We have invested in companies that operate in

ed-tech, HR-tech, insure-tech, OSINT, VR/AR, with utilisation of big data analytics and machine learning

Portfolio

Sector:

Auris Tech Limited

Auris Tech is using proprietary interactive automatic speech recognition (“ASR”) software to encourage and teach children to read English via “Listening Books”. Auris is seeking to be the premier software system for ASR books targeting children aged 4 to 9 years, initially in the UK, and then expanding geographically to other countries. Auris has worked in collaboration with Edinburgh University's School of Informatics to build its own bottom-up child-based ASR system. Like Apple’s Siri, the ASR system is cloud based.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2, EIS Angel Network, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Education, SaaS

Yes

Sector:

Bayncore Limited

Bayncore has identified and is addressing a potential £40m+ revenue opportunity by 2020. Bayncore is providing highly specialised consultancy and IT services to organisations that utilize their own proprietary software and code using High Performance Computing (HPC), Technical Computing (engineering, financial services, etc.), Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Big Data Analytics. Bayncore is at the forefront of addressing the “code modernisation challenge” which is one of the most pressing issues for large enterprises utilising HPC. The newest processors provided by the likes of Intel Corp (e.g. Intel Xeon Phi) can have up to 71 cores (compared to the chipset in our everyday PCs, which may only have two cores). This is a precursor to a new family of Intel products, some of which are highly specialised (e.g. machine learning and deep learning). There is a gap emerging between the available computing power and the computing power that is actually used. This is due to a specialized requirement of programming expertise limited to a few. This is effectively a skills gap and Bayncore is seeking to narrow this through its services.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 1, EIS Angel Network, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

IT Services & Consultancy

Yes

Sector:

Cognisess Limited

Cognisess is a predictive people analytics company, headquartered in Bath (UK). It has partner offices in Australia, The Netherlands, Ireland and Israel. Its analytic engine, Cognisess Deep LearnTM helps companies better understand the current and future value of their most important and expensive asset: people. Cognisess works with global organisations of all sizes with vertical solutions designed for corporate and education sectors and are currently deployed in the enterprise market amongst with many companies including InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), Volkswagen, Babcock, and Havas Media. Cognisess serves frontline HR and operational business functions with an affordable, pay-as- you-go or subscription based platform to assess and optimise both candidates and employee productivity by providing predictive people analytics. The platform harnesses the power of cognitive neuro-science, workforce Big Data, Ai/Machine Learning and predictive analytics algorithms that helps remove the bias and subjectivity around hiring, annual appraisals and organisational design allowing businesses to make better informed people decisions.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2, EIS Angel Network, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Recruitment, SaaS

Yes

Sector:

Geogram Corporation

Geogram offers a white labelled SaaS platform providing mixed reality managed services for the AR cloud. The move from a single user experience to a shared user experience increases complexity to coordinate between different systems, providers, file types, and channels/brands. Geogram's mixed reality management solution solves this problem to enable seamless shared AR experience for the end user.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 3, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Augmented Reality, SaaS

Yes

Sector:

iPoint Technology UK Limited

iPoint Technology UK is a transport focused company delivering a connected IoT platform to transport operators. The iCentral platform solves a major problem for operators (Bus/Coach, Rail, Logistics & Emergency Services) by taking information from a range of disparate onboard systems and delivering this data in one single interface to the operator. iCentral also allows the operator to access typically siloed data to exchange and interact with smart city environments. In terms of future-proofing, iCentral uniquely offers manufacturers the ability to access information in real time or remotely to deliver a connected aftersales and warranty feature.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2

Company Status:

Active

IoT, Transport, Smart Cities

Yes

Sector:

Lightsource Holdings Limited

Lightsource Holdings Ltd (“Lightsource”) has been incorporated to develop and sell Micro-Electro- Mechanical Systems (“MEMS”) for use in infra-red (“IR”) spectroscopy devices. At its simplest, IR spectroscopy works as a method of identifying the composition of any substance by measuring the wavelengths of IR energy absorbed by the target, with each substance having a unique IR ‘fingerprint’. These MEMS devices are built on silicon wafers in much the same way as electronic components in computers, and, in the same way, this allows the technology to be miniaturised. Thus, a process which previously required samples of solids, liquids or gases being sent to a lab and run through a large machine for analysis, can now be carried out anywhere by placing the MEMS components into portable, hand-held spectroscopy devices. The market for IR sensor technology has many potential verticals in which it stands to become a core enabling technology. This technology also stands to benefit from the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) systems. This miniaturisation opens up a significant number of opportunities and use cases across verticals as varied as healthcare, oil & gas, and food analysis & testing.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2

