BPEC’s £611k investment to accelerate growth at four Bristol tech firms

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Four Bristol technology companies are eyeing growth following significant cash injections totalling £3m with £611,000 coming from the Bristol Private Equity Club (BPEC).

Bristol Private Equity Club is a group of like-minded individuals with close ties to Bristol willing and able to invest in local businesses as well as support them with a range of skills and experience.

The four technology businesses had all previously received investment from BPEC so this was the second round of funding.

Inductosense, based in Albert Road, which manufactures wireless, battery-free sensors for detecting cracks, corrosion, and defects in structures or products, received £210,000 from BPEC out of a total round of £1.5 million investment. They had previously received £217,000 in 2017 from BPEC.

Henleaze-based Azul Optics, which is developing a device enabling eye health professionals to rapidly assess eye health, received £132,000 from BPEC out of a total of £300,000. In 2016 they had received £160,000 to support development.

Wriggle, found in King Street, which uses technology to help people find local food and drink deals, received £154,000 out of a total round of £650,000. They previously received £155,000 from the Club in 2017.

St Nicholas Street-based Limber, an app that promotes flexible working in the employment sector, received £115,000 out of a total of £200,000. In 2017 they received a first investment of £150,000.

Jerry Barnes, founding member of BPEC, said the latest round of investments demonstrate the group’s commitment to Bristol’s burgeoning tech scene and support for its start-up culture.

“Bristol has always been a desirable location for people and businesses alike, and over the last 10 years or so it has carved itself a reputation as one of the premier locations outside London for tech companies to base themselves,” he said.

“As an organisation BPEC is focused on investing in those companies with the potential to scale up rapidly with our support and continue to generate employment, wealth and other opportunities right here in Bristol.”

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