Edge Performance VCT – research update

09 February 2012: Alasdair George, manager of the Edge Performance VCT ‘H’ Class discusses the media and entertainment sector and why he thinks it is a suitable investment for VCTs. More information on Venture Capital Trusts visit – bit.ly Important information Please remember, VCTs are higher risk and should only be a consideration for those who can afford to take the risk, their value will fall as well as rise. You should hold them for the long term, but you could still get back less than you invested. Please remember, the value of tax savings will depend on your circumstances and tax rules can change over time.
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Anadigm® Secures $15M In Third Funding Round Led by Atlas Venture. Investment to Fund Business Growth and Further Programmable Analog IC Developments

(PRWEB) October 4, 2003

CAMPBELL, CA (PRWEB)October 2, 2003 — Anadigm®, the programmable analog company, today announced the closing of a new round of financing worth $ 15 million.

This C round of funding, led by Atlas Venture with ongoing investment from 3i, Quester and NIF Ventures, points to Anadigm®’s success in winning market acceptance for its field programmable analog array (FPAA) integrated circuits, which offer an analog equivalent to the digital field programmable gate array (FPGA).

Anadigm® was founded in January 2000 as a spin-off from Motorola. More than 140 customers are designing Anadigm® FPAA technology into their products to provide complex filtering, signal conditioning, and closed loop control functions in consumer audio, industrial, and communications systems.

The company’s product offering combines programmable silicon with easy-to-use software tools that drastically reduce the time needed to design, verify, and bring to market embedded systems with analog interfaces. Anadigm®’s FPAAs are moreover the industry’s first such chips that can adapt on the fly to perform multiple functions, adjust to different environmental and electrical conditions, or compensate for equipment aging.

“Anadigm® offers one of the few analog technologies that is both innovative and disruptive,” said Gerry Montanus, Senior Principal at Atlas Venture. “The recent launch of the company’s Anadigmvortex product line has brought the company industry-wide attention, and demonstrates the market’s readiness for a technology that will reduce the cost of analog circuit design, manufacturing, and innovation. Real-world interfaces are essential to a very wide range of electronic systems, and we are delighted to be part of Anadigm®’s ambitious project of revolutionizing the way they are conceptualized and implemented.”

The funding will be used to continue to expand Anadigm®’s business in all geographical markets and support ongoing product development activities. The investment will also support additional enhancements to the software used to program the company’s Anadigmvortex FPAAs, which remove the complexity from analog design and reduce the time for analog implementations from months to minutes.

“We are excited to be moving forward with the support of these leading venture capital firms. 3i and Quester have been very supportive of the business and were instrumental in bringing in Atlas Venture,” said Bill McLean, Anadigm® President and CEO. “Our FPAA solutions continue to gain traction in the marketplace and customer engagements are validating our technology’s value-add. The investment will allow us to implement the next stage of our product strategy and to further penetrate our target markets.”

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About Atlas Venture

Atlas Venture is the leading international early-stage venture capital firm, investing in communications, information technology and life sciences companies. Atlas Venture has investing offices in Boston, London, Munich and Paris, and its investments are evenly divided between the United States and Europe. Founded in 1980, Atlas Venture has organized six international funds, and currently manages more than $ 2.1 billion in committed capital. The Atlas Venture investment team is comprised of seasoned operating executives and career venture capitalists that have been deeply involved in the formation and development of more than 300 companies worldwide. Visit Atlas Venture on the Web at http://www.atlasventure.com.

About 3i

3i brings capital, knowledge and connections to the creation and development of businesses around the world. It invests in a wide range of opportunities from start-ups to buy-outs and buy-ins, focusing on businesses with high growth potential and strong management. 3i invests in businesses across three continents through local investment teams in Europe, Asia Pacific and the USA. To date, 3i has invested over £15 billion (including co-investment funds). In the 12 months to 31st March 2003 an average of £3.7 million (including co-investment funds) was invested each working day. 3i’s current portfolio is valued at almost £4 billion. http://www.3i.com

About Quester

Quester is one of the UK’s leading independent venture capital groups specialising in the provision of finance and management support for growth companies at all stages of their life. Quester’s focus is on early stage investments in information and communication technology, healthcare and life science companies. With its first rate track record, Quester has earned a reputation as one of the best UK based sources of venture capital. The Quester investment team manages approximately £300 million on behalf of major institutional investors, leading UK universities, and five quoted venture capital trusts. http://www.quester.co.uk.

