and research group QS and published in June, saw Oxford rising from fifth to fourth overall. This move up the global ranking coincides with increased interest in the investment opportunities presented by its spin-out companies. 

In this piece, Tom Hopkins of Parkwalk looks at how Oxford is producing world beating companies that are of strategic importance to the UK, and how investors can access the investment opportunities spinning out of one of the best universities in the world.

8th July 2019

Exploring alternatives for investors in a climate of uncertainty

Triple Point's Belinda Thomas considers what alternatives there are for investors seeking income generating investments in a climate of political and economic uncertainty.

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. 

 

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