This represents an early success for the new partnership between Growth Capital Ventures (GCV) and Crowdcube, an extension of GCV’s groundbreaking investment model which allows retail investors from the general public to invest alongside experienced and sophisticated investors and financial institutions.
The success of IF’s fund raising coincides with the Chancellor’s Budget proposals to stimulate investment in high growth businesses by attracting £20bn of new investment.
GCV combined its own expertise in preparing IF for market, its investor network and access to venture capital funds with access to Crowdcube’s own huge army of 440,000 registered members.
Before using the Crowdcube platform to raise a further £135,000, IF - a software-as-a-service business that helps security companies and global businesses manage risk - secured more than £352,000 through GVC’s own online co-investment platform GrowthFunders. This included £150,000 from the £20 million Finance Durham Fund set up by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham, on behalf of Durham County Council. The Fund is managed by Maven Capital Partners, one of the UK’s most active private equity houses and SME finance providers, to support the growth of high potential businesses located in, or looking to relocate to the County.
Michael Vassallo, Investment Director of Maven Capital Partners, said: “We’re delighted to support Intelligence Fusion’s growth plans at this stage in the company’s development. This is a great fit for an investment from the part of the Finance Durham Fund allocated to support innovation and we look forward to helping more companies like them. Michael McCabe and his team are hugely knowledgeable and driven and have demonstrated that there’s a real and growing need for the technology the firm has developed across a wide range of business sectors, and we look forward to working with them in the coming months and years.”
Cllr Carl Marshall, Cabinet member for economic regeneration, said: “We are delighted that the Finance Durham Fund is supporting Intelligence Fusion as it continues to grow and we wish it every success for the future.
“More and more firms are starting up in County Durham, creating jobs and boosting our local economy, and we look forward to supporting other companies which are looking to move here.”
IF, which was set up in 2014, provides an industry leading platform to help security companies and global businesses manage risk and security issues by collecting, analysing and disseminating intelligence. The company will use the funds it has raised through GVC and Crowdcube to enhance its platform with more features to provide global coverage at greater speed, frequency and quality as part of its plans to become a global intelligence leader in five years.
Michael McCabe, Founder and Chief Executive of Intelligence Fusion said: "The support from the team at GCV has been invaluable, particularly throughout our recent raise. The team have been involved across many areas, from helping to prepare for the raise and assisting with technical development and marketing right the way through to strategic guidance. I am deeply thankful for their support and delighted to have them on board as partners as the business continues to move forward."