About NIF

NIF Ventures Co Ltd manages approximately $ 1.5 billion in venture capital funds, and has invested in over 1,400 companies since its establishment in 1982. With offices in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United States, NIF offers worldwide representation. Its primary investment focus is in the information and communications technology industries. http://www.nif.co.jp

About Anadigm®

Anadigm® brings platform-based design to the analog world with pre-qualified software and hardware components that allow complex analog circuits to be implemented in an analog equivalent to the FPGA. Designed to implement signal conditioning, filtering, data acquisition, closed-loop control, and other analog functions in a wide range of embedded systems, Anadigm® FPAAs are first programmable analog ICs that can adapt on the fly to perform multiple functions, adjust to different environmental conditions, or compensate for equipment aging. Founded in January 2000 as a venture-backed technology spin-off from Motorola, Anadigm® maintains U.S. headquarters in Campbell, Calif., and European headquarters in Crewe, U.K. For further information, visit Anadigm® on the Web at http://www.anadigm.com.

Anadigm® and AnadigmDesigner® are registered trademarks of Anadigm®. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.



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Episode 117 – Advanced Investing II: Enterprise Investment Schemes

Moving on to EIS’s now. These are similar to the Venture Capital Trusts we talked about last time, but have even more tax benefits, as long as you are happy to accept that the quid pro quo is higher risk of loss.
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Anadigm® Secures $15M In Third Funding Round Led by Atlas Venture Investment to Fund Business Growth and Further Programmable Analog IC Developments

(PRWEB) October 4, 2003

CAMPBELL, CA (PRWEB) October 2, 2003 — Anadigm®, the programmable analog company, today announced the closing of a new round of financing worth $ 15 million.

This C round of funding, led by Atlas Venture with ongoing investment from 3i, Quester and NIF Ventures, points to Anadigm®’s success in winning market acceptance for its field programmable analog array (FPAA) integrated circuits, which offer an analog equivalent to the digital field programmable gate array (FPGA).

Anadigm® was founded in January 2000 as a spin-off from Motorola. More than 140 customers are designing Anadigm® FPAA technology into their products to provide complex filtering, signal conditioning, and closed loop control functions in consumer audio, industrial, and communications systems.

The company’s product offering combines programmable silicon with easy-to-use software tools that drastically reduce the time needed to design, verify, and bring to market embedded systems with analog interfaces. Anadigm®’s FPAAs are moreover the industry’s first such chips that can adapt on the fly to perform multiple functions, adjust to different environmental and electrical conditions, or compensate for equipment aging.

“Anadigm® offers one of the few analog technologies that is both innovative and disruptive,” said Gerry Montanus, Senior Principal at Atlas Venture. “The recent launch of the company’s Anadigmvortex product line has brought the company industry-wide attention, and demonstrates the market’s readiness for a technology that will reduce the cost of analog circuit design, manufacturing, and innovation. Real-world interfaces are essential to a very wide range of electronic systems, and we are delighted to be part of Anadigm®’s ambitious project of revolutionizing the way they are conceptualized and implemented.”

The funding will be used to continue to expand Anadigm®’s business in all geographical markets and support ongoing product development activities. The investment will also support additional enhancements to the software used to program the company’s Anadigmvortex FPAAs, which remove the complexity from analog design and reduce the time for analog implementations from months to minutes.

“We are excited to be moving forward with the support of these leading venture capital firms. 3i and Quester have been very supportive of the business and were instrumental in bringing in Atlas Venture,” said Bill McLean, Anadigm® President and CEO. “Our FPAA solutions continue to gain traction in the marketplace and customer engagements are validating our technology’s value-add. The investment will allow us to implement the next stage of our product strategy and to further penetrate our target markets.”

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About Atlas Venture

Atlas Venture is the leading international early-stage venture capital firm, investing in communications, information technology and life sciences companies. Atlas Venture has investing offices in Boston, London, Munich and Paris, and its investments are evenly divided between the United States and Europe. Founded in 1980, Atlas Venture has organized six international funds, and currently manages more than $ 2.1 billion in committed capital. The Atlas Venture investment team is comprised of seasoned operating executives and career venture capitalists that have been deeply involved in the formation and development of more than 300 companies worldwide. Visit Atlas Venture on the Web at http://www.atlasventure.com.

