Chapel Down

Equity Funding

In September 2014, Chapel Down kickstarted an evolution of the equity capital markets by becoming the first publicly-listed company to offer its shares through equity crowdfunding. The company raised more than £3.95m investment from a combination of an institutional and high net worth investor placing, alongside the crowd, with all 1,463 parties participating on the exact same terms through Seedrs.

More efficient fundraising

Equity crowdfunding is an excitingly innovative approach to raising growth capital, especially when most companies at their stage, with their positive financial traction, traditionally reach out to institutions and large individual investors in The City.

Raising investment through traditional City brok...

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LetPal

Equity Funding

LetPal have successfully raised their crowdfunding target of £70,000 through Squareknot, with 11.67% equity offered.

The LetPal solution for private landlords is a full suite of competitively priced on-line services, from which landlords can select and pay for only those they require. LetPal now intend on being the dominant player in the Scottish Private Rented Sector (“PRS”) and then expanding into the rest of the UK.

The scale of the market and opportunity is huge. There are more than 5 million homes in the UK PRS, of which about 380,000 are in Scotland. The sector has grown by an average of over 6% per year in the last 10 years, and is expected to continue to grow. The % of homes that are rented privately has increased from 11% in 2004 to 17...

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Enval

Equity Funding

The Story

A successful raise of £985,950 will support Enval as the company ramps its commercial scale plant up to full capacity to extract valuable materials from plastic aluminium laminates.

Enval’s story began at the University of Cambridge when a bacon roll was microwaved for so long that it turned into a glowing mass of carbon. This sparked further experiments, resulting in the eventual formation of Enval: a solution that extracts 100% of usable aluminium (as well as fuel and other valuable materials) from the previously un-recyclable 160,000 tonnes of laminate packaging which enters the UK marketplace each year and inevitably ends up in landfill.

This process is based on microwave induced pyrolysis, which heats waste laminates (such a...

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Fertility focus

Equity Funding

The Story

With its second successful SyndicateRoom raise overfunded to £360,250, Fertility Focus will get its next generation product into the market and continue its excellent record of helping women conceive and understand their bodies’ reproductive patterns.

Fertility Focus was formed in 2005 to help couples get pregnant more quickly and at a lower cost. It’s estimated that 24 million women worldwide seek online advice for fertility problems, and 30% of all women have fertility issues that go unnoticed by doctors. So Fertility Focus created OvuSense: a fertility monitor to help these women manage their cycles and detect if they have ovulatory issues. Unlike its competitors, OvuSense works in real time, and is capab...

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Bactest

Equity Funding

The Story

Bactest’s second raise overfunded to £301,760, enabling the company to accelerate the commercialisation of its two products, Shepherd and Speedy Breedy, which are designed to turn microbial activity into data.

Described by The Telegraph as ‘a little purple contraption, no bigger than an old-fashioned radio’, Speedy Breedy tests for contamination in hours, saving time by removing the need to send tests off to a laboratory. Its younger sibling, Shepherd, gives water processing plant operators accurate and timely information that enables them to better manage aeration, cut energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint. This product is currently deployed and working at Anglian Water. Both are out of prototype stage and generating reve...

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Seedrs Helps Serve Up Food Craving

Equity Funding

Oppo lets you give in to your cravings while staying healthy. Rather than having to choose between healthy or indulgent dessert options, Oppo makes compromising a thing of the past with their low sugar, superfood-rich, delicious ice cream range.

Oppo replaces cream and sugar with virgin coconut oil and stevia leaf and boosts each flavour with delicious superfoods to make an indulgent, premium ice cream. In fact, one portion of Oppo’s premium, indulgent ice cream contains fewer calories than an apple. An apple!

Opportunity born out of necessity

The idea for Oppo was born during the Summer of 2011 when brothers Charlie and Harry Thuillier travelled to Brazil ...

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A New Key to the Future

Equity Funding

Has the time finally come where keys to unlock doors are now in the past?

According to Sesame Labs that is the case – the technology company has invented the Sesame Smart Lock which gives access to friends, family and vistors without keys, codes or RFID chips.

The only thing you need is your smartphone. Sesame detects your phone through Bluetooth LE when you come home and automatically unlocks the door for you.

The lock also automatically locks the door after you when you leave. Through your phone or the online dashboard you can share access to your home with others, by letting Sesame unlock the door via their phones as well.

At the end of last year Sesame Labs turned to crowdfundi...

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Gaming Turns to Crowdcube

Equity Funding

The social network gaming company, gamesGRABR, has successfully raised more than £450,000 through 221 investors in its second round of funding on Crowdcube.

The game company has smashed its original target of £250,000 by over 80% and has also received funding from the London Co-investment Fund (LCIF) - the first technology company to do so.

The LCIF launched late last year to invest £25m in London-based seed stage companies within the Technology, Digital and Science sectors over the next three years. The fund includes a number of investment partners with Crowdcube as the only crowdfunding platform selected and is managed by Funding London and supported by the London Enterprise Panel, which...

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