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15th June 2018

British spacetech pioneer Oxford Space Systems secures £6.7m in funding

Oxford Space Systems (OSS) is today announcing it has secured £6.7 million in funding from a syndicate of investors including IQ Capital, Longwall Ventures, Foresight Williams, OTIF, Midven and Wren. The current round, led by Longwall Ventures, brings the total amount raised in external funding to £10m since OSS’ launch in late 2013.

The recent investment makes OSS the most highly funded UK start-up, upstream space technology business.[1] The funding will enable the accelerated development of OSS’s technology – pioneering the 

14th June 2018

Reasons to consider tax-efficient solutions early

When considering tax-efficient investments, advisers and clients should be fully aware that investments are in unquoted stocks which are therefore likely to be high risk and illiquid. Therefore, there is only so much control the adviser and client may have over the investment and timings. However, there are simple steps advisers can take to at least in part attempt to take control of the potential timings, such as when the client may be able to claim any potential tax reliefs and when they ultimately may be able to exit.

14th June 2018

Ascension Ventures and Unicorn India Ventures to launch UK’s first cross border UK-India EIS fund

Ascension Ventures and Unicorn India Ventures partner to launch the UK’s first cross border UK-India EIS fund Businesses to benefit from industry leading mentorship and support for scaling into the high growth Indian market.

Ascension Ventures (AV), a London based early stage VC managing SEIS & EIS funds since 2012, has launched a joint venture with Unicorn India Ventures (UIV), an India based equity and debt VC, to launch the first UK-India EIS Fund.

12th June 2018

Jenson invests in EBar Initiatives

Jenson has made an investment from the Jenson SEIS and EIS Fund 2017/18 in EBar Initiatives Limited. Jenson led an investment syndicate alongside Scottish investors including angel investor groups Gabriel and Equity Gap.

EBar Initiatives aim is to dramatically improve the consumer experience at music and sports events, using their innovative dispensing technology to reduce the time people spend waiting in bar queues. The EBar® is a consumer-operated beverage-dispensing unit capable of rapidly and continuously dispensing perfect pints of beer or soft drinks, taking payment and dispensing drinks up to 3 times faster than is possible at traditional event bars.

8th June 2018

EISA comment: Brexit Brain Drain

In June 2016 the Uni.ed Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU). Nine months later, in March 2017, the new Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the process by sending an Article 50 notification to Brussels.

6th June 2018

Power Roll raises £2.9m to commercialise disruptive energy technologies

Acceleris has advised upon the completion of a £2.9m funding round into Power Roll’s novel energy creation and storage technology from existing shareholders and High Net Worth Individuals.

Power Roll Limited have developed proprietary technology that offers a manufacturing platform to develop paper thin, flexible power generation and energy storage devices. The energy storage technology has the potential to disrupt the market and possesses the following fundamental technology advantages inlcuding higher specific energy density than existing capacitors and supercapacitors, significantly lower cost and size than existing devices and enhanced lifetime for certain applications.

4th June 2018

HBAN’s new London Syndicate to invest €3M in Irish start-ups

 

HBAN (Halo Business Angel Network), the all-island organisation responsible for the promotion of business angel investment, and a joint initiative of Enterprise Ireland and InterTradeIreland, today announces that its new London Syndicate plans to invest €3 million in Irish start-ups over the next three years. Earlier this year, HBAN partnered with the New York-based Digital Irish Angels (DIA) Syndicate, making the London Syndicate the second of HBAN’s international business angel groups. 

 

29th May 2018

Triple Point launches Impact EIS

Triple Point, which provides innovative and compelling investment solutions for private and institutional investors, has announced the launch of its Impact EIS service. 

24th May 2018

Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund invests £2.1m in Oxford Space Systems

Foresight Group has announced the investment of £2.1 million into Oxford Space Systems Limited from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund.

15th May 2018

 How should EIS investors play Brexit countdown?

As we head towards the UK leaving the EU there continues to be much discussion about what the UK economy will resemble in the second quarter of 2019 and beyond.

10th May 2018

Par Equity backed turnaround delivers 75x investment return in five years

An Enterprise Investment Scheme that led to a world-first innovation in online learning has given investors a 75x return on their money in a little over five years.

The Par Syndicate, a business angel network established by Edinburgh-based venture capital firm Par Equity, acquired International Correspondence Schools in late 2012.

At the time, despite being a long-established “distance learning” specialist, ICS was in danger of administration, with 50 jobs and the hopes of thousands of students at risk.

Now, after half a decade of refocusing and growth, it has been transformed into a fully fledged online education provider and a trailblazer in virtual learning environments.

2nd May 2018

Kuber Ventures adds three new growth funds to EIS platform

Kuber Ventures, the fund investment platform offering simplified access to EIS/SEIS portfolios and funds today announces the addition of three new high growth funds to the platform. The addition of the growth funds follows last year’s budget announcement which doubled the investment limit. It also saw the rules tightened to prevent investment in low-risk companies, rather than the innovative, high growth companies the scheme was designed for.

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