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15th April 2019

Interview with the 'Godfather' of European Accelerators Jon Bradford

The Invested Investor interviews Jon Bradford, a Founding Partner of the venture capitalist investment fund Motive Partners and a highly experienced early-stage angel investor who is sometimes referred to as the Godfather of European Accelerators. 

15th April 2019

Global intelligence platform Atheneum raises €10 million

The latest funding round of €10m for Atheneum, Europe’s leading global intelligence platform, follows rapid growth of the business – achieving a 60% year-on-year revenue growth in the UK.

15th April 2019

BGF invests in BB7 to create leading fire and security consultancy

BGF, the UK and Ireland’s most active investor in growing businesses, has invested £6m in BB7, the high-growth fire sector specialist, to create the leading UK fire and security consultancy through acquisition. This begins with the acquisition of Manchester-based specialist fire consultancy Omega Fire, which will broaden BB7’s geographic reach and service offering to customers.

15th April 2019

BEX Capital raises $365 million for fund-of-funds secondaries

BEX Capital, the first investment firm focused exclusively on fund-of-funds (FoF) secondaries, has announced the close of BEX Fund III, with total commitments of $365 million. 

12th April 2019

Klook completes $425M Series D funding led by Softbank Vision Fund

 

Klook, a world-leading travel activities and services booking platform, has announced it has raised US$225M in Series D+ funding. This increases the company’s total Series D funding round to US$425M. The SoftBank Vision Fund led the round with participation from existing investors, including Sequoia China, Matrix Partners, TCV, and OurCrowd. This represents the largest financing in the global travel activities and services industry.

 

12th April 2019

CleverTap announces $26m funding led by Sequoia India

 

CleverTap, the customer lifecycle management platform, has announced it has raised a $26 million Series B funding round, led by Sequoia India with participation from new investor, Tiger Global Management, and existing investors Accel. The funds raised will be used to accelerate its data science-driven product capabilities and scale to meet fast-growing demand for its customer lifecycle management platform. The new funding brings the company’s valuation to more than $150 million.

 

10th April 2019

ICG and Merieux Equity Partners buy DOC Generici

Intermediate Capital Group’s Europe VII Fund has announced it has, in partnership with Mérieux Equity Partners and DOC Generici’s management team, agreed to invest in Doc Generici, one of Italy’s largest independent generic pharmaceutical companies - subject to antitrust approval.

10th April 2019

BGF exits investment in The Good Care Group

BGF has successfully exited its minority stake in care service provider, The Good Care Group, alongside all other shareholders. Following a period of significant organic growth, the company has been acquired by Sodexo UK. The Good Care Group offers industry-leading live-in care services which help people live well at home for longer by providing specialist care in the comfort of the home.  Founded in 2009 by Fiona Lowry, the group provides care to clients around the UK.  The business is leading the way in supporting those with medical conditions including dementia, Parkinson’s, MS and Motor Neurone disease - helping to improve their wellbeing and overall quality of life. 

9th April 2019

Welsh start-up Hexigone secures £1m from Development Bank of Wales

A start-up company that has discovered a safer, smarter way to tackle corrosion has secured a cash injection of £1m; which will support ambitious plans to become the industry standard in anti-corrosion technology.

Corrosion costs the world economy 2.5 trillion dollars every year, and last month, the EU banned its most effective inhibitor, hexavalent chromate, because of health concerns. Hexigone Inhibitors plugs the gap by offering a new additive for metal coatings that is safer and can be up to ten times more effective than chrome-free alternatives…protecting buildings, cars and aeroplanes for longer.

8th April 2019

Simudyne closes $6 million funding round

Simudyne, a simulation technology company, has announced that it has closed a $6 million Series A fundraise, led by Barclays alongside a distinguished set of institutions.

The new funding round includes Graphene Ventures, an early investor in Snap and Lyft, and Gauss Ventures, whose team were early investors in Revolut and Tandem, bringing total capital raised since Simudyne was formed to $10 million.

8th April 2019

Nauta Capital €55M ‘Sidecar’ fund will support later-stage portfolio

Nauta Capital, a pan-European VC investing in capital-efficient B2B software companies and lean consumer plays, has announced the closing of a new €55M fund dedicated to backing its existing later-stage portfolio companies. 

The VC firm which has offices in London, Barcelona and Munich, invests in early-stage technology companies from late Seed and Series A and will use the new later-stage fund - dubbed ‘Sidecar Fund’ - to inject follow-on capital primarily from Series C in its portfolio as they mature for later-stage funding. 

5th April 2019

Astarte strengthens investment team

Astarte Capital Partners, a specialist alternatives co-investment platform with a focus on value-add real asset strategies, has made two appointments to its London-based investment team.

The two new hires strengthen Astarte’s investment team and coincide with the firm’s expansion and strategic development. Astarte’s global team is based across London, Zurich, Sydney and New York.

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