Symvan investee UnderPinned hits £500,000 crowdfunding target

Symvan investee, ​UnderPinned​ has hit its £500,000 crowdfunding target. The freelance career platform, launched its crowdfunding campaign on Crowdcube less than two years after launching and has so far raised just under £1.5 million. UnderPinned provides freelancers with a one-stop career management platform, covering everything from building a portfolio and creating watertight contracts to automating invoices and payments. Members are also granted access to partner services through Open Banking, including Digital Risks, which offers self-employed insurance and 24/7 legal counsel. Last week, UnderPinned announced that it is providing all services included in its essential plan free of charg

When Will The Financial Meltdown End?

The Coronavirus Contagion combined with the Saudi/Russian oil spat has certainly sent financial markets into the biggest meltdown since 2008/09 with no end seemingly in sight at the time of writing. Events are changing on an almost daily basis but Symvan is of the belief that we are approaching a maximum hype-cycle point of inflection in the next few weeks, and that will present a strong buying opportunity. It remains uncertain what specific event will retrospectively be viewed as the point of maximum panic, but it will probably be something that occurs in the United States – perhaps a ‘Wuhan-style’ shutdown of a major city such as Seattle? Don't Ignore the Positives We are not going to atte

Hot Topics in EIS Fund Due Diligence

Who would have thought that we would have the ability to coerce 35 or 40 people into an evening panel discussion on 5th March 2020 at Lewis Silkin’s offices on Chancery Lane with such an alluring title? A fantastic and stimulating audience attended the event including EIS investors, wealth managers, platform providers and even the odd lawyer. A great evening seemed to be had by all as we discussed everything but the Coronavirus situation, but freely debated transparency on EIS manager fees, conflicts of interest, IPEV guidelines and the role of EISA in establishing trust between investors and fund managers. The participants on the Panel included: - Luke Barnett, Lead Analyst, MJ Hudson Alle

EIS Technology Fund Investment Offer Review by MICAP now available

MICAP, a provider of independent due diligence and research into the alternative investment market, have completed their Investment Offer Review on the Symvan Technology EIS Fund. Selected extracts from the review: “Symvan’s 'life-cycle' investment approach favours a small number of well-researched investee companies that Symvan can help develop and progress towards an exit event. Since the introduction of digital forms for application EIS3 certificates and since August 2019 EIS3 certificates have been received on average within 41 days, which is very good. Investee companies will usually have attracted investment from Symvan's SEIS funds, achieved developmental milestones and have Symvan a

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