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12th February 2020

Development Bank of Wales invests in mobile payments innovator Yimba

The Development Bank of Wales has invested £250,000 in Yimba, a fintech multimedia and marketing platform enabling banks to differentiate their mobile wallet offering and generate new consumer insights through advanced technology.

The investment, which is also expected to generate over 50 new fintech jobs, will accelerate Yimba’s capabilities to help banks and fintechs improve the customers’ experience with personalised payment cards and digital wallets, enabled by its technology platform that provides connection to the ‘closed’ digital payment network.

11th February 2020

Keensight Capital to exit smartTrade Technologies

Keensight Capital, one of the leading private equity managers dedicated to pan-European Growth Buyout [1] investments, has entered into an agreement to sell shares of smartTrade Technologies, a global leader in multi-asset electronic trading solutions, to Hg.

11th February 2020

A/O PropTech launches with €250 million

European proptech VC A/O PropTech has launched after raising €250m permanent capital to invest in technology companies disrupting real estate, the largest asset class in the world. With its permanent capital approach, a first in the space, the firm is able to be stage agnostic, and a more flexible and patient investor.

A/O PropTech invests from Series A to later growth stages in breakout companies, with the potential to transform the real estate industry through technology, data science and AI. To date, A/O PropTech has backed 10 companies, in Europe, USA, and Israel including Bricklane, Fornova and most recently Plentific - leading a $32mn Series B round in November 2019. 

11th February 2020

GROW competition offers support package for agritech startups

Start-ups are twice as likely to succeed if mentoring is involved, as opposed to those who try and build their venture on a good idea and funding alone*. 

11th February 2020

One Stop Business Finance invests has raised £100k to support growth

Yorkshire-based SME funding specialist One Stop Business Finance has completed a major investment programme at its HQ to increase office space and facilitate its projected growth in both personnel numbers and client deals during 2020.

The self-funded £100,000 capital programme at OBSF’s base, ‘The Cow Shed’ in Laytham near Pocklington, has boosted office space by 150%. which ensures it can accommodate additional team members in operational and management roles. Details of the new posts will be announced in the coming months, but the company is looking to boost the size of its team as the number of deals it is completing for clients UK-wide continues to grow.

11th February 2020

Top 50 PE backed businesses boost Midlands economy by £1 billion

The Midlands Private Equity Growth Barometer released this week by BDO highlights the region’s 50 fastest-growing private equity-backed businesses based on turnover growth in the past three years.

The top 50 PE-backed businesses have made a considerable impact over the last three financial years, adding almost £1 billion to the regional economy, with combined revenues rising from £1.7 billion to £2.7 billion.

10th February 2020

BGF commits additional funding to Collision Management Systems

Collision Management Systems (CMS), the connected vehicle data specialist, working with insurers, fleets and remote worker organisations to reduce employee risk, has raised a second round of funding from BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, to further accelerate its growth.

10th February 2020

Squire Patton Boggs boosts global private equity team

Squire Patton Boggs has expanded its Global Corporate Practice in London, adding significantly to its international private equity (PE) team, with the appointment of former KPMG heavyweight Stephen Ball, and leading PE practitioners Charles Leeming and Ben Squires from Simpson Thacher.  All three join as partners and will work closely with Corporate and Financial Services colleagues across the firm, in the UK and Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia-Pacific.

7th February 2020

Antler brings in new investors taking total funds raised to $75 million

Schroders, along with Johan H. Andresen through his investment house Ferd, and other prominent investors such as FinTech Collective, have invested in Antler, taking the capital raised by Antler over the past six months to more than USD $75 million.

7th February 2020

Moteefe raises $5m from Gresham House and Force Over Mass

Moteefe, the e-commerce platform for on-demand production of merchandise, has raised $5M in a Series A round led by Gresham House and Force Over Mass Capital. The funding will be used to expand into new geographies including Australia and LATAM, launch new products for large retailers, and invest in scaling its operations.

7th February 2020

Wearable tech firm Nurvv raises $9 million from Hiro Capital

NURVV, the biomechanics innovator using British science to disrupt the global wearables industry, has closed its first venture funding round, led by Hiro Capital.

6th February 2020

OnBuy, the UK-founded Amazon rival secures £3 million from Fuel Ventures

One of the world’s fastest-growing marketplaces, which has created a fair and transparent global platform for both buyers and sellers, has received £3 million in VC funding after finalising a private investment round earlier this month.

UK-founded marketplace OnBuy.com has announced it has secured a £3 million investment from London-based VC fund Fuel Ventures after receiving numerous investment offers. The funding will facilitate the launch into more than 20 countries by the end of 2020, including the USA, Canada, Australia and the UAE.

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