Multiverse raises £176m to become latest ed-tech unicorn
Multiverse, the start-up founded by Euan Blair, the son of former prime minister Tony Blair, has raised £176m ($220m) in Series D funding to become Europe’s latest ed-tech unicorn.
Multiverse provides apprenticeship programmes to young, diverse talent without degrees – often from underprivileged ethnic backgrounds – in partnership with employers.
Peptone secures £32m to discover protein drugs
Peptone, a biophysics company focused on protein drug discovery, completed a £32m ($40m) Series A funding round.
Peptone creates an accurate representation of disordered proteins, predicting the best way to target them with drugs. The technology has been tested through partnerships with major pharmaceutical companies.
Digital learning provider makes the grade with £12m funding
BibliU, a provider of digital textbooks and learning content, has raised £12m ($15m) in Series B funding.
London-based BibliU addresses the hidden costs involved in higher education such as textbooks by allowing universities and colleges to digitise course materials.
All existing institutional Series A investors – Stonehage Fleming, Oxford Science Enterprises, Guinness Ventures, and Nesta Impact Investments – participated in the round.
Quantum computing start-up processes £12m
ORCA Computing, a quantum computing company based in London, closed a £12m ($15m) funding round.
ORCA has developed a quantum computing system that can be integrated with applications and technologies to develop future data processing capabilities such as machine learning.
The funding was led by a syndicate of investors including Octopus Ventures, Oxford Science Enterprises, Quantonation, and Verve Ventures. The company also secured significant project-based funding from Innovate UK.
Cannabis distributor supplied with £7.4m funding
A specialist London-based cannabis distributor, Sana Life Science, completed a £7.4m fundraise.
Sana is one of only a handful of licensed medical cannabis distributors in the UK. The business aims to improve the industry’s supply chain and provide much-needed medical cannabis to patients with life-threatening illnesses. The backers of the deal were not disclosed.
HR platform that helps manage remote workers raises further £3m
Leicester-based StaffCircle, an HR software platform which helps firms manage the performance of employees in different locations, has raised a further £3m from existing investors.
The platform enables companies to create staff experiences, maximise productivity by engaging remote employees and build a strong company culture.
Dry cleaning start-up cleans up with £550,000
A Stamford-based start-up has raised £550,000 to install dry-cleaning drop-off points in shopping centres and railway stations.
Peters’ Cleaning allows customers to drop off and collect their dry cleaning at any time by using automated pods. The company currently has two dry cleaning pods in operation – at Peterborough train station and a local shopping centre.
The investment was from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund as part of a syndicate which also included Seedrs, members of Lincolnshire Business Angels and other angels.