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And The Winner Is ….

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

JAG Shaw Baker has been working with UCL Entrepreneurs’ Society to provide a commercial and legal sounding board to student-driven start-ups and to mentor budding entrepreneurs as they explore potential business ideas. As part of that, UCL created the Moonshot Launchpad progamme in 2016, a 12-week pre-accelerator program for engineering, science and tech start-ups. Sharmela Thevarajaha and Imran Bhatia, Associates at JAG Shaw Baker, were on the judging panel of the current Moonshot Launchpad. The nine finalists in the innovation program were primarily focused on the healthcare, fintech and energy sectors. Each company pitched their business ideas and faced tough questions from the judging panel. In…

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Three Things You Need To Know Before Raising US Venture Capital

By | Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge, Raising in the US

The US has always been a hotbed of venture capital investment. In 2015, the National Venture Capital Association reported $58.8 billion was invested in the US, with VCs investing 5.4 times more money in the US than in Europe.  According to Tech.eu’s recent funding report, European technology startups raised around €16.2 billion in 2016. Despite the fact that those numbers don’t touch the US investment numbers, we still see increased interest in UK and European start-ups from US investors. The deep pockets of Silicon Valley VCs have filled the dreams of entrepreneurs around the world, but diving into a US funding round without…

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Through The Looking Glass At Unbound 2016

By | Current Affairs, Entrepreneurs, Events, Partner Insight

JAG Shaw Baker was invited to attend Unbound London in last month. The two-day innovation event in December took a stratospheric leap into a hyper-connected future where change will occur in the blink of an eye and be driven more by society. The event kicked off in royal style with the Duke of York, Prince Andrew introducing Pitch@Palace – an initiative created by his charitable trust to guide, help and connect entrepreneurs with influencers, angels, mentors and business partners. Insightful talks and panel discussions followed, touching on topics such as augmented reality, chatbots and even digital love and relationships. Each talk…

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Innovative Financing Instruments: A Better Alternative?

By | Documentation, Entrepreneurs, Knowledge

As discussed in The New World Order of Innovative Financing, investors are increasingly opting to invest into companies in advance of formal funding rounds (including seed rounds). In the UK, these investments are usually made through convertible loan notes or advanced subscription agreements (known as ASAs). In the US similar instruments like Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) by Y Combinator and Keep It Simple Security (KISS) from 500 Startups have seen increased usage. In this post, we’re look at the advantages and disadvantages of these instruments from the both the investor and company perspectives. We’ll also look at what…

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Monese Raises $10M A Round From International Investors

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

In one of the first rounds of 2017 and another win for Fintech, Monese, a banking app for immigrants and expats, announced a hefty A round of $10 million. The app caters to immigrants and expats and in the context of Brexit, the round is notable because of its international consortium of investors. Two lead investors, Estonia’s Smart Cap (in the first round with Seedcamp) and Korea Investment Partners (in this current round) are our clients and we’re pleased to have advised them on this deal. Other investors in the round include Anthemis Exponential Ventures and STE Capital. The total funds raised…

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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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The New World Order Of Innovative Financing

By | Advanced Financings, Brand, Current Affairs, Knowledge, Seed

According to data from London & Partners, UK tech companies raised more than $2.1 billion in the first nine months of 2015. In January 2016, London & Partners released new data indicating that since 2010, UK technology companies have collectively raised almost $10 billion. Inc Magazine published an article about the 10 growing VC trends to look for in 2016. Among them was early and seed stage funding. Whether it’s via a crowd sourced platform, seed investor or super angel, the options for early stage capital isn’t slowing down. This type of funding increasingly takes the form of quick, efficient…

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Three Minutes With Howard Watt

By | Brand, Partner Insight, People

A new month brings new beginnings at JAG Shaw Baker and today we’re pleased to announce a new partner at the firm, Howard Watt. Howard comes to JAG Shaw Baker from Eight Roads (the private investment arm of Fidelity International) where he has been in-house Counsel for the past six years. While there, Howard advised Eight Roads’ European Venture Fund on investments including Innogames, Made.com, NotOnTheHighStreet, AppsFlyer and Wahanda (now Treatwell), including the latter’s $171 m exit to Recruit. As a partner on our corporate team, Howard’s background includes deal work in venture capital, private equity, private investment funds and…

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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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Seed Funding: The Non-Priced Round

By | Brand, Entrepreneurs, Partner Insight

Early stage funding for start-ups is getting complicated. For many years, companies have raised initial seed funding through convertible loans instead of selling shares. In this type of funding, the loan, together with interest, automatically converts into the shares a company sells in its next funding round at either a discount (ranges are between 10% and 30%) or the lower of a discount or a valuation cap. There also may be specific limitations on the size of that funding. In recent years, following on to trends in the US with the Simple Agreement for Future Equity (SAFE) and Keep it…

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