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GoButler launches text message-based concierge platform with $8m Series A round

Personal concierge service GoButler has launched out of beta after closing an $8m Series A round, led by General Catalyst Partners. Additional strategic investors include Lakestar, Rocket Internet’s Global Founders Capital, Slow Ventures, BoxGroup, Ashton Kutcher & Guy Oseary’s Sound Ventures and Cherry Ventures. The funding round marks the official launch out of beta for…

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Oxford BioTherapeutics secures $10m from Silicon Valley Bank

Oxford BioTherapeutics has secured a $10m capital term loan from Silicon Valley Bank to accelerate the expansion of its research and development efforts. OBT is an international clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing innovative antibody based therapeutics, including antibody-drug conjugates, to treat cancer and other diseases. OBT uses the optimal combination of technologies in…

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Mayor launches £20m London Regeneration Fund

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched a £20m fund aimed at re-energising the capital’s high streets by embracing the city’s talent for creativity and technological innovation. The London Regeneration Fund will give local authorities, traders’ associations, workspace providers and community groups the chance to come forward with exciting proposals that will help new…

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IoD calls on government to promote EIS and SEIS

The Institute of Directors has called on the government to promote the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme to make it easier for more people to invest in new and growing businesses. Updated figures released this week showed that more than £1.5bn was invested in at least 2,700 companies through the schemes in…

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IP Minister launches copyright initiative

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe both launched and became the first public user of The Copyright Hub, the Digital Catapult’s innovative new copyright technology. Using the tech the Minister was able to secure permission to use a copyrighted image provided by project partner 4Corners Images. The launch event marked the first time that The Copyright…

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Seedrs closes £10m Series A round and plans £2.5m crowdfunding round

Crowdfunding giant Seedrs has closed a £10m Series A fundraising round led by Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc and Augmentum Capital and will hold a £2.5m crowdfunding campaign to give others the chance to get involved. WPCT is the £800m investment trust launched earlier this year by Woodford Investment Management. WPCT is managed by Neil Woodford, widely considered…

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Ad platform The Moneytizer expands to the UK

The Moneytizer, an ad platform specialising in online ad optimisation for small and medium-sized editorial publishers, has expanded into the UK with the launc of its first office in London. The business, originally founded in France in 2014, provides the leading ad optimisation platform for small and medium publishers such as bloggers. Its sole purpose…

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Catawiki raises $82m from Lead Edge Capital

Catawiki, Europe’s fastest-growing online auction house,  has secured an $82m Series C investment led by Lead Edge Capital. Previous investors Accel and Project A Ventures also participated in the round, as did several former Booking.com executives, including former CMO Arthur Kosten.  The traditional auctioneering industry has been slow to innovate, and the majority of online auction…

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EIS and SEIS changes could be disastrous for tech

Accountancy firm Baker Tilly has warned that new rules regarding EIS and SEIS tax breaks could prove disastrous for growing technology companies. Official statistics have been released by HMRC showing that the number of firms receiving investment and raising funds through the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme has risen for another year….

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TalentRocket launches job search site for millennials

Job search site for millennials TalentRocket has launched to let users build connections with companies they’d love to work for (even when they’re not looking). Founded by ex-recruiter Chris Platts and Mark Hla a software entrepreneur, TalentRocket is focusing initially on the London digital market. For Platts, it was the obvious choice: “Not only are companies…

Tictail

Tictail eyes global expansion with $22m Series B round

Tictail, the global community that allows users to discover the world’s greatest independent brands, has raised $22m in Series B funding from existing investors Creandum, Thrive Capital, Balderton Capital and Acton Capital. The new funding will allow Tictail to enhance its mobile marketplace and further its global expansion. The new Series B funding brings the…

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TheJobPost secures £250k from Innovate UK

TheJobPost has received a further funding award of £250k from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. The recruitment agency marketplace works on a crowdsourcing model to match employers who have job vacancies with relevant recruitment agencies. TheJobPost used its initial Innovate UK award to develop its matching algorithm. Ken Brotherston, chairman of TheJobPost, said: “Our…

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GoButler

GoButler launches text message-based concierge platform with $8m Series A round

Medical Lab

Oxford BioTherapeutics secures $10m from Silicon Valley Bank

Boris Johnson

Mayor launches £20m London Regeneration Fund

IoD

IoD calls on government to promote EIS and SEIS

copyright_hub

IP Minister launches copyright initiative

Jeff Lynn Seedrs

Seedrs closes £10m Series A round and plans £2.5m crowdfunding round