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Brett Akker worked for Mars before setting up Streetcar and now LOVESPACE

Streetcar co-founder turns to crowdfunding for latest venture

Serial entrepreneur Brett Akker has raised £1.25 million from 229 investors through crowdfunding platform Crowdcube.

In demand product: The ROLI Seaboard GRAND has a waiting list of a year

‘Reimagined’ digital keyboard start-up closes £7.6 million venture capital round

Balderton Capital, Index Ventures and Universal Music are uniting to support the growth and expansion of music technology business ROLI.

David Richards leads WANdisco from its Silicon Valley and Sheffield bases

WANdisco's all in bet on the big data market

As one of the fastest growing companies on London's Alternative Investment Market, WANdisco CEO David Richards tells us what life is like as a public company and why big data offers so many opportunities for success.

Mike Janke founded Silent Circle alongside Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas

Former BT CEO Peter Bonfield joins funding round for Silent Circle

US and UK-based Silent Circle has raised $30 million of fresh institutional capital to grow out its mobile device privacy offering.

M&A on AIM 2014

Mergers and acquisition activity by AIM companies hit a four-year high in 2013, bucking the general UK trend. So far, 2014 has shown a similar buoyancy.

Business mind: Sarah Wood is also part of the Gazelle Group of Entrepreneurs

The viral video magician helping brands connect with consumers

Unruly co-founder and COO Sarah Wood tells GrowthBusiness how she and her team are fusing marketing, advertising and technology to create a leading global 'madtech' company.

The combined digital audio offering will serve 95 customers in 42 countries

AIM-listed UBC Media Group closes reverse takeover through 7digital acquisition

Multimedia content business UBC Media Group has completed a planned division in the company by snapping up 7digital for £16.5 million.

MBA & Company's Daniel Callaghan and Adam Riccoboni are leading the growth

New venture capital round for digital talent marketplace MBA & Company

MBA & Company has returned to its venture capital backers to raise £800,000 of new growth capital.

Having closed a number of sites in 2012, GAME has re-grown its footprint

GAME plays its way out of administration and seeks digital-led growth on stock exchange

High street entertainment retailer GAME has completed its recovery from administration by announcing a move back to the public markets.

Football to business: Alex Ferguson was Manchester United manager for 27 years

Sir Alex Ferguson takes to angel investing and backs fintech start-up Pockit

Technology start-up Pockit has been described as being 'superbly placed' by Sir Alex Ferguson, after the former Manchester United manager joined a £1 million seed funding round for the company.

Public sector: Skyscape works with government bodies such as the Cabinet Office

Government-focused Skyscape Cloud Services gets funds to build on 20 per cent monthly growth

The Business Growth Fund has bolstered the technology element of its investment portfolio by backing Skyscape Cloud Services.

Electric car racing championship drives off with €50 million investment

The series promoters of the new FIA Formula E Championship, featuring teams involving Richard Branson and Leonardo DiCaprio, has closed an institutional funding round raising €50 million.

Prevalent issue: Late payment can be damaging for start-up and growth firms

Satago uses Naval Ravikant's AngelList to close $1 million seed funding round

UK-based Satago has utilised private backers investing through the AngelList platform to raise $1 million of new capital.

Growth fuel: BaseKit and Juan Lobato have now raised $25 million of investment

Former Seedcamp winner BaseKit raises top-up funding round

Website construction start-up BaseKit has raised a second 2014 funding round, taking its total up to $25 million since it founded in 2008.

Licence plan: Storyboard Assets joined the market to grow its illustration business

Storyboard Assets takes action to leave public markets

Children's illustration business Storyboard Assets is about to bring to an end a six-year period of being a public company.

Bitcoin entrepreneur: Tony Gallippi is looking to take his company global

Index Ventures makes first foray into Bitcoin sector

Richard Branson and Ashton Kutcher-backed BitPay has now raised more institutional capital than any other start-up in the space following a latest round worth $30 million.

Amongst TCL's services is landscaping, where it works with firms such as Lovell

Business Growth Fund makes eighth £10 million investment since 2011

Property services business TCL has turned to equity backing to fund a strategy of organic and acquisition-led growth.

Driftrock founder Matt Wheeler has turned to fellow entrepreneurs for backing

Huddle co-founder and Just Giving chairman invest in social ads start-up Driftrock

London-based technology company Driftrock has closed a $1 million funding round led by venture capital firm Forward Partners and bolstered by angel investors.

School services: Education Personnel now places 16,000 candidates a year

Second MBO for Education Personnel as it looks to grow market share of teacher placement

Private equity firm Graphite Capital has sold its stake in Education Personnel after a partnership lasting just under four years.

Target market: Intelligent Office aims its services at the UK legal sector

Management buy-out for Intelligent Office UK backed by YFM Equity Partners

Scotland-based Intelligent Office UK has turned to equity backing to finance a management buy-out led by chief executive Rachel McCorry.

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