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18th July 2019

Parkwalk leads £12.8m funding in Paragraf

UK-founded graphene-based electronics technology company Paragraf has closed a £12.8m Series A round led by Parkwalk. The round also included investment from IQ Capital PartnersAmadeus Capital Partners and Cambridge Enterprise, the commercialisation arm of the University of Cambridge, as well as several angel investors. The funding will see Paragraf’s first graphene-based electronics products reach the market, transitioning the company into a commercial, revenue-generating entity.

18th July 2019

IQ Capital raises over $300m to invest in deep-tech

Deep-tech venture capital firm IQ Capital has launched a new $125 million Growth Opportunities Fund and closed its third venture fund, IQ Capital Fund III, at $175 million, bringing the total new capital to be invested to over $300 million.

18th July 2019

Newcastle Angel Hub hosts first pitching event

North East entrepreneurs developing industry-changing innovation have taken to the stage in the first of a series of new pitching events delivered by the recently launched Newcastle Angel Hub.

18th July 2019

Maven invests £650k in passenger transfer booking platform Ski-Lifts

Maven Capital Partners, has led a £650,000 investment in Manchester-headquartered passenger transfers booking platform Ski-Lifts Limited.  A total of £500,000 has been invested by NPIF – Maven Equity Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund and a £150,000 was provided by the Greater Manchester Loan Fund, also managed by Maven.

 

18th July 2019

START-UP SPOTLIGHT with Knowledge Transfer Network's Ian Tracey

This month’s Start-up Spotlight features an interview with Head of Access to Funding and Finance at the Knowledge Transfer Network, Ian Tracey.

17th July 2019

Quantum based encryption gets significant boost with £2.7m funding in Crypta Labs

Crypta Labs has completed a £2.7 million (US$ 3.4m) funding round led by Bloc Ventures and includes £1,000,000 (US$ 1.3m) debt finance from Innovate UK.

Crypta Labs is a quantum cybersecurity company which develops IP, hardware and related software using the quantum properties of light to secure highly critical data and communication devices embedded in critical infrastructure for the aerospace, communication, medical, military, and transport sectors

17th July 2019

BGF reaches landmark investment milestone injecting £2bn into UK & Irish SMEs

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has committed £2 billion into UK and Irish SMEs from its balance sheet of £2.5 billion.

The landmark capital investment was reached following £7.5m of growth funding for Merseyside-based manufacturer Joloda International, as well as BGF’s most active day ever for capital deployment in mid-June, with a total of £48m committed.

17th July 2019

British entrepreneur makes history with purchase of US jukebox company Rock-Ola

A British games and Jukebox entrepreneur, Alexander Walder-Smith, has acquired Rock-Ola, the last authentic American Jukebox manufacturing company and one of the world's most iconic Jukebox brands. Rock-Ola famously inspired the term 'Rock and Roll', and has been manufacturing games and Jukeboxes since 1927, starting out in Chicago and later moving to California's West coast, seen by many as the jukebox's spiritual home.

17th July 2019

Luminous Ventures Invests £1million in AI diagnosis software for early lung cancer

Luminous Ventures has made a £1million investment in Optellum, developers of the world’s first AI clinical diagnosis support software for personalized early lung cancer diagnosis and treatment.

17th July 2019

Cognism raises $10m Series B  to move sales from an art to a science

End-to-end sales acceleration platform Cognism has raised $10m in Series B funding for its next-generation sales acceleration solution, bringing its total funding to just over $16.5m. The round was led by New York-based PeakSpan Capital.  Founded in 2016 by James Isilay (CEO), an expert in algorithmic technologies, natural language processing and machine learning, alongside Stjepan Buljat (CTO), Cognism has seen rapid growth since raising initial funding in 2017, with ARR growth of over 4x in 2018.

 

16th July 2019

InnovationRCA awarded ‘Accelerator of the Year at UKBAA Awards

The Royal College of Art’s incubator InnovationRCA has won ‘Accelerator of the Year’ at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards 2019.

The Award, announced at the UKBAA Angel Investment Awards ceremony on 2 July, recognises the accelerator that has demonstrated the most dynamic programme of support for their cohort of start up and early stage entrepreneurs during the past year.

16th July 2019

MMC leads £4m Series A funding in Tyk to support US expansion

Tyk Technologies Ltd, creators of an industry-leading API gateway and management platform, has secured £4m in Series A funding, led by MMC Ventures to accelerate its business securing, simplifying and scaling organisations’ API programmes.

 

The MMC Ventures-led Series A funding will be used to accelerate Tyk’s presence in rapidly-growing markets, specifically the US, where the company has established itself as the key challenger brand in the API space against competitors like Google’s Apigee, CA Technologies, and IBM. Tyk will be opening an office in Atlanta this summer to add to the Singapore office opened in 2017.

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