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6th August 2019

Foresight Williams invests £1.5 million in Industry 4.0 metrology experts INSPHERE

Foresight Group has made a £1.5 million investment from the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund into INSPHERE Ltd, experts in measurement and automation using innovative value-added metrology.

INSPHERE was founded in 2013 by CEO Ben Adeline and CTO Oliver Martin, originally providing metrology consultancy, sub-contract management and training to manufacturing businesses including Rolls-Royce, Airbus and Jaguar Land Rover.

Industries such as aerospace, automotive and defence all employ highly automated manufacturing processes which rely on production lines of robots performing precise and repeatable actions.

12th July 2019

Oxford University is shining a light on the city’s world-class tech innovation

By Tom Hopkins, Business Development Director at Parkwalk

The latest international university league table, compiled by data and research group QS and published in June, saw Oxford rising from fifth to fourth overall. This move up the global ranking coincides with increased interest in the investment opportunities presented by its spin-out companies. 

In this piece, Tom Hopkins of Parkwalk looks at how Oxford is producing world beating companies that are of strategic importance to the UK, and how investors can access the investment opportunities spinning out of one of the best universities in the world.

8th July 2019

Exploring alternatives for investors in a climate of uncertainty

Triple Point's Belinda Thomas considers what alternatives there are for investors seeking income generating investments in a climate of political and economic uncertainty.

25th June 2019

Fertility startup  Dr Fertility raises £1 million seed funding

North West-focused Praetura Ventures has backed fertility startup Dr Fertility in a £1m seed round. The first investment of Praetura’s maiden EIS Fund will be used to develop Dr Fertility into a full-service digital health platform.  Founded by Dr Lucy Buckley, PhD and Kobi McCardle in June 2018, Dr Fertility was created to address the problem of conflicting, unreliable information about fertility. With patients having to wait up to two years between GP advice and the first outpatient appointment, and no central, official platform for fertility advice, Lucy and Kobi saw the need to support the 1 in 7 couples in the UK that are affected by infertility. 

 

10th June 2019

Praetura Ventures closes maiden EIS fund at £15 million

Praetura Ventures today has closed its 2019 Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) fund at £15m, making it the largest-ever maiden EIS fund. It will use the money to help address the £300m venture funding gap in the North West of England. The £15m investment vehicle will back 8-10 tech-enabled early-stage businesses predominantly in the region, who will use the capital to hire key staff, invest in new technologies and, ultimately, scale.

10th June 2019

EMV Capital portfolio company Q-bot secures £3m funding

London-based Q-Bot, an EMVC portfolio robotics company that has developed a solution to remotely apply underfloor insulation, has successfully completed a £3m Series A investment round to fund the next stage of its growth.

Q-Bot has developed a range of robotic and AI technologies that can survey, maintain and upgrade buildings. Q-Bot uses robots to apply underfloor insulation underneath suspended floors to improve their energy efficiency and comfort with much less disruption and cost than traditional methods. Q-Bot’s customers include housing associations, local authorities, private homeowners and landlords.

6th June 2019

Why the future looks bright for EIS investment in the media and creative industries

Dan Perkins, a Director at Great Point, the UK’s leading independent media and investment firm talks about the opportunities in film and media investment and why the sector's future looks brighter than ever. 

5th June 2019

Calculus Capital and Stargrove Pictures launch ‘new breed’ creative content fund

Calculus Capital and Stargrove Pictures have launched a new EIS fund in association with the British Film Institute (BFI) to help deliver vital funding for the UK’s most promising screen content companies.

22nd May 2019

Great Point backs Seven Seas Films to support growth

Great Point, the UK’s leading independent media and investment firm, has invested in Seven Seas Films, an independent TV production company whose team has a track record of producing high-quality scripted drama and comedy that has led to a number of hit TV shows.

Great Point’s backing will combine financial investment with its unrivalled media industry expertise and contacts to help Seven Seas take advantage of the buoyant market for high-end scripted series and build a valuable slate of IP and a production hub for returning series and new formats.

21st May 2019

Blu Wireless raises $16.6 million in growth funding

Blu Wireless has raised £12.7m ($16.6m) in a growth funding round led by existing investors Arm, Calculus Capital, Kendall and MGL, and including major new investor Guinness Asset Management. The investment will be used to scale the worldwide deployment of devices exploiting Blu Wireless’s HYDRA mmWave technology across a range of 5G applications.  Blu Wireless is already working with tier-1 telecoms infrastructure providers and leading semiconductor companies in the US, Japan, the UK and mainland Europe as they look to deploy HYDRA based devices within applications demanding 5G levels of bandwidth and low latency connectivity. 

21st May 2019

Deepbridge Capital appoints Head of Corporate Finance and adds three to investment team

Deepbridge Capital has appointed Samantha Piddington as its new Head of Corporate Finance. Deepbridge has also added three further individuals to its investment team.

20th May 2019

SEIS/EIS: great tax benefit democratised or too great administrative hassle and risk?

 

In his second article, James Murdoch considers the substantive advantages of SEIS/EIS for UK investors and whether the administrative aspects of these reduce some of the benefits or add to the risk of investing.

 

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