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Upscale Class of 2017

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Startups

We’re happy to round out this week with a big congratulations to the start-ups that are part of Tech City UK’s Upscale Class of 2017. Upscale is a program for the most promising early stage start-ups to begin their journey to success. Each of the 33 companies are mentored by some of the UK’s most successful tech entrepreneurs including Riccardo Zacconi (KING.com/Candy Crush founder); Martha Lane Fox and Brent Hoberman (Lastminute.com founders); Lesley Eccles, (FanDuel founder); and David Buttress (Just Eat founder). The start-ups in Upscale are from a wide variety of tech sectors. The companies also reflect the UK’s strength in particular markets,…

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Client News: Doctify Raises Series A Funding Round

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Startups

Congratulations to our client Doctify Limited on raising more than $1M in their Series A funding round led by Amadeus Capital. We advised Doctify from their inception and their initial seed funding through to their Series A funding.  It’s been exciting to see their success from the start! Doctify is a new healthcare booking platform that gives patients a tool to search for specialist doctors, compare reviews and prices and book online appointments.  In a January article in the Evening Standard, the company says it aims to become the go-to online health platform.

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Entrepreneur First Wins Seed Fund Of The Year

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Investor and VC News, People, Startups

Last week, JAG Shaw Baker was one of the sponsors of GP Bullhound’s 2016 Investor Allstars. The annual awards pay tribute to entrepreneurs and investors in the start up ecosystem including Entrepreneur of the year to VC Fund of the Year. This year JAG Shaw Baker sponsored the Seed Fund of the Year category which went to Entrepreneur First (EF). EF is an accelerator but also a unique training school for entrepreneurs. The accelerator made news when one of their investments, Magic Pony, a visual processing start up, was acquired by Twitter for a reported $150 million (£102m). Congratulations to EF and all the companies and individuals who…

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Mergers, Lists and Launches: Atomico, Transferwise & Kano

By | Client news, Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, Startups

Our clients are always on the move and despite holiday nature of the summer months, July and August have been no exception. Here’s a round up of a few strategic wins for our clients. Hailo has joined forces with Daimler’s MyTaxi and created Europe’s largest taxi e-hailing company. With the merger, the companies say they will now serve three million customers with 100,000+ registered taxi drivers across 50+ cities in nine European countries. Our client, Atomico was one of the investors in this deal and we’re happy to have helped them with this exciting merger. The MIT Technology Review recently published their list…

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Launches And Exits: Magic Pony, BleepBleeps and So-Sure

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Startups | No Comments

It’s been a great start to the summer of 2016! Two clients launched new products and another was acquired by Twitter for $150 million. We’re proud to work with this great group of entrepreneurs in IoT, insurance tech and machine learning. In the acquisition department, Magic Pony Technology, a stealth European tech company was acquired by Twitter in June. Magic Pony’s technology uses neural networks to improve images. According to a TechCrunch article the acquisition will bolster Twitter’s strategy to build it’s machine learning muscle and potentially improve how it delivers photos and videos across its apps. “Machine learning is increasingly at the…

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Lodgify Closes 1.4 Million Funding Round

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, investors, Startups

We recently helped our client Lodgify close their new €1.4 M funding round with Nauta Capital and other existing investors including Chris Hitchen, HOWZAT Partners and Roland Zeller. Lodgify has raised a total of €2 M to date to help rental owners and property managers generate more direct bookings and become less dependent on online travel agencies like Airbnb. Lodgify provides website builder software to enable vacation rental owners to build their own branded websites. In a recent interview with TechCrunch, Dennis Klett, CEO & Co-founder, Lodgify, said the problem is that most vacation rental owners do not have a…

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Client News: M&A, IP And Partnerships

By | Client news, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, investors, M&A, Startups

From an M&A deal to Condé Nast to an interesting intellectual property matter for one of the oldest cutlery companies in Europe, here’s a short round up of some of our client’s success and news: Partnerships: For the second time in 2016, our client TransferWise has joined forces with a bank. Earlier this year it was Estonia’s largest bank LHV. This time it was a German FinTech start up, Number26 backed by Peter Thiel. Number 26 is considered to be Europe’s first mobile bank. TransferWise and Number26 have teamed up to give Number26 customers in-app access to a cheap international money-transfer service. Number26’s new service…

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New Location-Based App To Help Syrian Refugees And Connect Aid Organizations

By | Client news, Pro Bono, Startups

In the midst of the refugee crisis, everyone talks about doing something or contributing in some way. Last week, a group of global leaders met in London to pledge $10 M in aid for the Syrian refugee crisis and at the same time last week, Shelley Taylor, CEO of Trellyz, launched the Refugee Aid app. According to the Huffington Post, the location-based app is a place for refugees to find information on aid, connect with aid organisations and get the support they need. It’s also the place where NGOs and charities can share their resources with refugees and deliver aid…

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Learn The Ins And Outs Of Funding And Financing At Our 4YFN Legal Workshop

By | Events, Startups

If you’re a high-growth start-up headed down to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, Feb 22 – 25, 2016, then you won’t want to miss our legal workshop at 4 Years From Now (4YFN). The workshop, Break on through to the other side: A legal cheat sheet for funding and financing, is hosted by our two co-founders, Tina Baker and James Shaw. This 45-minute workshop will look at the state of funding in the EU and what the firm sees as trends in legal deals from our perspective. Our co-founders, Tina and James, will then talk about three basic things start-ups should have buttoned down…

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Poised To Win: Our Clients Makes Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe List.

By | Client news, Investor and VC News, Startups

It’s nice when our clients succeed and even nicer when they make “best of” lists – especially when it’s Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list. This new version of the original 30 Under 30 list, looked at 300 of the young leaders in 10 industry sectors in Europe. So while the trumpets are still sounding, we wanted to give them a shout. In the world of finance, our client Index Ventures’ Ophelia Brown-Finance and Berlin-based Point 9 Capital’s Nicolas Wittenborn proved their savvy and strategy could spot the start-ups with staying power. On the technology front, we saw Alex Klein, Kano; George Burgess,…

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