Crowdcube, the crowdfunding website to offer investors equity in small businesses, has successfully helped Fairtrade bodycare business Bubble & Balm raise £75,000 of growth capital and is the first British business to raise finance using this equity based crowdfunding model earlier this year.
The UK has been identified as a more dynamic hub than the US for new entrepreneurial investors in technology, so said a line up of some of Europe’s top Super angel investors: Stefan Glaenzer, co-founder of White Bear Yard and new Passion Capital fund, Mattias Ljungman from Atomico Ventures set up by the Skype founders and Alex at the recent British Business Angels Association National Investment Summit.
Innovative and creative digital businesses based in east London are to benefit as funding for a pilot innovation initiative designed to encourage collaboration in the area doubles. The Technology Strategy Board has decided to increase the amount of funding available for the Tech City Launchpad initiative to £2 million, enabling it to provide support in the form of £100,000 grants to twice as many companies.
Equity investment needs to be recalibrated to support the long-term interests of companies Business Secretary Vince Cable said today, as he launched an independent review into UK equity markets.
Merism Capital, the social impact seed fund, has partnered with Crowdcube, which is reported to be the first crowdfunding website in the world to offer ordinary people equity in exchange for investment.
Cloud Accounting software specialist, Liquid Accounts has successfully secured second-round funding in order to develop its sales, coinciding with the release of Version 7 of its award-winning online accounting software. The new version includes many enhancements including a new optional integrated Payroll module.
The Cass Entrepreneurship Fund has announced an investment in a new technology company which combines events listings with geo-location functionality. Flypost has also been selected as one of the leading UK digital companies for this year’s UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Mission to SXSW Interative 2011 in Austin Texas, which is taking place this week. The company has launched their new iPhone Application for this event.
Some of the leading business angel and early stage investment community within the UK gathered in London this week to review the implications of the current financial climate for investing in innovation following the severe challenges to the economy and new government measures to address finance for business growth.
Businesses that apply for the Springboard investment and business accelerator programme which provides seed capital, office space and mentors are being given the opportunity to learn valuable business lessons in a series of one to one mentoring sessions followed by a network event.
Zoopla.co.uk, the leading UK property search and information website, has announced that it has raised a further £3.25 million of new funding to accelerate its already impressive growth.
As small business owners bed down for another winter of inactivity, discerning entrepreneurs are seizing the opportunity to expand, while their competitors are sleeping. This coupled with high-net worth investors getting very low return on their investment is a great time for business angel network, Beer & Partners, to announce the date of their biannual Investment Fair in London.
Online accountant Crunch.co.uk is gearing itself up for a period of rapid expansion as it continues to consign the traditional accountant-model to the history books with its innovative service.
Karen Hanton, who was inspired to start the restaurant booking website toptable.co.uk in 1999 out of frustration at the sight of empty places in her London restaurant, has served up £35million after agreeing to sell to US firm OpenTable. The deal will see the Scottish entrepreneur receiving a £16million windfall for her majority stake.