Envestors ‘The Network for Sophisticated Investors’ Spring 2018 Magazine



19 February 2018

New Year, New Faces, New Opportunities

2017 finished with the fantastic news that CHARGEMASTER is anticipating an IPO in June for a rumoured £170m. ENVESTORS introduced, through several funding rounds, £15.3m from members of the ENVESTORS Private Investment Network, all of whom can anticipate sizeable returns. We are absolutely delighted at their success.

Breaking the China market was one of the biggest focuses of the year and culminated in the ONE BELT, ONE ROADSHOW in November (see the article on page 17). Through our partnership with The China Business Council, the construction of the so-called ‘investment bridge’ continues at an impressive rate and we have secured very strong funding intent for our tech companies SOLARIS, ZAP&GO and ANCON. The next roadshow is planned for April 2018: watch this space.

We predict the focus this year will – at last – be considerably greener than in past years. Our latest signings reflect the move towards a healthier lifestyle with an emphasis on the environment. The tech sector maintains its astonishing rate of growth and the potential for AI is limitless, particularly in the MedTech sector. It is already showing some impressive capabilities having reached clinical levels of competence for some diagnostic tasks, such as skin cancer and diabetic retinopathy.

As a result, the potential prize for AI companies is particularly big: the last few years have seen enormous investment in healthcare from Google, Apple and venture capital funds, all aiming to be the leader in this area.

ENVESTRYTM, our white labelled investment platform, continues to thrive and now has 69 licensees – we have recently welcomed Stakeholderz, Prime Advantage and The Recruitment Network – and over 7,000 registered investors.

Clearly 2017 was a tough investment year for a whole host of macro, economic and political factors. The positive outcome of the Budget, however, and with the full endorsement of EIS by the government, we are well set for a much more active and prosperous 2018.

Onwards and upwards!

Oliver, Scott and Nick

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