About 3i

3i brings capital, knowledge and connections to the creation and development of businesses around the world. It invests in a wide range of opportunities from start-ups to buy-outs and buy-ins, focusing on businesses with high growth potential and strong management. 3i invests in businesses across three continents through local investment teams in Europe, Asia Pacific and the USA. To date, 3i has invested over £15 billion (including co-investment funds). In the 12 months to 31st March 2003 an average of £3.7 million (including co-investment funds) was invested each working day. 3i’s current portfolio is valued at almost £4 billion. http://www.3i.com

About Quester

Quester is one of the UK’s leading independent venture capital groups specialising in the provision of finance and management support for growth companies at all stages of their life. Quester’s focus is on early stage investments in information and communication technology, healthcare and life science companies. With its first rate track record, Quester has earned a reputation as one of the best UK based sources of venture capital. The Quester investment team manages approximately £300 million on behalf of major institutional investors, leading UK universities, and five quoted venture capital trusts. http://www.quester.co.uk.

About NIF

NIF Ventures Co Ltd manages approximately $ 1.5 billion in venture capital funds, and has invested in over 1,400 companies since its establishment in 1982. With offices in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and the United States, NIF offers worldwide representation. Its primary investment focus is in the information and communications technology industries. http://www.nif.co.jp

About Anadigm®

Anadigm® brings platform-based design to the analog world with pre-qualified software and hardware components that allow complex analog circuits to be implemented in an analog equivalent to the FPGA. Designed to implement signal conditioning, filtering, data acquisition, closed-loop control, and other analog functions in a wide range of embedded systems, Anadigm® FPAAs are first programmable analog ICs that can adapt on the fly to perform multiple functions, adjust to different environmental conditions, or compensate for equipment aging. Founded in January 2000 as a venture-backed technology spin-off from Motorola, Anadigm® maintains U.S. headquarters in Campbell, Calif., and European headquarters in Crewe, U.K. For further information, visit Anadigm® on the Web at http://www.anadigm.com.

Anadigm® and AnadigmDesigner® are registered trademarks of Anadigm®. All other trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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New Funding Option Opens Up for London Businesses

(PRWEB) October 16, 2005

London-based management consultancy, Onset management Ltd, has become the gateway into a new capital market opened up by recent changes to financial regulations by HM Treasury. The changes allow the free flow of information between capital-starved early-stage businesses, and the successful entrepreneurs who want to invest in them. Onset management acts as the quality control over business plans and assists in preparing fund-seeking clients for the due diligence which is always conducted by investors. They then post the investment opportunity to the Development Capital Exchange (DCX) through which incoming inquiries from prospective investors are taken.

Simon Paul, Director of Onset Management said, We see the new early-stage investment market as a superb opportunity to widen our service to clients. We are now in a position to assist aspiring entrepreneurs and, even, established businesses raise informal equity funding, instead of having to rely on debt. This is an activity thats been popularized by the BBCs Dragons Den programme, although I have to point out that the real-world Dragons Den which we work in is far removed from the entertainment we see on the television.

The early-stage investment market enables successful entrepreneurs to off-set their capital gains liabilities through exploiting the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs). For fund-seekers, the investor will usually join the company as a director and contribute not only his capital but priceless business experience to the growing enterprise. It is estimated that there are between 20,000 and 50,000 early-stage businesses seeking funding and as many as 150,000 entrepreneurs who want to invest in them at any one time across the UK.

Funding deals range between

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Projects fuel interest in renewable returns

Projects fuel interest in renewable returns
Others argue that diversifying across a range of projects, via a managed fund or venture capital trust, is a safer way to capture the growth potential. “In most cases, private investors should gain exposure to the renewable and sustainable sector …
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Venture capital access at risk – Today's small business news roundup
Small firms' access to venture capital could be under threat thanks to new measures introduced in the Finance Bill. Under new rules tax breaks on venture capital trust investment could be scrapped. [FT] The cost of sending packages by Royal Mail will …
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Overture Technologies Closes $6 Million Series C Funding Led by Capital Trust Ventures


Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) December 19, 2008

Overture Technologies, the leading provider of decisioning software solutions that enable transparent, accurate and responsive lending processes, announced it has closed $ 6 million in Series C funding led by Capital Trust Ventures with continuing participation from CNF Investments, New Markets Growth Fund and other existing investors. Financing will be used to support market expansion to meet urgent and increasing demand for the company’s financial decisioning solutions serving the mortgage and education lending industries. In conjunction with the funding, Tim Meyers, Managing Partner at Capital Trust Ventures, has joined Overture’s board of directors.

“Today’s mortgage and student loan industries require consistent application of complex lending and pricing guidelines and thorough evaluation of ever-changing risk and asset valuation data to meet current and future regulatory requirements,” said Bill Kelvie, CEO, Overture Technologies. “This growth funding from experienced investors during a challenging time further validates our approach and will help us accelerate our reach for the markets we serve.”