Company Status:

Active

Mobile IR sensors

Yes

Sector:

RightIndem Limited

RightIndem is providing a digital platform for total-loss automotive claims through an innovative SaaS platform that delivers a brand-new concept for insurers' Customer Managed Claims with a digital experience for claimants that removes much of the current perceived unfairness, wasted time and bureaucracy from the current analogue process with an initial focus on motor insurers claims processes.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

InsureTech

Yes

Sector:

Underpinned Ltd

The UnderPinned Virtual Office is your one-stop freelance career management portal. An easy to use cloud-based hub built to help you find work, manage your work, and get paid (on time).

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 3

Company Status:

Active

Fintech

Yes

Sector:

WonderLuk Ltd

WonderLuk (“WL”) offered personalised 3D-printed jewellery & accessories on demand. WL developed and integrated a supply chain serving UK & Europe whereby products were delivered to the customer after 2 weeks from order. Jewellery was designed by a network of independent designers who design collections, the majority of them created on an exclusive basis. All pieces were available through the website and selected pop-up stores. Customers chose their favourite piece, which they can then customise to their taste (size, material, colour). All products were made on demand via a network of industrial 3D printing bureaus. The made to order supply chain required no inventory, no obsolescence and a low working capital environment. Latterly, WL placed a stronger focus on B2B collaborations and branded partnerships. Wonderluk secured some of its largest collaborations in 2016, including partnerships with the V&A Museum and Jaeger, but these had not converted into incremental revenues via the company’s website, despite generating good brand awareness. These collaborations did not deliver sufficient profits to sustain the company’s growth efforts. As such the decision was made to place the company in a members’ voluntary liquidation. In March 2017 Wonderluk completed a distribution to shareholders under a Members Voluntary Liquidation (MVL).

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 1, EIS Angel Network

Company Status:

Members Voluntary Liquidation

3D Printing

Yes

Sector:

B.heard Limited

B.Heard Limited’s product, Savy, is a personal data account which allows individuals to save, earn & learn from their personal information. It is an ecosystem that gives individuals the benefit of owning, processing and sharing their personal data on mutual commercial terms with any third party. This personal data, produced by our ‘online’ presence, reveals our preferences and opinions in the form of websites visited, emails, tweets, likes on social media, internet searches and online purchases and bookings. As our cars, homes, and lifestyles fill up with technology, there is only an increasing amount of data we have to own or give up. The Savy account allows users to understand the full value of one’s personal data by combining it with machine learning. The possibility of such aggregation and analysis presents unprecedented opportunities for drawing insights from personal information and its derived value.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2, EIS Angel Network, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Data aggregation

Yes

Sector:

Buying Butler Ltd

Buying Butler (“BB”) has been acquired by RightIndem Limited.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 1, EIS Angel Network, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Acquired by RightIndem

HR Enterprise Software

Yes

Sector:

Digital Clipboard Limited

Wealth management firms are racing to keep clients as $1 trillion is transferred between generations yearly. Paper-based, manual processes are failing to meet the expectations of the next generation who demand intuitive digital experiences. Digital Clipboard is an enterprise app that transforms client on-boarding, increases conversion and reduces costs by 10x. The app streamlines client on-boarding using machine-learning to predict client requirements and recommend suitable products. The company has secured a monopoly position on 13% of the UK wealth market through enterprise agreements and has been invited into Microsoft's $500m global co-sell programme.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

FinTech, SaaS

Yes

Sector:

Guider Global Limited

Guider provides AI-powered mentoring software for enterprises, helping organisations create meaningful and impactful mentoring & coaching programmes. Mentoring is a win-win for both employees and employers, resulting in increased growth, career progression, job satisfaction and loyalty. But as is the case for most companies, the lack of an effective mentoring programme prevents these personal and business benefits. Guider is on a mission to help professionals and companies achieve their goals through meaningful and effective mentoring. Guider is combining AI technology with team expertise to match and grow mentoring relationships inside organisations and make an impact.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 3, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

