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16th October 2018

 Why being lean is more attractive to potential investors

Gianluca Bisceglie, founder and CEO of Visyond, discusses why a lean startup model can help attract investment.

16th October 2018

Seraphim  Capital's Space Camp Mission 2 cohort revealed

Seraphim Capital has revealed the startups that are participating in Mission 2 for Space Camp, the world’s first dedicated accelerator for global startups in the SpaceTech industry. The cohort includes 10 companies, expanding on the six that took part in the successful Mission 1 earlier this year. Featuring startups from the UK, the US, Norway, and Sweden, Space Camp is being run from the offices of global law firm Dentons at London’s St Pauls.

Launched by Seraphim Capital and backed by corporate sponsors such as Inmarsat, Rolls-Royce, and Cyient, as well as the UK and European space agencies, SA Catapult, and Capital Enterprise, alongside Seraphim Space Fund partners including Airbus, Surrey Satellite Technology, SES, and Telespazio, Space Camp is a nine-week programme, culminating in an investor day on 20 November.

16th October 2018

BGF invests £2 million in high-growth HeleCloud

HeleCloud, an IT consultancy and managed services provider specialising in highly sophisticated Cloud strategy, implementation, migration and operation services, has received a £2m minority investment from BGF to further accelerate its growth strategy. Thnding will support the company’s services portfolio expansion, the establishment of its presence into further European territories, and the development of new Cloud capabilities. HeleCloud was founded in 2016 and has grown rapidly and currently has more than 50 employees. It has an exceptional reputation and has already worked on projects with global corporations and household names, and references market disruptors such as Viber, the NEX Group, and Zopa.

16th October 2018

AIMA research provides road map for new hedge funds

New research now offers a unique road map for all emerging and start-up hedge fund managers as they make their way to $1bn AUM. This has been achieved byanalysing the path to growth and crucial insights of larger, more established managers who blazed a trail in building billion-dollar hedge fund businesses.

Produced by the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), alternative prime broker GPP and Edgefolio, ‘Making it Big’ is informed through an industry wide survey and a series of roundtable discussions posed to asset managers and industry allocators representing an estimated $500bn in total hedge fund AUM. Hedge fund representation in the report includes responses from 155 managers and, crucially, also reflects the opinions of 60 hedge fund allocators, accounting for approximately $89bn.

16th October 2018

Stride and Albion back Forward Health's $3.9m fundraising

Forward Health, the app working to reinvent healthcare communication, has raised a $3.9m seed funding-round led by Stride.VC, with additional backing from Albion Capital. The funds are joined by an impressive roster of angel backers, including healthtech founders Jay Desai from US company Patient Ping and Melissa Morris from UK-based Lantum.

Forward was founded in 2016 by UK doctors Barney Gilbert and Lydia Yarlott, alongside serial entrepreneur Philip Mundy. Their mission is to connect healthcare systems around the world, making communication secure, transparent and flexible for healthcare professionals and patients.

15th October 2018

Interview with serial angel Dr Steve Garnett

Dr Steve Garnett, the angel investor behind Fairsail which was sold last year to The Sage Group for $150 million, shares his experiences of angel investing, with Funding London.  

15th October 2018

Speech Graphics raises £2m from Archangels, Par Equity and Scottish Investment Bank

The team behind Lara Croft’s smile in the newly launched bestselling Shadow of the Tomb Raider video game are turning their technology sights on the customer service sector following a significant funding boost.

Speech Graphics is an Edinburgh and California based technology business which provides market-leading, real-time audio based facial animation, featuring in productions from video games to music videos and now, with a £2m investment from Archangels, the prominent business angel syndicate, Par Equity and Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) the company is targeting the customer service sector’s Intelligent Virtual Assistant market from its base in the San Francisco Bay area of California.

15th October 2018

Investing in SEIS?  Some dos and don’ts

By Martin Sherwood, Enterprise Investment Partners

If you are considering investing in the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) this year, here are a few tips to bear in mind. The tax benefits of SEIS are very attractive, but there are a few pitfalls you need to avoid.

15th October 2018

Green Angel Syndicate backs Piclo to transform energy trading

Green Angel Syndicate has invested in Piclo (formerly Open Utility) in its latest round to finance the expansion of its revolutionary energy trading software system, Piclo Flex.

‘Flexibility’ is the term used in the energy market to describe the balancing of energy consumption or generation in response to a price or an instruction. There is currently no efficient system to trade flexible energy consumption and generation in a dynamic, responsive and – most of all – rapid manner.

15th October 2018

Par Equity invests £1.3m in Censo

Edinburgh-based venture capital firm Par Equity has invested £1.3m in a rapidly growing stem-cell research company that is helping pharmaceutical giants to develop new treatments for diseases including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

12th October 2018

Foresight invests £2.5m into B2B SaaS provider Accrosoft

Foresight Group has announced the £2.5 million growth capital investment into Accrosoft Limited.

Based in Loughborough, Accrosoft is a software as a service company with two products currently in the market, Vacancy Filler, an Applicant Tracking System which automates the recruitment process for organisations and Weduc, an engagement tool to enable parent-teacher communication.

Accrosoft was founded in 2008 by Alex Khakbiz and Mitesh Chauhan, experienced SaaS entrepreneurs. Vacancy Filler, launched in 2013, automates much of the recruitment management process for businesses. The product now boasts over 200 customers across a range of sectors, including supermarket Aldi, which manages over 4,000 daily applications.

12th October 2018

Downing Crowd launches further £2.5M bond fundraise for energey projects

Investment platform Downing Crowd is launching a ‘7-day access’ bond which will invest a further £2.5 million for renewable energy generation and reserve power company, Bagnall Energy. 

Bagnall Energy, which is managed by Downing LLP, has funded more than £165 million of UK energy projects since launch in 2013.  It currently has a portfolio of 40 projects in operational solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and reserve power, across the UK.

Downing Crowd has already successfully raised £2.2 million for Bagnall Energy. To help fund its future pipeline of energy projects, Bagnall Energy plans to issue up to a total of £20 million of additional bonds. 

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