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30th July 2021

Insect-based snack company completes investment round of over £400k

Insect-based snack company Small Giants has closed a new investment round of more than £400,000, after raising £130,000 in the first round in March 2020.  The startup, founded by Francesco Majno and Edoardo Imparato, has far exceeded its initial target of £250k, following significant funding from investors.  A sizeable proportion of the investment came from shareholders and partners of iN3 Ventures’ network; an innovation advisory and corporate venture capital company. One of its partners, Mario Rizzola Pasotti, is also now a member of the Small Giants Advisory Board.

28th July 2021

 STV’s £1m Green Fund could help to save more single use plastic

Edinburgh’s largest plastic free grocery store, The Refillery, has been nominated for the Food Hero Scotland campaign.

27th July 2021

EBar completes £670,000 equity round

Aberdeen based EBar is raising a glass after closing a £670,000 equity round that will accelerate the roll-out of their self-service drinks dispensing technology to busy venues across the UK & Europe. The funding was led by the Seedrs crowdfunding platform and Irish events entrepreneur Robert O’Dowd, with follow on investments from Jenson Funding Partners, Equity Gap and Gabriel Investment Syndicate.

20th July 2021

Ascension Ventures leads $400k investment in BEPPS Snacks

London-based startup, BEPPS Snacks, has raised £400,000 investment from early-stage venture capital investors, Ascension Ventures, 

13th July 2021

Next-gen Agri-Food tech business Arborea raises €3.6m led by BGF

Arborea – which is industrialising photosynthesis to expand the world’s food supply –  has completed a funding round led by BGF, the UK & Ireland’s most active investor, alongside Rubio Impact Ventures and Volta Circle.

Arborea is a technology business that has developed a breakthrough cultivation platform for photosynthetic microorganisms for use as food ingredients and proteins. It was founded by CEO Julian Melchiorri in 2015 following his research at Imperial College London. 

30th June 2021

Distill Ventures commits to backing early stage founders

Distill Ventures is committed to increasing diversity within the drinks industry through a range of global initiatives, 

25th June 2021

BGF announces investment in Artisanal Spirits’ IPO

BGF, the UK & Ireland’s most active growth capital investor, has completed a cornerstone investment in The Artisanal Spirits Company plc, a specialist retailer of premium single cask, single malt Scotch whisky and other spirits, as part of its admission to trading on AIM. The admission took place on 4 June 2021.

10th June 2021

Inverleith raises a glass to successful IPO on AIM of The Artisanal Spirits Company

Inverleith LLP, a Scottish-based consumer brands investor, is celebrating the listing on AIM of its portfolio company, The Artisanal Spirits Company which has the largest collection of single malt single cask whiskies in the world, as well as a complementary range of premium spirits.

9th June 2021

Drinks brand SENTZ secures funding from Henley Business Angels

SENTZ, a new range of naturally fruitful British hard seltzers for people who want to live life guilt-free, has received investment from Henley Business Angels (HBA) members and guest investors.

11th May 2021

Pembroke VCT exits its investment in Plenish

Pembroke VCT, the venture capital trust focused on building the businesses of tomorrow, has exited its investment in Plenish, the award-winning plant-based milks and plant-powered juice brand. The innovative beverage brand, which was one of Pembroke VCT’s earliest investments, has been acquired by Britvic to boost its plant-based drinks portfolio and cater to the growing demand for healthy and nutritious juices.

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. 

30th April 2021

Jenson SEIS Fund Invest in Kitchco Ltd (The Neighbourhood Kitchen)

Jenson Funding Partners have completed an investment in The Neighbourhood Kitchen who are responsible for launching and operating profitable, delivery-only kitchens across the UK.

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