HR Enterprise Software

Yes

Sector:

iTar Limited

iTar is developing and seeking to launch a new type of combined guitar and synthesizer that can be used with tablets and smart phones. The objective is to create an instrument that is endorsed by the professional/serious guitar playing community. The iTar is a hardware play and the target is to create a revolutionary new guitar that will generate excitement amongst the music software community. The iTar represents a marriage between its expressive electronic guitar fingerboard and the multi-faceted interactive touch surface of the smartphone or tablet. The iTar is designed as a modular system so that the special Neck/Fingerboard may plug into a variety of mobile devices as well as body-modules that offer various guitar shapes, accessories, and performance features. In the world of guitar, “one size does not fit all”, and with the iTar neck as a functional core the instrument may take on any of a number of different personalities.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2

Company Status:

Active

Software, hardware

Yes

Sector:

Neotas Limited

Beyond the records. Below the surface web… there is a lot more to discover. Neotas interrogate openly available sources such as social media, the deep and dark web, to connect the dots, shed light on people risk and in doing so, are setting new standards in due diligence, compliance and screening. Through a unique blend of cybersecurity, intelligence, military and financial services backgrounds, the Neotas team built and developed an advanced intelligence platform based on advanced open source intelligence (OSINT). Through our platform and experienced analysts, we connect the dots in digital trails to help our clients; mitigate reputational risk, make informed investment decisions, prevent fraud & financial crime, evidence compliance and protect their employer brands. We answer the questions you didn’t even know to ask, ultimately providing you with the full picture. Through our work we have also uncovered and reported individuals to Crimestoppers, PREVENT and the UK Serious Fraud Office. We work closely with charities too such as STOPTHETRAFFIK to help combat human trafficking.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 3, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Open Source Intelligence, SaaS

Yes

Sector:

Snackbox Games Ltd

Snackbox Games was launched to conceptualise, develop and commercially exploit games and other applications across smart devices, with a principal focus on mobile gaming. The company aims to create content that can be published via all major app stores and that is attractive to a wide range of potential users. It aims to develop social, multiplayer and real-time games that can be distributed through a number of distribution channels including app stores and social media platforms including messaging platforms. The founders are looking to tap into the enormous global games market, particularly in the mobile app ecosystem. By working closely with games publishers, they aim to create a system where the games are developed and published seamlessly, while using the data about customer’s preferences and habits to better target appropriate and successful genres and demographics, placing them ahead of the curve in identifying and participating in trends within the market.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2

Company Status:

Active

Mobile games development

Yes

Sector:

VMS Me Ltd

Messagenius is an enterprise instant messaging tool providing data security, allowing colleagues to securely and instantly communicate with each other just in one tap. Messagenius provides effective instant messaging for businesses to communicate: at the office, on field, in operations centers, among senior managers and the entire workforce, among salespeople, in supply chains and logistics. With Messagenius you protect your data and own all the communication, improve interaction with your colleagues, boost your productivity, optimize your time, enhance your company's communication and simplify your daily work to enjoy what you do and how you do in the workplace.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 1, SEIS Fund 2, EIS Angel Network

Company Status:

Active

Software

Yes

Sector:

B.heard Explore Ltd

B.heard Explore Ltd (trading as “Bheard”) are provokers of public conversation and research for brands, for organisations, and for good. The company is a start-up trying to do polling differently by putting people first - the Company wants to have real conversations with real people to get real insight, to see the faces behind the statistics we see everyday. Utilising partnerships with outdoor media groups, the Company’s aim is to create proven ROI from digital out-of-home (OOH) media for advertisers, translating outdoor conversations online.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2

Company Status:

Active

Digital media & advertising

Yes

Sector:

Cityzenith Holdings, Inc.

