1st April 2021

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Blackfinch secures 12 investment deals totalling more than GBP11 million ahead of deadline

Blackfinch Ventures has completed on 12 new investment deals totalling in excess of GBP11 million ahead of the tax-year-end deadline in a move which ‘significantly increases’ the number of technology and tech-enabled companies within its portfolio.

Familiar names such as Candidate.ID, Staffcircle and Kokoon make up the seven companies to have received follow on investment in totals ranging from GBP430 thousand through to GBP1.09 million. Whereas a further five new companies - including digital vendor management platform Brooklyn Vendor Assurance, global client engagement platform Clientshare, embedded integration platform Cyclr, real-time market research company OnePulse, and hyper-realistic text-to-speech platform LSTN – also secured a total of GBP6.5million.

Both the ‘quality and quantity’ of the number of investments reflects the ‘passion of the team’, according to Blackfinch’s Dr Reuben Wilcock, who said the total amount raised also reflected a ‘real confidence’ in the Group’s commitment to investing in disruptive businesses that deliver a solid return on investment.

A total of GBP10.4 million was raised through Blackfinch’s EIS Ventures Portfolios this tax year, which invests in innovative start-up and early-stage technology companies across the UK in a variety of industry sectors, and a further GBP5.8 million was raised through its Spring Venture Capital Trust (VCT) which invests primarily in companies at the start of their growth journey.

Combined, Blackfinch Ventures targets high-growth opportunities, as well as supporting start-ups, and early stage and growth stage businesses with technological potential. The focus is on disruptive businesses, offering products that address real world needs, with the capability to make an impact in global markets.

It follows a comprehensive rebrand for the Blackfinch Group which last year confirmed its commitment to helping to create a more sustainable world through its own focus on environment, social and governance factors.

Commenting on the latest investment update Dr Reuben Wilcock, ventures director at Blackfinch, said: “The latest round of investments for Blackfinch Ventures is a true testament to the dedication of the team, all of whom have worked tirelessly over recent months to complete on such a significant number of deals.

“Similarly, the total of funds raised is reflective of a real confidence from both new and existing clients in our commitment, as an investment group, to cementing lasting relationships with exciting, disruptive businesses that create products and platforms that address real world needs.”

Commenting on the investment Jesse Lee, CEO and co-founder of Brooklyn Vendor Assurance, said: “We are delighted to have joined the Blackfinch portfolio at such an important time in the journey of Brooklyn Vendor Assurance.

Investors in the Blackfinch Spring VCT include financial advisors and their retail clients and investors using direct-to-client platforms.

Richard Cook, CEO of Blackfinch, added: "Each organisation that has received funding is a true reflection of the emphasis that Blackfinch has on working with business that are aligned to our environment, social and governance values, and each company has ambitious plans for the future.

“We are looking forward to continuing to provide support to those companies that have received follow-on investment, and to forging strong working relationships with those who run the businesses that are new to the Ventures portfolio.”

Investment summary:

New Investments:

  • Brooklyn Vendor Assurance – GBP 1.60 million;
  • Clientshare – GBP1.33 million;
  • Cyclr – GBP1.60 million;
  • OnePulse – GBP1.60 million;
  • LSTN – GBP440 thousand.

Follow On Investments:

  • Candidate.ID – GBP760 thousand;
  • Cyance – GBP440 thousand;
  • Edozo – GBP870 thousand;
  • Kokoon – GBP430 thousand;
  • Staffcircle – GBP1.09 million;
  • Tended – GBP600 thousand;
  • Transreport – GBP540 thousand.