Overture enables market efficiency and improves risk management in underwriting, pricing, servicing and valuing mortgage loans and assets with its Mozart suite of solutions, industry-leading automated decisioning software for originations and acquisitions, servicing, secondary marketing and the capital markets. In addition to Overture’s advanced FHA lending decisioning capabilities, its groundbreaking solution uses rules-driven decisioning for loan modifications to keep borrowers in their homes.
Overture’s education finance solutions empower colleges and universities, lenders, guarantors and other service providers to help students intelligently navigate the process of funding their education with Conductor, the leading online financial aid portal, the Student Loan Marketplace loan comparison tool and Amadeus, the premier student loan pricing and underwriting solution.
“Overture is providing business rules management systems for lending processes that can restore confidence in the credit markets and prevent the current crises in mortgage and education lending from happening again,” said Tim Meyers, Managing Partner, Capital Trust Ventures. “We’re pleased to invest in a company led by industry veterans and technology thought leaders who are enabling greater accuracy, transparency and efficiency for this significant and essential segment of the financial services sector.”

About Capital Trust Ventures:

Capital Trust Ventures provides growth-stage venture capital financing for information technology companies. We work closely to form a strong partnership with proven entrepreneurial leaders with the vision and spirit to build market-leading companies, help them to achieve scale and exit successfully. Our team of partners has extensive investing and entrepreneurial experience in multiple sectors including application software, emerging technologies, vertical software, new media, internet content, e-commerce and infrastructure software. Capital Trust Ventures is a member of the Capital Trust Group, a leading private equity and advisory firm. For additional information, visit http://www.capitaltrustventures.com.

About Overture Technologies:

Founded in 2000, Overture Technologies is the leading provider of decisioning software solutions that enable transparent, accurate and responsive lending processes for the mortgage and higher education lending industries. Overture’s customers are dedicated to providing superior mortgage underwriting, servicing and securitization services and to increasing students’ access to higher education financing alternatives. Overture’s leadership team applies decades of experience from leading financial services and technology firms including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Goldman Sachs, IBM and KPMG to help our customers achieve their goals. For further information, call (301) 492-2155 or visit http://www.overturecorp.com.

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Venture Capital Trusts – The Impact Of The UK Budget – Commentary

Venture Capital Trusts – The Impact Of The UK Budget – Commentary
Editor's note: Following last week's annual UK budget by finance minister George Osborne, Albion Ventures, an investment firm, gives its views on changes made to Venture Capital Trusts – structures that have been a feature of the market in recent years …
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Blackstone Group's Goodman, Pension Benefit Guaranty's Gotbaum, and Loomis
… Equity Blackstone Group Real Estate Investment Trust Cohen & Steers Venture Capital Sequoia Capital Please visit the awards website for additional information: usinvestmentawards.com About Institutional Investor magazine Now in its fifth decade, …
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British Smaller Companies VCTs – update

British Smaller Companies VCTs - update

YFM manage the British Smaller Companies VCTs. David Hall, Managing Director, explains the benefits of their investment strategy and new VCT offer. More information on Venture Capital Trusts visit – bit.ly Important information Please remember, VCTs are higher risk and should only be a consideration for those who can afford to take the risk, their value will fall as well as rise. You should hold them for the long term, but you could still get back less than you invested. Please remember, the value of tax savings will depend on your circumstances and tax rules can change over time.
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Invested Central Chart of the Day 11.5.10

For more information, please visit our website at www.investedcentral.com The Dow Jones US Financial Index measures the performance of the financial sector of the US equity market. Component companies include banks; insurance companies and brokers; real estate companies, including REITs, real estate holding and development companies, and real estate services companies; financial services companies, including asset managers, consumer finance companies, specialty finance companies, investment services providers, mortgage finance providers, corporate closed-end investment entities such as investment trusts and venture capital trusts; and non-corporate, open-ended investment instruments such as open-ended investment companies and funds, unit trusts, ETFs, currency funds and split capital trusts. Strength in financials usually translates into overall strength in the US stock market. On Thursday, the Dow Jones US Financial Index broke out above 271 resistance after that level had held on several occasions. Multiple failures makes a breakout that much more meaningful when it finally occurs. Overall market volume was very heavy and that adds to the short-term bullishness. We’d expect financials to act much better on a relative basis now that this breakout has taken place. Watch the 271 level as critical near-term support now.
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