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Investors: Done deals

  
We want to track all early stage deals that get done (even if they are not our deals).

Dec 2009

TH_NK

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £1m
Sector: Business services, Creative Services, IT & Internet, New Media, Professonal Services, Technology
Location: North East
Website: http://www.think.eu/
Summary: Expanding digital design agency TH_NK, which is based in the North East, secured the £1m funding round to build its creative team in London and invest in technology. The finance came from ProVen VCT, the venture capital trust managed by international venture capital outfit Beringea.
Nov 2009

Cogenta Systems

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £800,000
Sector: Business services, IT & Internet, Professonal Services, Technology
Location: North East
Website: http://www.cogenta.com/
Summary: A Winsor-based price comparison site for consumers, Cogenta will branch out through this investment by opening offices in Newcastle thanks to funding from Hotspur Capital Partners, to the tune of £450,000, and £350,000 from NorthStar Equity Investors (NSEI). It hopes the expansion capital will increase sales from £500,000 to £10m in two years.
Nov 2009

Dial2Do

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: €1m
Sector: Technology
Location: Dublin
Website: http://www.dial2do.com/
Summary: The Rococo Software spin-out has reportedly raised €1m in a funding round led by Powerscourt Capital Partners and Enterprise Ireland. Dial2Do will be looking to strengthen its progress in the hands-free headsets software market among mobile users, particularly in the US where it already works with US manufacturer South Wing.
Nov 2009

Conformetrix

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: Undisclosed
Sector: Chemicals and Health products, Medical and Health, Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology, Science and Research, Technology
Location: North West
Website: http://www.conformetrix.com/
Summary: The Manchester-based drug development company, a Manchester University spin-out, was acquired by private equity fund, the Aquarius Origin Fund, which makes investments of up to £750,000. The fund was launched less than six months ago with the aim of raising £7.5m from high net worth individuals.
Nov 2009

Revival Action

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: £100,000
Sector: Business services, Financial and Legal Services
Location: North West
Website: http://revivalaction.com/
Summary: The Cheshire-based legal services company, which specialises in stopping repossessions and evictions, raised funds from an unnamed private investor in exchange for 20% of the business.
Nov 2009

e-trader group Ltd

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £1.2m
Sector: Financial and Legal Services
Location: Greater London
Website: http://www.stockshifters.com/
Summary: MMC Ventures' backing has enabled e-trader group Ltd to complete its acquisition of designer brand fashion clearance channel koodos.com. The company already runs online trade marketplace stockshifters.com for retailers and manufacturers to sell surplus stock.
Oct 2009

Retroscreen Virology Limited

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £2.6m
Sector: Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology
Location: Greater London
Website: http://www.retroscreen.com/
Summary: The London-based viral research house received second-round backing from Aquarius Equity Partners Ltd, IP Venture Fund.
Oct 2009

SubHub

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: £700,000
Sector: IT & Internet
Location: Wales
Website: http://www.subhub.com/
Summary: The Cardiff-based website building company was backed by Finance Wales, as well as private investors Dr Simon Murdoch and fellow technology David Hulston.
Oct 2009

Amuso.com

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: $1.5m
Sector: Entertainment
Location: Greater London
Website: http://www.amuso.com/
Summary: The London-based web gameshow platform raised a second round backed by Mangrove Partners and a number of angel investors.
Oct 2009

Lein Applied Diagnostics

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £1m
Sector: Electronics, Engineering and Electrical, Medical and Health, Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology, Science and Research
Location: South East
Website: http://www.lein-ad.com/
Summary: Having raised £1m from institutional investors UPF (the UMIP Premier Fund, managed by MTI) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) the medical diagnostics company is looking for angel investors to complete its funding round. It will use the money to accelerate its clinical trials through miniaturisation of its optical measurement technology.
Oct 2009

Saaspoint

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: €1.3m
Sector: Technology
Location: Dublin
Website: http://www.saaspoint.com/
Summary: With offices in Dublin, London, Stockholm and Denver, Saaspoint raised the finance from private investors and Enterprise Ireland.
Oct 2009

Fizzback

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £1.6m
Sector: Technology
Location: Greater London
Website: http://www.fizzback.com/
Summary: London-based customer feedback technology company received backing from Nauta Capital and Advent Venture Partners.
Oct 2009

Crunch.co.uk

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: Undisclosed
Sector: IT & Internet
Location: South East
Website: http://www.crunch.co.uk/
Summary: The Brighton-based online accountancy software company raised an undisclosed sum from a handful of business angels including Bebo co-founder Paul Birch and ex-Skype chairman Michael van Swaaij.
Oct 2009

Monkey Bizness

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £2m
Sector: Entertainment, Leisure, Pubs, Restaurants & Hotels, Retail - Food
Location: undefined
Website: http://www.monkey-bizness.co.uk/
Summary: The family entertainment centre operator has centres in six location across the UK - Lewes, Gosport, Poole, Sheffield, Stevenage and Hull - and is looking to expand with £2m from the Octopus Capital for Enterprise Fund.
Oct 2009

