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8th July 2019

Blackfinch Ventures Invests £700k in AI start-up Warwick Analytics

Blackfinch Ventures has invested £700,000 in innovative tech start-up Warwick Analytics. Founded in 2011, this London-based firm is an Artificial Intelligence (AI) based data spin-out from the University of Warwick. Warwick Analytics delivers powerful text analytics for contact centres based on proprietary machine learning. 

8th July 2019

Stuffstr raises $2.9m from Mustard Seed, adidas Ventures & London Co-Investment Fund

Stuffstr, the game-changing solution to consumer waste, has raised a total of $2.9 million in its seed funding round, led by Mustard Seed, with co-investors adidas Ventures and London Co-investment Fund.

adidas’ investment comes on the back of including Stuffstr in its sports accelerator program, Platform A, which launched in January at Station F in Paris.  It also aligns with adidas’ FUTURECRAFT.LOOP vision for sustainability, which aims to end the concept of “waste” entirely.

5th July 2019

Private equity managers underestimate impact of green finance

As part of its contribution to London’s climate action week, Guernsey Finance has published findings suggesting the political backdrop is encouraging private equity managers to consider more investment in green and sustainable finance – but they also want to see more transparency in those funds.

Research carried out by Guernsey Finance has revealed rising interest in green investment from managers, but also flagged that they had underestimated the funding requirements and commercial opportunity for limiting global warming.

5th July 2019

Joko raises €1.6 million to reinvent loyalty cards

Fintech startup Joko has carried out its first fundraising with top-tier investors — Partech, Axeleo Capital, Lafayette Plug and Play, and several angel investors from the sector — to develop its simple and universal loyalty program integrated into credit or debit cards.

Traditional and single-brand loyalty programs are no longer appropriate for the customised buying experience that millennials want. With most brands, it is necessary to have the loyalty card with you and to scan it when you pay. Already existing programs are not or only slightly customised, and the consumer accumulating points on each of his programs has little visibility on the benefits he gets. As a result of this disappointing experience, millennials are increasingly abandoning these historical programs.

4th July 2019

Partech appoints Paul Vider as Principal for its Growth Fund

Partech has expanded its Growth Equity team with the appointment of Paul Vidier.

Before joining Partech, Paul worked in London at Kennet Partners, a transatlantic tech growth equity firm, where he invested in growth-stage European SaaS and fintech companies for five years. Prior to working in growth equity, he spent nine years in finance, strategy and operational roles in financial services at Oliver Wyman, EY and Barclays.

4th July 2019

Student engagement platform GeckoLabs secures £1.8m

GeckoLabs, a company whose software platform helps universities to engage and recruit students, has secured £1.8m investment from Mercia Fund Managers, the Scottish Investment Bank’s Co-Investment Fund and existing angel investors.

4th July 2019

AlbionVC leads £2.6m Series A investment in Clear Review

AlbionVC has led a £2.6m Series A investment round in Clear Review, the UK HR technology scale-up. AlbionVC invested £1.85m with existing shareholders Mercia Technologies and angel investors also supporting the round.

Clear Review is a cloud-based performance management platform that promotes frequent employee feedback and continuous employee-manager conversations. It has experienced rapid growth since launching in 2016, increasing revenue and headcount by 100% and attracting more than 200 customers with its simple, yet engaging user interface. 

3rd July 2019

Environmental fund manager Earthworm expands team

Earthworm Group welcomes four new hires to its expanding team, coinciding with the move to its new head office at Milton Park, Abingdon.

3rd July 2019

Ingenious backs workforce management analytics firm Over-C

Ingenious has led an investment round into Over-C Limited, a London-based analytics company focused on operational performance in the workforce management market. Ingenious helped raise an additional £5.5 million in equity funding, bringing the total raised to £10 million.

3rd July 2019

Panoramic invests in premium snack company Freed Foods

Panoramic Growth Equity, a leading equity investor in fast growing, entrepreneurial UK companies, has announced that it has invested £1.5m of growth capital into healthy snacking company Freed Foods Limited, which provides a range of premium plant based gluten-free snacks made with natural ingredients.  Founded by David Ventura and Tomas Mesa, Freed Foods brands include Mister Free’d Tortillas, a range of vegan tortilla chips with innovative flavours and carefully selected super food ingredients.

2nd July 2019

Pi Labs leads seed round in environmental management platform Qualis Flow

Qualis Flow, the environmental management platform that tracks, monitors, and predicts project environmental risk, has raised £725,000 in seed funding. This round of investment is being led by Pi Labs, the proptech VC specialist, alongside Entrepreneur First, MMC Ventures and Rising Tide Europe. 

2nd July 2019

Machine Labs secures £800,000 seed funding

Machine Labs, has announced £800,000 equity funding received from Techstart Ventures, the founders, angels investors with additional grant funding from Scottish Enterprise.  The seed funding will be used to recruit a team of eight based in offices opposite Edinburgh Castle.

Andrew Veitch, Founder and CEO of Machine Labs said: "For most of us database marketing is spam or junk mail. Machine Labs want to use machine learning to make marketing messages relevant, so consumers get the right offers at the right time instead of being irritated by marketing they are not interested in."

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