19th March 2019
Tim Allan is joining the board of Archangels, the leading angel investor group specialising in early stage technology and life sciences companies in Scotland. He succeeds Alastair Salvesen CBE, who is retiring from the Archangels board after 10 years.
Archangels’ members invest in, and mentor, promising start-up and early stage companies from Scotland’s vibrant technology and life sciences sectors. Established in 1992, Archangels has made a significant contribution to the Scottish economy, with its investments leveraging an estimated ?1.2bn of GVA and creating around 4,000 highly skilled jobs. The current portfolio of companies employs over 650 people.
19th March 2019
A new investor network has launched with the goal of building an ecosystem of entrepreneurialism and investment around the University of St Andrews. The St Andrews Angels of London will be an alumni-led investor group comprising seasoned investors, entrepreneurs, business leaders and alumni. The group will provide investment capital, strategic advice and mentoring to early stage businesses founded by St Andrews alumni or introduced by the group’s members. They will also support spinouts coming directly out of the University.
15th March 2019
Glasgow based investment syndicate Kelvin Capital has moved into its tenth year of business by completing its biggest investment year yet.
A total of £10.5 million was invested across nine businesses in its portfolio in 2018, made up by eight follow on investments and one new investment.
The Kelvin Capital portfolio covers sectors including internet and app technology, biotech, life sciences and electronic manufacturing and medical technologies and continues to support disruptive technologies with global ambitions.
13th March 2019
Angel Investment Network (AIN) the UK’s largest online platform connecting angel investors with startups has launched a new platform connecting female founders and investors. The new ‘Female Founders’ platform was set up to address the underrepresentation of women in the industry both as investors and founders.
13th March 2019
In this month's Startup Spotlight Invested Investor speaks to Ramona Liberoff, an experienced and dynamic investor with decades of business experience.
She is currently a Fellow of the Zinc VC programme and is an active angel investor, and was formerly the chief operating officer of the Innogy Innovation Hub and CEO of SPRING Accelerator. She is passionate about global system challenges that create major opportunities such as energy access, electromobility, automation, the use of data and machine learning.
11th March 2019
VenueScanner has raised £1 million to roll out its sharing economy marketplace for booking venues.
VenueScanner aims to become the #1 online destination for events globally, changing the landscape of discovering and booking space online, by creating a simple and smart self-service platform for hosts and organisers.
Current investor Tom Singh explains: “We’re excited to continue to back the VenueScanner team. They've scaled a unique approach to innovating in the events market, with 18k spaces live across 15 UK cities. The range of companies using VenueScanner for finding event space, from Deloitte to Lululemon is testament to the product.
7th March 2019
Growth in the UK private sector remained stagnant in the three months to February as momentum in early 2019 remained subdued, the latest Confederation of British Industry Growth Indicator showed on Sunday. Looking ahead, further decline is anticipated with private sector activity expected to fall slightly, in the quarter to May, with a negative balance of 4%.
Two trade associations, who work at policy level to help small businesses secure growth funding, and a private investment house specialising in alternative investment for SMEs, discuss the reasons behind the slowdown and the support needed for small businesses to prop up the private sector.
4th March 2019
Angel CoFund backed energy technology company Limejump is to be acquired by Shell*. With this deal Limejump’s technology and management team will enable both companies to continue to take steps to support the UK energy system’s transition to a lower carbon future. Upon completion Limejump will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Shell.
1st March 2019
Aston University and University of Birmingham Enterprise have teamed up with Minerva, one of the UK’s largest traditional angel investor networks, to expand the funding opportunities available to start-up businesses in the West Midlands by launching a network of ‘business angels with insight’ for Birmingham.
Minerva Business Angels is part of the University of Warwick Science Park. The new Minerva Birmingham network will meet regularly at Aston University to provide access to investment for innovative businesses in the region looking to grow. University of Birmingham Enterprise will provide pitch training and mentoring for those local businesses seeking investment from the network, while Minerva will contribute its tried-and-tested angel investment model.
25th February 2019
FLOWERBX, the online, wholesale, flower-delivery service, has announced it has closed a £4.2m ($5.5m US) fundraising round. The new funding will pave the way for the company’s US launch, scheduled for May 2019.
21st February 2019
Gradtouch, a Manchester Based job matching business, has received a funding boost of £150K from GC Angels, the angel investment arm of the Growth Company.
18th February 2019
Angel-backed peer-to-peer tasking app Pinga has announced its expansion across Central London, following a successful launch in Hackney last year.