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10th May 2021

Sports streaming platform Screach secures $2m

The world’s first live sports streaming and advertising platform built specifically for commercial venues, Screach, is rolling out its technology globally after securing $2m in investment.

7th May 2021

Nanotech firm Figura Analytics raises £180,000 seed funding

Nanotechnology business Figura Analytics has raised £180,000 seed funding from private investors and the UK’s leading early stage investor SFC Capital. 

The company was spun out of Loughborough University in January 2021, backed by an Innovate UK grant, to develop its rapid testing technology platform aimed at helping the drinks industry to improve quality and consistency of ingredients and finished product.  Figura’s nanopore technology uses microfluidics, sensors and software algorithms, which enables them to recognise and characterize any particle suspended in a solution. 

6th May 2021

Lessons for early-stage investing from the changing high street

Charlotte Arneaud of Envestors looks at parallels in consumer spending with angel investor decision-making. 

5th May 2021

PortalOne raises $15m to launch hybrid games platform

PortalOne, the world's first hybrid games platform, has raised $15m in an oversubscribed total seed funding round. The round included U.S. investors like Peter Thiel's Founders Fund and TQ Ventures, the investment fund led by Scooter Braun, Schuster Tanger and Andrew Marks. Coatue Management´s investment was led by Arielle Zuckerberg, the Rogue Ventures investment was led by Alice Lloyd George. Sunny Dhillon led the investment from Signia Venture Partners whose LPs include Warner Bros., Disney and Tencent. European investors include Seedcamp , Talis Capital and SNÖ Ventures. 

28th April 2021

Ecommerce startup aisle 3 raises £250,000 with Angel Investment Network

Ecommerce startup aisle 3 has completed a successful follow on funding round, raising £250,000 via Angel Investment Network, the world’s largest online angel investment network. Aiming to become ‘the Wikipedia of product search’ the business secured the funds in just six weeks with the company’s valuation more than doubling in the past five months. Experienced angel investors have backed the founders’ vision for a new, disruptive ecommerce marketplace  offering truly personalised experiences for large networks of engaged shoppers.

23rd April 2021

Newable Ventures’ Angel Network completes £2m investments in March

The month of March proved to be an extremely successful one for Newable Ventures, the UK’s leading early stage investment network, which deployed circa £2m in six companies to round off a busy financial year, which also saw the group secure £10m from British Business Investment’s Regional Angel Programme.

21st April 2021

Biotech startup Halo Therapeutics develops COVID treatments

A team of top scientists from the University of Bristol have formed a new biotech company that is developing ground-breaking and newly patented potential treatments for Coronavirus.

Bristol-based Halo Therapeutics is backed by Charles Grimsdale (former Eden Ventures), Keith MacDonald and Mark Farmer (of Eden Ventures) and a group of Angels from the Bristol area.  It was founded by the team of leading scientists who made a recent breakthrough discovery, which was published in Science Magazine. They found that exposing the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) virus to a free fatty acid called linoleic acid locks the virus’s spike protein into a closed, non-infective form stopping it in its tracks.

20th April 2021

New year, new angel

We are now past the end of the tax year.  So now is a good time to mull over what you will be doing as an angel investor over the next twelve months. Here are a few things the AngelNews team thinks it would be helpful to spend some time on.

19th April 2021

Active investor is new chair of University of Surrey’s S100 Angel Investment Club

The University of Surrey’s S100 Club, the only established angel investment network in the SETsquared Partnership, announces the appointment of new Chair, Peter Hornsby. 

15th April 2021

Clean skincare brand expands to Manchester thanks to £830k growth round

Skin & Tonic, a skincare and wellbeing brand founded in Hackney, London, has secured £830,000 in funding, enabling it to fulfil increased production demands and expand its operations to Manchester. Driven by GC Angels, this includes a £605,000 investment from the angel investment service alongside private investors, as well as a £225,000 loan from NPIF – FW Capital, managed by FW Capital and part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). 

 

8th April 2021

Halal Angel Network partners with UAE based FasterCapital

Halal Angels Network is among the first to penetrate the $5 trillion Halal consumer market and has teamed up FasterCapital to support Technology Startups in the field of AI, Blockchain, Robotics, IoT, Fintech.

8th April 2021

Liquid biopsy breakthrough company BioCaptiva raises £1 million

Scottish bio-tech company, BioCaptiva, has developed a novel next generation “liquid biopsy” technology device that could revolutionise the early diagnosis and monitoring of difficult to detect cancers.  The University of Edinburgh spin-out has raised over £1m in seed funding from Edinburgh-based business angel investment syndicate, Archangels, and Scottish Enterprise, to help develop the technology.  To prepare the company for this next stage in its development, BioCaptiva has appointed Dr Frank Armstrong FRCPE as non-executive chairman and Dr Stephen Little as a non-executive director.

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