Concirrus has received £15.3M Series B funding to expand its platform
Ready to solve challenges faced by marine and automotive commercial insurance markets, the insurtech startup Concirrus has officially received a $20M (£15.3M) Series B funding led by AlbionVC, IQ Capital, EOS Venture Partners and several angel investors. Based in London, the company developed Quest, a platform providing behavioural data and predictive models on marine and automotive risk management.
With this funding, Concirrus will focus on entering new global markets starting with the US and Asia, continuing to work with a series of trusted partners (i.e. partnership with Hiscox to analyse its marine fleets), and responding to their evolving customers’ needs.
Digital asset platform Copper.co raises £6.15M to launch new products
Launched in 2018, Copper.co is a pioneer in managing digital assets for institutions including secure cryptocurrency custody, trading, and transfer infrastructure. The company has raised a £6.15M Series A fund to grow globally by growing its commercial team and launching new products. This round was led by institutional investors such as Target Global, Delivery Hero, wefox, Rapyd, LocalGlobe, and MMC Ventures.
With this investment, Copper will develop client-facing operations in key markets around the world such as North America and Asia. Additionally, it will accelerate the launch of new products that give their institutional clients (essentially in crypto funds, institutions and HNW private traders) more investment options.
Backed by Google, retailtech NearSt raises £2M
NearSt, a London-based retail and fashion tech startup raised £2M from Google to drive more people to spend on the high street. In 2015, Nick Brackenbury and Max Kreijn decided to develop a simple and intuitive shop and product finder. This powerful technology links products on shop shelves in real-time to nearby customers and their Google searches.
Thanks to NearLive technology, the user is connected to shop inventory systems and the raw stock turns into actual live inventory. NearSt believes that Real-Time Local Inventory data will transform the way the world thinks about retail. With this money, NearSt will accelerate onboarding by retailers in the UK, hire new people, and enter the US market.
Predictive risk management platform OutThink raises £1.2M seed funding
OutThink received £1.2M seed investment from Forward Partners. Founded by CISOs for CISOs, OutThink is an alternative to traditional security awareness computer-based training. Their solution supports brands to understand their human risk in real-time and prevent data breaches caused by employees. Their customers are mostly large, global organisations and FTSE 100 and 250 brands, such as Vodafone, Bunzl and Holland & Barrett.
With this investment, the company will continue its development and expansion across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, aiming to grow its B2B customer base. OutThink is also planning on hiring about thirty more people by the end of 2020 and is committed to enhancing its product by focusing on predictive analytics and advanced data models.
Digital marketplace Paperclip secures £750,000
Co-founded by Rich Woolley and Alan Small, Paperclip platform enables users to buy, sell, swap and give away second-hand goods with nearby users. Paperclip’s most recent crowdfunding round was opened to Seedrs and led by over 400 private investors and overfunded by 126%.
Paperclip is being used by over 40 universities that offer dedicated platforms for their students, including Cardiff University and UCL. With this funding, Paperclip expects to increase its university presence, from 40 to over 90, representing over 70% market share of UK universities by the end of 2020.