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27th September 2019

ShieldIOT raises $3.6m seed round led by innogy Innovation Hub

ShieldIOT, an IoT security company, offers service providers network-wide cyber protection, increasing revenue streams and securing millions of connected devices.

ShieldIOT, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) cybersecurity software company, has raised $3.6M in a seed funding round.

The round was led by innogy Innovation Hub, the accelerator and venture capital arm of innogy SE, a leading German energy company. The round was joined by additional new and existing investors including Janvest Capital Partners, Danmar Capital, Minvest and private investors.

26th September 2019

Tech giants join the race to own vehicle of the future says Hampleton Partners’ report

The first half of 2019 has seen automotive technology deal-making news led by major tech giants challenging traditional OEMs for ‘ownership’ of the vehicles of the future, says Hampleton Partners’ latest report on Automotive Technology M&A.

Hampleton Partners, the international technology mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance advisors, noted that deal volumes were stable at just under 50 transactions. In addition, investments by Uber, Amazon and Tesla – plus on-going rumours of Apple’s development of an autonomous vehicle software system – garnered the headlines. Not only did they invest in core automotive technology; they also targeted the supporting industries which will allow autonomous and electric vehicle technology to go mainstream.

25th September 2019

BGF backs Orbital Education for further global expansion

Orbital Education has received a minority investment from BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, to support the group’s global growth ambitions.

Headquartered in Manchester, Orbital Education operates premium international schools for local and expat families looking to educate their children within an English-speaking, high-quality school environment. The group was started by serial entrepreneur Kevin McNeany, best known as the founder of Nord Anglia Education, which he led to an IPO in 1997 and is now the world’s largest private education business.

25th September 2019

Ometria raises $21m led by Octopus to save consumers from endless irrelevant marketing

Ometria, the customer marketing platform for retailers, today announces that it has raised $21m in Series B funding to further innovate its AI technology which enables retailers to better understand and better communicate with their customers. The round was led by Octopus Ventures, with Sonae IM and a number of other investors participating as well.

24th September 2019

Cyber-Defense, Software Updates & Outsourcing Spur $100bn in IT Services M&A, says Hampleton

Hampleton Partners’ latest global IT & Business Services M&A Market Report reveals that the sector’s total disclosed deal value reached a whopping $97 billion in 1H 2019 – the highest total on record for a six-month period.

Hampleton Partners, which specialises in international technology M&A and corporate finance, also noted a significant rise in valuations, with overall median disclosed deal amount reaching $43 million in 1H 2019, up from $23 million in 2H 2018.

24th September 2019

Edge Performance VCT exits deltaDNA

Edge Performance VCT, the creative industries VCT managed by leading creative economy specialist Edge Investments, has exited its investment in deltaDNA by Unity Technologies, creator of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platform based in San Francisco.

Launched in 2011 by games industry veterans Chris Wright and Tim Christian, and big data expert, Mark Robinson, Edinburgh-based deltaDNA provides games developers and publishers with cutting edge analytics and a real-time engagement platform which drive the commercial performance of the games. Since inception, the business has continued to expand its activities and has developed to become the platform of choice for over one billion users looking to augment the gaming experience.

23rd September 2019

Social media management platform Agorapulse secures £14.7m

Leading European social media management platform Agorapulse has announced a growth investment round of £14.7 million from three investors - Hi Inov Dentressangle, Cipio Partners and Entrepreneur Venture.

The company, headquartered in Paris, employs more than 65 highly skilled team members from all over the world and has rapidly grown a user base of over 22,500 users across 6,200 accounts to date. Agorapulse has been bootstrapped since its inception to achieve £9 million in ARR, with year-on-year growth exceeding 65%. Agorapulse marks one of the few European companies in the SMB sector that has excelled in the UK market. Agorapulse currently sees an annual UK revenue of  £500,000 and with this new investment Agorapulse plans to continue its expansion across the UK and Europe. 

23rd September 2019

Origin Capital invests in Cyclops Marine

Origin Capital has invested in Cyclops Marine, a specialist provider of load measurement instruments and technologies for sailing vessels. Cyclops has already secured several prestigious clients, not least the New Zealand America’s Cup team. Origin’s Mark Woodhams has joined the Cyclops board of directors.

23rd September 2019

EdTech company Learning with Experts raisess £800k

Learning with Experts has just completed a latest funding round above target, raising £800k with an impressive group of High Net Worth (HNW) Angels. The investment followed an investor showcase pitch to The Oxford Opportunity Network (OION), at Rathbones. New investors joining this round via OION include Rupert Pennant-Rea, Learning with Expert’s New Chairman, former editor of The Economist and Deputy Governor of The Bank of England. 

CEO/Founder Elspeth Briscoe, formerly eBay, The Guardian, and ‘Skype Mafia’ explained: “The raise is enabling us to execute on our hiring plan, to scale our B to B, tech development and marketing teams and to hire new A list tutors for our consumer product.  We intend to drive the next education revolution beyond the MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), with our unique approach to community based, trusted, high quality, global interactive online learning.   MOOCs have 80% drop out rates.  Learning with Experts has 80% course completion rates.”

20th September 2019

GK8 raised $4 m seed funding led by Check Point

Israeli startup GK8, which provides secure end-to-end management of digital assets, has completed the development of a patented technology for sending transactions to the blockchain without any direct or indirect internet connection. GK8 is now emerging out of stealth mode having completed a seed funding round of $4 million, led by Check Point co-founder Marius Nachtand Israel Discount Capital, Israel Discount Bank Investments Arm, with the participation of investors such as the blockchain VC firm EdenBlock, iAngels, IDEAL-HLS, StratX and Israel Innovation Authority.

20th September 2019

Red Sift announces $8.8m funding led by MMC

Red Sift, the cognitive data platform that provides cloud-based email security solutions, has closed a $8.8m investment round from research-led VC  MMC Ventures. New investor In-Q-Tel, Inc. (IQT) the US not-for-profit strategic investor, also invested alongside existing investors, White Star Capital and Oxford Capital. The news of the Series A funding comes as Red Sift plans to expand into the US and makes its latest product, OnINBOX, publicly available.

Founded in 2015 by Rahul Powar and Randal Pinto, Red Sift is a data-driven cybersecurity business that uses machine learning to analyse and synthesise data from core business processes, such as email, to help its global customer base better manage its online security. 

18th September 2019

klarx raises €12.5 million to empower the future of construction

klarx, Europe’s leading online platform for construction machinery rental, has raised €12.5 million in a funding round led by B&C Innovation Investments GmbH (BCII), alongside existing investor Target Global. The funding will facilitate further product development and the company’s expansion into new European markets.  Founded in 2015 by brothers, Matthias and Florian Handschuh, together with Vincent Koch, klarx is a digital platform that seeks to make the supply of construction equipment easier, faster and more cost efficient for its users. 

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