100th deal by Cambridge Capital group

4/10/2017

Cambridge Capital salutes its members, who have now made the 100th investment since the group's inception.

Formed in October 2000 by entrepreneurs, founding members of Cambridge Capital group began investing in spin-outs from the Cambridge hi-tech cluster in early 2001. This quarter, in their 17th year of angel investing, the group has participated in the funding of these exciting early-stage ventures:

Ablatus – novel tissue ablation to treat solid tumours

Sensize – SaaS system to track and monitor shipments at a fraction of the cost of legacy methods

Sentisum – real-time customer experience intelligence for enterprises

Rootwave – chemical-free weedkilling by electricides for gardening, horticulture and agriculture.

In recent months they have also supported follow-on rounds in Lightpoint Medical, Osprey Engines, Featurespace, Viewranger and SupaPass. Three other new deals are also in process (in virtual reality, cyber security and contract drug discovery).

In the early years of Cambridge Capital's portfolio development it was about hardware or software, but these days members invest in a wide range of sectors, many of which had not been invented when the group started. This year alone they have invested in agritech, medtech, engineering, biotech, robotics, machine learning, IoT (internet of Things), even legaltech and fashiontech!

The group has invested more than £25m into 100+ start-ups, mainly in the Cambridge cluster, still Europe’s most important B2B centre. Some companies have received £10k from a single member, others have received £1m-2m from a group syndicate. While some portfolio companies have failed due to the high risk nature of investing in start-ups, twelve of their portfolio companies have “exited” profitably over the years, via AIM listings or trade sales, with returns ranging from 2-15X - including four in 2016. The most notable was the $250m sale of the Swiftkey business to Microsoft.

Members of Cambridge Capital Group are private investors and family investment funds drawn from the Cambridge region, London and the Thames Valley as well as international territories such as the Channel Islands and Singapore. They boast a diverse range of sector backgrounds enabling collaboration between group members who co-invest in opportunities that interest them individually.

Cambridge Capital therefore salutes their brave 80+ members who boldly go where no angel group has gone before, supporting the next generation of hi-technology entrepreneurs in the so called Golden Triangle of Cambridge/London/Oxford - to create sustainable wealth and employment for Great Britain!

For further information see www.cambridgecapitalgroup.co.uk

Investors wanting to join our private network may contact the Directors at admin@cambridgecapitalgroup.co.uk

Cambridge Capital Group

The first private angel investment group in Cambridge - investing in technology start-ups across the UK's Golden Triangle of Cambridge, London and Oxford for over 15 years.

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