MPSTOR Ltd

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: €1.5m
Sector: Electronics, Engineering and Electrical, Manufacturing - Non Food, Technology
Location: Cork
Website: http://www.mpstor.com/
Summary: Identified as an Enterprise Ireland high potential start-up, MPSTOR Ltd has raised £1.5m from the Bank of Ireland Kernel Capital Fund to boost its international sales and marketing plans.
Oct 2009

Shutl.co.uk

Investment stage: pre-launch
Investment completed: £500,000
Sector: IT & Internet
Location: Greater London
Website: http://www.shutl.co.uk/
Summary: Still in stealth mode, Shutl.co.uk, created by eCourier co-founder Tom Allason, received backing from angel investors including Bebo co-founder Paul Birch, Mark Zaleski and Robert Dighero.
Sep 2009

GradFutures Ltd

Investment stage: pre-launch
Investment completed: Undisclosed
Sector: Business services, Education, Coaching and Training, Recruitment and human resources
Location: South East
Website: http://www.gradfutures.com/
Summary: The online graduate recruitment company raised substantial funding from South East Seed Fund, the Cascade Fund, and angel investors.
Sep 2009

Retrogenix

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: £150,000
Sector: Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology
Location: Yorkshire and The Humber
Website: http://www.retrogenix.com/
Summary: The Sheffield-based drug screening company founded by former AstraZeneca project leader Dr Jim Freeth was backed by three angel investors.
Sep 2009

Accuris Networks

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: €1m
Sector: Business services, Technology, Telecommunications
Location: Dublin
Intermediary: William Fry
Website: http://www.accuris-networks.com/
Summary: The early stage Irish mobile software company raised €1m via Atlantic Bridge, Enterprise Ireland and private investors, following reports of significant losses for the year and the July announcement of a €1.5m investment in expansion and its R&D programme.
Aug 2009

TweetDeck

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: £1.2m
Sector: IT & Internet
Location: Greater London
Website: http://www.tweetdeck.com/
Summary: Twitter App TweetDeck raises £1.2 from PROfounders Capital.
Aug 2009

Surrey Nanosystems

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £2.5m
Sector: Technology
Location: South East
Website: http://www.surreynanosystems.com/
Summary: Semiconductor specialist Surrey Nanosystems nets £2.5m from Octopus Ventures, IP Group, University of Surrey and other investors.
Jul 2009

Lab901 Limited

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £2.4m
Sector: Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology
Location: Scotland
Website: http://www.lab901.net/
Summary: Edinburgh Swine Flu screening company brings its total fundraisings to £9.4m with backing from Archangel Informal Investment Ltd, Alliance Trust Equity Partners (ATEP), Scottish Enterprise SVF, Foresight 3 VCT and TriCapital Ltd.
Jun 2009

Journey Dynamics

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: £500,000
Sector: Technology
Location: South East
Website: http://www.journeydynamics.com/
Summary: The traffic technology company, which tracks driver behaviour on its MyDrive platform to improve satellite navigation devices, secured the funding from the South East Seed Fund, managed by Finance South East, along with three private investors. It plans to expand beyond its current western Europe geographical reach.
Jun 2009

White Springs

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £550,000
Sector: Business services, Education, Coaching and Training, Technology
Location: South East
Website: http://www.white-springs.com/
Summary: The sales training technology provider, which supplies and integrates its software into leading CRM vendors to reinforce sales training, was backed by private investors, as well as The Bank of London and Middle East (BLME), and the South East Seed Fund, managed by Finance South East.
Jun 2009

ParcelPoke

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: Undisclosed
Sector: Entertainment, IT & Internet, New Media, Personal Services, Retail - Non Food, Technology
Location: South East
Website: http://www.parcel-poke.co.uk/
Summary: The developer of the world's first instant gift messaging service (iGMS) - it enables users to send real gifts without a postal address - received investment from South East Seed Fund, managed by Finance South East, and nine angel investors. It plans to pursue an international roll-out of the Facebook application.
May 2009

Toximet Ltd

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: £665,000
Sector: Chemicals and Health products, Manufacturing - Food, Medical and Health, Pharmaceuticals / Biotechnology, Science and Research
Location: South East
Website: http://www.toximet.com/
Summary: The University of Greenwich spin-out has created a quality testing instrument for food producers and manufacturers to ensure products meet stringent international food saftey standards are met. It raised its funding round from the South East Seed Fund and angel investors.
Jan 2009

WhoseView.ie

Investment stage: early stage
Investment completed: €120,000
Sector: IT & Internet
Location: Dublin
Website: http://www.whoseview.ie/
Summary: The Dublin-based local reviews website raised €100,000 from an angel investor, plus €20,000 from Enterprise Ireland.
Aug 2008

Cafe in the Park

Investment stage: development
Investment completed: £525,000
Sector: Leisure, Pubs, Restaurants & Hotels, Retail - Food
Location: South East
Website: http://www.cafeinthepark.com/
Summary: The park-based cafe chain is looking to expand. With two cafes - one in Hertfordshire, the other in Buckinghamshire - husband and wife team Ian and Carly Trisk-Grove raised £525,000, including £250,000 from the Small Firms Loan Guarantee scheme and £200,000 from angel network Beer & Partners.