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12th December 2018

iDefigo raises latest funding from Unicorn Ascension Fund

iDefigo Group Ltd, which offers IoT (Internet of Things) solutions for the surveillance industry, has raised £1.5m as part of their latest round. This is the Unicorn Ascension Fund’s second deal over the course of one month. UAF has participated in this round as a co-investor with other early stage investors including Ascension Ventures, which is also one of the partners in UAF.

11th December 2018

Investing in Computing Architecture – Part II

Eva Rez from Episode 1 gives her explores Investing in Computing Architecture in the second part of this series.

10th December 2018

Maven and SIB exit investment in Incremental delivering a 4.1x return

Maven Capital Partners and the Scottish Investment Bank have exited from Incremental Group Holdings Limited, delivering a 4.1x return for investors. This transaction is the second highly profitable exit for Maven investors in a week, following the sale of global telecom services provider Indigo-Belcom, which also delivered a return of more than four times the original investment.

Incremental is a market leading digital technology services business, employing 125 people across five sites in Glasgow, London, Manchester, Inverurie and Northwich. Incremental helps clients achieve digital transformation across core business applications, moving to the cloud and leveraging data and AI.

10th December 2018

Maven & YFM exit Indigo Telecom Group

Maven Capital Partners and YFM Equity Partners have exited their investment in Indigo Telecom Group, to Growth Capital Partners, generating a return of 4.2x original cost to their respective funds. 

Maven led the management buyout of Indigo Telecom in 2016 and during the term of its investment supported the business with the strategic acquisition of Belcom247 in September 2017, together forming the enlarged Indigo-Belcom Group. Following the successful acquisition, revenues increased from £12 million to a forecast of over £30 million in the current year, with underlying profits increasing from £1.3 million to over £4 million.


South Wales based Indigo Telecom designs, installs and maintains telecom networks across the globe, enabling its clients to deliver fixed line, broadband, mobile and other data services to a wide variety of corporate, enterprise and consumer end users.

3rd December 2018

OpenLegacy Raises $30 Million from Worldwide Strategic & Financial Investors

OpenLegacy, the leader in microservices-based API integration for back-end applications, has closed a funding round of $30 million. The investment will further strengthen its premier market position of enabling established enterprises to go truly digital.

3rd December 2018

Moteefe raises fresh funding from the Unicorn Ascension Fund

Custom Materials Ltd (“Moteefe”), a social commerce platform, has recently raised funding from the Unicorn Ascension Fund (UAF). This is UAF’s first ever deal since its launch earlier this summer. UAF has participated in this round as a co-investor with other early stage investors including Ascension Ventures, Livingbridge and Force Over Mass Capital (FOMCAP). Ascension Ventures, Livingbridge and FOMCAP are existing investors in Moteefe and have raised their stake in the company during this round.


27th November 2018

OMass Therapeutics announces £14 M Series A financing

OMass Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company using structural mass spectrometry to discover novel medicines, has announced completion of a £14 million Series A financing. New investor Syncona Ltd led the round, alongside Oxford Sciences Innovation. The financing supports development of a pipeline of drug development programmes.

23rd November 2018

Mercia backed BlackCurve bolsters leadership team

Mercia backed price management and optimisation company, BlackCurve, has strengthened its leadership team with the appointment of software entrepreneur Martin Fincham as Chairman and Chee Wong, the former COO of Shazam, as Technical Advisor.

This follows a £500,000 investment from Mercia Fund Managers and software entrepreneur and investor, Nick Kingsbury, earlier this year. Since raising the seed round, BlackCurve has continued to bolster its team, expand its client base and make strong progress building out its product, including key integrations with BigCommerce, Magento and Shopify.

23rd November 2018

Sunamp raises £2.2m late seed funding from Equity Gap and Par Equity

The late seed round included further participation from Scottish Investment Bank, Equity Gap, PAR Equity and a number of new investors including Japanese energy utility Osaka Gas. This round completes the seed investment stage, positioning the company well to raise a ‘series A’ round early next year. The company plans to use the funds towards expansion of its international footprint and further scaling its operations.

23rd November 2018

Origin Capital supports a £1.5m investment Into Echion Technologies

Origin Capital has announced that it led a syndicate supporting Echion Technologies in its recent £1.5m round to fund its development of advanced lithium-ion batteries.  Echion is a Cambridge University spin-out that is working to produce batteries that will charge at an order of magnitude faster rate as compared to conventional technology, without compromising energy density, safety, cost, ease of manufacture or durability.

22nd November 2018

W2 Global Data Solutions secures £3m Series A funding

W2, a provider of SaaS, B2B software solutions and services has today announced it has completed a £3 million Series A round of financing with investment from investors Mercia Technologies PLC and the Development Bank of Wales.  

This substantial funding builds on an exceptional year for W2 which saw a rapidly growing list of clients, key employee appointments and market momentum in target sectors such as emerging payments, betting and gaming.

This funding will help W2 to further expand its sales and marketing efforts as well as broaden and accelerate product development and extend its global reach.

21st November 2018

Drone Evolution secures £180k from Wales Angel Co-investment Fund

The Development Bank of Wales’ latest fund, the Wales Angel Co-investment Fund, will provide its first £90,000 of match funding to a syndicate of five business angels investing in Drone Evolution.

Lead investor, Andrew Diplock is former MD of UES Energy, a company formed in Caerphilly which he grew to a successful exit in late 2015. Andrew invests solely in Welsh rooted businesses and is also a member of the Welsh Government’s Valleys Taskforce in addition to being a Governor at Coleg y Cymoedd.

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