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TravelLocal merges with trip.me to create global online marketplace for tailor-made travel

TravelLocal, has announced that it has merged with Berlin-based trip.me, and raised additional funding from existing growth investors. The merger creates significant online marketplaces for tailor-made travel, with a strong presence in English-language and German-language markets. Given the anticipated boom in demand after the pandemic both management teams and their investors see a once-in-a-generation opportunity […]

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Elvie raises £58m to scale Femtech innovation

Elvie, the revolutionary global health and lifestyle brand developing iconic products for women, has raised a £58m ($80m) investment.  The funding round was led by BGF, with further investment from BlackRock Private Equity Partners, Hiro Capital and Westerly Winds. Alsol existing investors Octopus Ventures and IPGL reinvested. Founded in 2013 by Tania Boler, Elvie brings […]

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Moneyhub raises it’s largest investment round to date with a total of $18m

Moneyhub, the market-leading Open Finance data, intelligence and payments platform, today announces its largest investment round to date, a total of $18m, to fuel its rapid expansion into new markets. You may like: Meet 8 women who have raised investment in the South West Sir Peter Wood, British entrepreneur and innovator, is leading the investment […]

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Investment Update: June equity boom!

What a month! More than £90 million pounds has been raised between 20 South West companies since the start of June. Often with such a big total, you would expect that one company had scooped the vast majority but this month it is particularly pleasing that nine of those companies raised £1 million or more. […]

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Virti raises $10m to optimise human performance for the global workforce

Digital training platform Virti has raised $10m in a Series A to further its goal of improving human performance using world-class interactive technology. The round was led by deeptech investors IQ Capital and joined by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a new, UK-based learning technology VC fund. You may like: Exciting VR and gaming studios to […]

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Quarterly Investment Briefing Summer 2021: Investment Funds

Over the last few years, the Quarterly Investment Briefing metronome has given me a rhythm with which to investigate and revisit topics ranging from angel investment to diversity and most recently, the availability of funds who invest in the South West. The Quarterly Investment Briefing (affectionately known as the QIB) is an event series designed […]

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KETS Quantum Security raises £3.1 million to keep data safe

KETS Quantum Security has raised a £3.1 million round to bring to market hardware to protect data from a new generation of cyberattacks that will use quantum computers to break through all existing encryption protections. Progress in the field of quantum computing has been advancing exponentially over the past decade. With that progress, the threat of […]

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Immersive Labs raises $75m to accelerate data platform

Immersive Labs, the company empowering organisations to measure and improve cybersecurity skills across technical and non-technical teams, today announced it has closed $75m in Series C funding led by new investors Insight Partners alongside Menlo Ventures, Citi Ventures and existing investor Goldman Sachs Asset Management. The investment will accelerate the delivery of a progressive new Cyber Workforce Optimization platform. With […]

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Investment Update: Funding that landed in May in the South West

Each month I have the pleasure of reviewing the successful equity funding news across the West of England and wider South West. Drawing on data ably compiled by our friends at Beauhurst, it’s always interesting to see how many companies have raised equity funding and to what degree. In May, 11 companies had success with […]

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Investment Update: April money showers?

In April 2021 we didn’t see the same downpour of funding into the West of England as in earlier months. In fact, April saw just eight companies raised £4.5m in equity investment between them. Ranging from polymers to protect plants from scorching to financial services and bubble wrap, there really was a brilliantly wide range […]

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