Cityzenith provides the world's leading data visualization platform software and applications for IoT and Smart Cities. Cityzenith’s award-winning Smart World Pro™ software platform revolutionizes the way building professionals aggregate and analyze their Big Data to better design, build, and operate complex, multi-building project locations of any scale, anywhere in the world. Developed by the creators of Google Earth, Smart World Pro’s unique 3D game-like user interface and simple drag & drop functionality make it easy for users to consolidate all their project data for both existing and new building assets in a single digital platform, bridging the data gap from design to operations unlike any other tool in the market today.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Software, Smart Cities

Yes

Sector:

Finmo Limited

Finmo is the simplest way to track taxes for freelancers, contractors and the self-employed. Understand your income, expenses and tax liability with our free app that makes filing your annual tax return, well, less taxing.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 3

Company Status:

Active

Fintech

Yes

Sector:

InteriMarket Ltd

Employment norms are changing drastically, and one of the most significant shifts is towards greater flexibility in employment. ‘Jobs for life’ are increasingly a thing of the past, and huge swathes of the job market are moving towards self-employed, freelance, or contract work, a trend that is set to continue. Interimarket was conceived following first hand experience of this shift and of the difficulty of using outdated methods to hire contract workers, particularly at the more sophisticated end of this spectrum. Interimarket seeks to modernise the processes which bring white-collar, contract and interim workers and the employers who need them together. The company have developed a hybrid SaaS and marketplace offering which connects and serves both sides, the first of its kind in the world.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Recruitment, SaaS

Yes

Sector:

JLD Games Limited

JLD Games (“JLD”) is a games developer looking to provide games which are ‘Just a Little Different’. The company has been set up to conceptualize, develop and commercially exploit a new IP in Social Casino, and other applications thereof, across smart devices, with a principal focus on mobile. The company aims to create content that can be published via all major app stores and that is attractive to a wide range of potential users. The business model is focused on generating significant user numbers to derive revenue from in app purchase and from advertising within the content developed by the company. JLD brings together a highly experienced entrepreneurial team and a partnership agreement with PlayStack Limited (“PlayStack”), a publishing and technology company in the games industry.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 2

Company Status:

Active

Mobile games development

Yes

Sector:

Red Lambda, Inc.

Red Lambda provides cybersecurity software that enables private sector and government organizations to rapidly identify, visualize, investigate, and understand threat behaviors of both known and unknown, zero-day attacks within their network environments. Using Red Lambda’s cybersecurity software organizations can: Rapidly identify anomalous threat behaviors within their network; Thoroughly investigate and understand the extent, impact, and root cause of cyber incidents; Reduce the time between detection and root cause determination; Increase the effectiveness of SOC team threat hunting activities; and maintain cyber detection and investigation capabilities in rapidly changing and dynamic network environments. MetaGrid uses patented technologies that fuse distributed grid computing, relational stream processing, machine learning, behavioral analytics, and interactive data visualizations to rapidly ingest, correlate, cluster, and analyze large amounts of system and network operational data. It then identifies and prioritizes likely threat behaviors and presents this information using interactive data visualizations that facilitate rapid investigation and comprehensive understanding of threat activities throughout the entire cyber kill chain. With that understanding, security operations teams can quickly assess and understand the extent, impact, and root cause of cyber incidents within their network. Where threat hunting used to take days, weeks, or more, MetaGrid can reduce the process to minutes - enabling timely threat mitigation actions.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

EIS Angel Network

Company Status:

Active

Cyber Security

Yes

Sector:

Sweetbridge EMEA Ltd

The Sweetbridge Network is a real-time financial system. It continuously assures that information and commitments can be trusted between parties.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Blockchain

Yes

Sector:

VRtuoso Limited

VRtuoso has created the first enterprise product to enable anyone in a company to quickly and easily create VR presentations. Despite immersive learning emerging as a better way to increase employee engagement and boost learning retention, some companies traditionally view VR as high-cost, requiring specialist skills or lacking quality content. In addition, learning and development (L&D) teams cite VR as too isolating for some training and less interactive as facilitators can’t guide users with feedback while in use. VRtuoso tackles these challenges head on by allowing anyone to create, deliver and manage VR presentations quickly and easily. L&D teams can use VRtuoso to guide their audience and control what is viewed on all VR headsets in real time. Since launching in the European market in 2018, VRtuoso has been deployed by EE, American Express, BT Group, PwC and BP; plus Yoox Net-a-Porter Group, the world’s leading online luxury fashion retailer.

Fund:

HMRC Advance Assurance:

Website:

SEIS Fund 3, EIS Fund

Company Status:

Active

Virtual Reality, Education

Yes

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