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22nd March 2019

Maven NPIF invests £150,000 in Collabor8Online

 

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active SME finance providers, has invested £150,000 in cloud-based project management system, Collabor8Online on behalf of NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.  The funding will support the expansion of the senior management, including the appointment of a Chief Technology Officer, strengthen the sales team and invest in extensive product development. Collabor8 will also use the funds raised to commence a targeted contact marketing campaign to better penetrate its customer base in niche sectors, principally construction and associated professional services.

 

22nd March 2019

 Equity management platform secures £1.5 million

 

London-based VC fund Fuel Ventures has expanded its portfolio of early-stage companies and invested £1 million in Capdesk, a progressive private equity management platform.

 

22nd March 2019

WarDucks raises €3.3 million led by EQT Ventures

WarDucks, the Dublin-based augmented reality (AR) game development studio, has announced a €3.3 million funding round. Lead investor in the round is the EQT Ventures fund, with participation from Suir Valley Ventures and other investors. The funding will be used to drive the development of WarDucks’ new location-based AR game and expand the company’s development team. WarDucks’ is the latest investment to be discovered by AI platform Motherbrain. The proprietary platform is used by EQT Ventures to leverage data to identify and proactively contact promising start-ups.

22nd March 2019

Mapping software: the top 21 companies in the space

Since 2010, £120 million has been pumped into UK mapping businesses, a third of which was invested in 2018. Beauhurst has looked at the 21 companies exploring new ground in the UK's mapping sector.

21st March 2019

UKCloud secures investment from Digital Alpha

UKCloud, the multi-cloud experts dedicated to making transformation happen across UK public sector, today announced a significant £25m investment from Digital Alpha Advisors, LLC, that will enable accelerated digital transformation of UK public services through its unique multi-cloud platform.

21st March 2019

GetAgent raises £2.2m led by Marchmont Ventures

Leading estate agency comparison business GetAgent has closed a £2.2m super-seed round from a consortium of investors led by Marchmont Ventures, backers of Motorway.co.uk and joins the Channel 4 Commercial Growth Fund, the investment arm of Channel 4 Television which invested in 2018.  GetAgent is the estate agency comparison website, comparing the performance of every UK estate agency via multiple, third party data points to reliably help potential home sellers choose the right agent based upon performance.

20th March 2019

Rcapital exits Cash Generator in franchisee sale

Private investor Rcapital has completed a Franchisee-led Buyout of Cash Generator, a successful and well established retail business, focused on being the first place customers come to sell and buy second hand items.

20th March 2019

IW Capital viewpoint on the Spring Statement

Luke Davis, CEO and Founder of IW Capital, and Small business expertcomments on the Spring Statement.

“The Chancellor rightly recognised the importance of the UK’s fantastic entrepreneurs, small businesses and investors, as they lead the way in our private sector economy. Brexit has dominated the political and economic landscape recently but despite this we have seen a huge amount of investor confidence and deal-flow at IW Capital in supporting small businesses.

20th March 2019

Leading neuro-tech firm Neurovalens raises £4.6 million

Belfast-based health tech company, Neurovalens, has secured one of the largest ever Series A investments generated by a Northern Irish technology company.

The company specialises in using neuroscience to solve everyday health issues.

The £4.6 million raise was led by London-based Wharton Asset Management along with Cambridge based IQ Capital. The round was also supported by Techstart Ventures, through its Invest NI-backed fund, The UU Fund, Co-Fund NI managed by Clarendon Fund Management, Beltrae Partners and the Angel CoFund.

19th March 2019

Bowmark Capital backs buy-out of Pirum from Five Arrows

Bowmark Capital is backing the buy-out of Pirum Systems, the leading provider of post-trade market infrastructure technology for the global securities finance industry, from Five Arrows Principal Investments.  The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to complete in April 2019.

19th March 2019

AlbionVC study highlights impact of workplace culture on companies’ ability to scale

AlbionVC, the technology investment arm of Albion Capital, today published a new study which establishes a clear link between a company’s ‘fitness to scale’ - an analysis of five internal benchmarks - and commercial success. It also identifies certain elements of a company’s workplace culture that enable hyper-fast growth, and others likely to constrain it. 

18th March 2019

Keensight Capital achieves €1 billion for fifth Growth Buyout fund

Keensight Capital, one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout[1] investments, announces the first and final closing of its new fund, Keensight V, at the €1 billion hard cap, exceeding the fund target of €750 million.

The fund was substantially oversubscribed with strong support from existing LPs, as well as new investors from Europe, North America, the Middle East and Asia. The globally diverse LP base for Keensight V comprises c. 90% of subscriptions from institutional investors (asset managers, pension funds, insurance companies, banks and sovereign wealth funds), and c.10% from former portfolio company CEOs and family offices.

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