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23rd January 2020

QVentures leads round in blockchain entreprise start-up, Ocyan

QVentures, manager of 29PP Pre-Seed Fund, will be leading the funding round in Ocyan, a cloud operating system for enterprise blockchains and P2P networks. Joining QVentures in the round is Wayra UK, the open innovation arm of Spanish Telecom giant, Telefónica. 

23rd January 2020

 Free Spirit Fund celebrates its third anniversary with top decile performance

 

Free Spirit Fund managed by Sanford DeLand Asset Management (SDL), home to the Buffettology Fund, has celebrated its third anniversary with strong performance; ranking 10th out of the 243 funds in the IA UK All Companies Sector over the same three year period.

 

22nd January 2020

MMC Ventures backs high-growth startup Elder £8.2m fund raising

Elder, a leading care home alternative, has raised another £8.2m funding round as its technology-enabled live-in care service gains nationwide popularity, bringing the total raised to £16.5m.

Elder is one of the UK's fastest-growing startups and has delivered more than 350,000 days of care in more than 300 towns and cities across the UK since 2016 – with the Outer Hebrides being the only remaining area where care is yet to be delivered.

22nd January 2020

Financial services AI business lands £2.5m funding from Praetura

FeedStock, an AI-driven SaaS business that leverages the latest natural language processing technologies to enable financial services companies to meet both their compliance requirements and commercial goals, has secured a £2.5m investment in a funding round led by Praetura Ventures.

22nd January 2020

Guinness and Maven lead £6.4 million funding for Coniq

Coniq has secured £6.4 million of growth equity to meet the growing demand for its award-winning CRM and loyalty platform used by the world’s leading shopping malls, outlets and brands.

The round was led by Guinness Asset Management with Maven Capital Partners, and participation from existing investors Venrex Investment Management. High profile angel investors, including Greg Marsh the founder of OneFineStay, also invested as part of this round.

22nd January 2020

Par Equity report record-breaking Q4 in 2019

 

Par Equity had a record-breaking final three months in 2019, securing one exit, battery technology expert Dukosi, and orchestrating 11 investments. Par, which specialises in investing in young, high-growth companies, saw London-based managers join them in putting money into two of its existing portfolio companies, Current Health and Novosound.

 

21st January 2020

Play Ventures leads £1.75m seed funding for Dataseat

Dataseat, a London-based tech startup, helping mobile app advertisers to manage programmatic media buying in-house, has launched with its first seed round of funding of £1.75m through Play Ventures, Backed.vc and SAATCHiNVEST. The impressive funding syndicate also includes angel investors, ex Criteo, Eric Eichmann (CEO) and Jonathan Wolf (CPO).

20th January 2020

Global VC performance reaches all-time high says eFront data

eFront, the leading financial software and solutions provider dedicated to Alternative Investments, has published its latest Quarterly Private Equity Performance report, showing that venture capital funds globally reached their best ever performance in Q2 2019, surpassing the previous high recorded one year earlier. 

20th January 2020

Dazzle closes £2.3m seed funding and rebrands as HelloDone

Dazzle, the automated conversation platform, has closed its first seed funding round raising £2.3m from global corporates, government accelerators and individuals including Telefonica and Finance Birmingham.

17th January 2020

BookingLive secures £1.31m from Blackfinch Ventures and Development Bank of Wales

BookingLive has secured £1.31 million in new investment from Blackfinch Ventures and the Development Bank of Wales. The funding will help BookingLive with its plans to more than double revenues during 2020, and coincides with a decision to relocate the company headquarters to Cardiff.

Founded by CEO Vinnie Morgan in 2014, BookingLive provides online booking and reservation software to over 700 private and public sector customers. Its Enterprise system clients including Microsoft, BMW, Universal Music Group, the BBC, CAPITA, The City of Westminster, and numerous other public sector agencies across the UK.

17th January 2020

Healthy snacking brand Real Handful  secures NPIF funding

Maven Equity Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, has invested £250,000 in healthy snacking brand Real Handful Limited. The funding will allow the business to invest in product development as well as its sales and marketing activities to develop its commercial offering and expand its team, creating 14 new jobs in the Manchester region.

 

17th January 2020

Logan Energy secures £1 million funding from Kelvin Capital

Clean energy solutions provider, Logan Energy, has secured £1 million investment from Kelvin Capital via their International collaboration with Henan Lanxing Power Equipment Co Ltd (Lanxing) to build on its hydrogen technology capabilities and develop operations in the Chinese market.

This joint venture with Lanxing will kick off in 2020 and will see Logan Energy perform similar business functions in China to its current hydrogen tech activities throughout the UK and Europe.

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