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6th December 2018

The Stanhope Entrepreneurs Fund leads S4 Capital equity raise

The Stanhope Entrepreneurs Fund, a growth capital fund managed by Stanhope Capital, the global investment and advisory group, has completed its first investment.

The SEF is the lead investor in a c.$90 million equity raise into S4 Capital plc (“S4”), the new era digital advertising and marketing services company established by Sir Martin Sorrell earlier this year. The capital was raised by S4 to fund the acquisition of MightyHive for a total consideration of $150 million.

MightyHive is the San Francisco-based market-leading programmatic solutions provider for forward-thinking marketers and agencies. This transaction follows S4’s acquisition of MediaMonks in July and furthers the company’s strategy of combining award winning creative production with digital media planning and buying and first party data. As part of the transaction, Stanhope Capital’s founder and CEO Daniel Pinto will join the Board of S4.

6th December 2018

Ecore completes €255 M senior secured notes offering

H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm with over €26 billion of equity capital under management, is pleased to announce that its portfolio company Groupe Ecore (“Ecore”) successfully completed a high-yield bond placement. The Group issued €255 million in senior secured floating rate notes, with Barclays acting as sole bookrunner.

5th December 2018

British Business Bank invests in £30m Northern Ireland Growth Finance Fund

The British Business Bank, the UK government-owned economic development bank, has today announced a £10.5m commitment to WhiteRock Capital Partners LLP’s new Growth Finance Fund. This is the first time that the Bank has invested in a fund aimed exclusively at supporting growing businesses in Northern Ireland.

The Growth Finance Fund will support loans from £500,000 up to £2m to established smaller growing businesses in Northern Ireland over the next four years.Companies seeking funding – the majority of which are expected to be operating in the manufacturing, engineering or tradable services sectors – must be based in Northern Ireland and be demonstrating existing growth.

4th December 2018

Mobeus backs Kudos to accelerate research impact

Kudos, the award-winning service for maximising the reach and impact of academic research, has closed a Series A investment round led by Mobeus.

The global research sector is undergoing significant and accelerating change. In the pursuit of greater efficiency, the way in which projects are funded, published and evaluated is being overhauled. With over £150bn* invested annually in research through universities worldwide – much of this funded by taxpayers – innovation is needed to improve the return on this expenditure; effective communication of research results is central to this.

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.


30th November 2018

InMotion makes planning adventures easy


Jaguar Land Rover's venture capital fund  InMotion Ventures has announced its seed investment in WeTrip, the digital platform making group holiday planning and booking simpler.


30th November 2018

Foresight makes £249,000 MEIF investment into Footfalls and Heartbeats Ltd


Foresight Group LLP has announced a £249,000 equity investment into Footfalls and Heartbeats Limited through the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF). 


30th November 2018

Northstar Ventures to boost Durham's small businesses


ENTREPRENEURS who are part of an incubator designed to help companies grow and thrive in County Durham will now be able to access up to £10,000 of funding each.


30th November 2018

Fielmann announces multi-million investment in AR leader FittingBox

Fielmann Ventures GmbH, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fielmann AG, has announced that it has subscribed to a capital increase for a 20% equity ownership stake in FittingBox S.A., the world leader in 3D Try-On solutions dedicated to eyewear. This investment is a decisive step in Fielmann’s digitization strategy. Both parties agreed to keep the financial terms of the transaction confidential.  Marc Fielmann, CEO, Fielmann AG: “With 13 patents, FittingBox is a global leader in 3D Try-On and fitting technology. Through this investment Fielmann deepens its technological partnership with FittingBox.

29th November 2018

New Company Accepted at the eHealth Ventures Incubator

eHealth Ventures, the leading Digital Health technological incubator in Israel, has announced the acceptance of its 7th portfolio company - TrainPain, managed by Dr. Elan Schneider DPT, an internationally recognized expert in chronic pain rehabilitation.

28th November 2018

Maven leads £1m investment in water technologies business G2O

Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity firms, has led a £1m series B investment in Sedgefield, County Durham based water treatment technology business, G2O Water Technologies Limited. A total of £600,000 has been provided by Maven funds, which includes a £200,000 investment from the Finance Durham Fund, established by Durham County Council, overseen by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham, and managed by Maven.


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