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Habito Raises £18.5 Million In A Series B Round Led By Atomico

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

JAG Shaw Baker is proud to have advised our client Habito, on their £18.5 Million Series B round led by Atomico. The raise supports Habito, one of the standout ‘PropTech’ companies in the UK, and their vision to leverage the large inefficiencies inherent in the mortgage market. The round brings the total raised by the company to a total of £27m and the funding will be used for marketing and other product development as well as the company’s plans to expand its offering to other parts of the mortgage process such as home and life insurance. Daniel Hegarty, CEO, Habito started the company in 2015. The JAG Shaw Baker team…

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A Look Inside Unbound London 2017

By | Entrepreneurs, Events

In July, our associates Imran Bhatia and Robert Glass attended Unbound London at The Old Truman Brewery near London’s Brick Lane. The annual event brings together entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and journalists from around Europe to take a look at the impact of new disruptive technologies as well as different ways that emerging brands can establish a presence and increase brand loyalty in a fast-moving market.  The red-hot topic of the event was the concept of the startup culture. It was no surprise that the discussion centred around the importance of instilling business fundamentals and structure across start-ups as well as…

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Atomico Leads $30 M Investment Round in AI Chip Company Graphcore

By | Artificial Intelligence, Client news, investors, Knowledge, Partner Insight, Robots

Artificial intelligence (AI) takes another step forward. Graphcore, a UK chip designer that designs chips specifically for AI, recently closed a $30 M round to support their continued expansion. The round was led by our client, Atomico and included existing investors Amadeus Capital, Robert Bosch Ventures Captial, C4 Ventures, Dell Technologies Capital, Draper Esprit Plc, Foundation Capital, Pitango and Samsung Catalyst Fund. Atomico is a London-based venture capital firm founded by Niklas Zennstrom, a co-founder of Skype. AI Everywhere According to a recent Bloomberg article, the investors in the round also included several machine learning experts such as Demis Hassabis, the co-founder and CEO of DeepMind. Owned by Alphabet Inc., DeepMind is an…

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How To Commercialise Life Sciences: Focus On The Basics

By | Biotech, Current Affairs, Guest Posts, Knowledge, Life Sciences

Life sciences research can translate into solutions, products and companies that provide significant benefit to both society and the economy. Today’s dynamic ecosystem presents tremendous opportunities for life sciences innovators given technological advances and rapidly changing market realities. Although the environment for commercialisation has changed dramatically over the last few decades, the basic principles of making it a success remain the same. A commercialisation plan enables innovators to set out and communicate their strategy to others. It should offer a clear and concise overview of the technology’s market potential and the planned route to commercialisation. It should also illustrate how…

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MyBuilder Acquired by HomeAdivsor

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

We ended March on a high note with some great M&A news for our client MyBuilder. The UK company was recently acquired by HomeAdvisor, an IAC company (NASDAQ: IAC) considered one of the largest home marketplaces in the world. JAG Shaw Baker represented the interests of MyBuilder and its investors, including the founder. This deal is a great example of JAG Shaw Baker’s expertise in creating the right balance between the interests of the selling parties to generate a sensible sell-side proposition to then deliver the sale to the buyer. The firm is proud to have been a part of this deal which was effectively done in a sharp two week period. According…

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Client News: InMotion Hosts Smart Transportation Hackathon

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

We’re pleased to be advisors to InMotion, the independent venture from Jaguar Land Rover. InMotion plans to transform the experience of personal travel and deliver greater freedom, choice and well-being in movement. In other words, smart transportation.  Smart Transportation Hackathon On November 3, 2016 in London, InMotion is having it’s first hackathon. The hackathon is focused on transforming the future of transportation. During the day, from 5:30 to 11:30 pm, hackers will have a chance to solve a technical challenge that can be utilised by the wider community. This gives them a chance to be a part of solving real customer mobility problems….

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In The News: James Shaw Talks to Drugs & Dealers Magazine

By | Brand, Entrepreneurs, Investor and VC News, Partner Insight

For the last 15 or 16 years I have been spinning life science companies out of academic institutions and one of the biggest challenges I saw 15 years ago and I still see now is funding the early stage companies on spin-out — James Shaw In the May issue of Biotech & Money’s Drugs & Dealers magazine, our co-founder James Shaw talked to the magazine about the state of the fundraising market in the UK and the firm’s role as one of the leading legal advisers in this sector. Here are some great excerpts from the article: Drugs & Dealers: Perhaps you could…

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Crossing The Valley Of Death: Funding, Financing And Strategy At Biotech & Money London

By | Events, Life Sciences

On Tuesday, 2 February, 2016, our co-founder James Shaw spoke at the Biotech & Money conference here in London.  The panel, Crossing the Valley of Death: Funding, Financing and Strategy, addressed investment strategy for life sciences companies and looked at the current state of the market for early stage funding, how to bridge funding gaps and how to position the company to raise capital as well as how to approach vesting criteria.   The panel included Sue Staunton, Partner, James Cowper Kreston; Richard Seabrook, Head of Business Development, Innovations, Wellcome Trust; Francois Martelet, CEO, NetScientific; Ayal Ronen, Vice President, FreeMind; and Goncalo de Vasconcelos, CEO, SyndicateRoom.

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Environmental Technologies Fund Leads $18M Funding Round For Telensa

By | Client news, Investor and VC News, Startups

Environmental Technologies Fund (ETF) recently led an $18 m funding round for Telensa, a leader in Wireless Smart City solutions. Telensa provides more options for IoT.  IoT is a smart investment. According to a study in McKinsey, IoT predicts 30 billion objects will be connected by 2020.  The funds from this new investment round will support Telensa’s next stage of profitable growth based on smart city solutions that incorporate low-power wide-area wireless technology. We are proud to be working with ETF, helping them make investments in European companies that are changing the world by delivering big environmental benefits. 

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