Richard will be giving a paper on ‘Routes to Funding’ next Friday. Alpha Version’s annual event for tech ventures in the software, digital media, consumer applications and Web 2.0 space.

The event offers the opportunity to meet some of the most active investors in UK, hear their thoughts on the investments they are looking for and discuss your plans with them over lunch. Other participants include:

Oscar Jazdowski: Head of origination, Silicon Valley Bank UK

Kevin Douglas, Partner, Antrak Capital

Dan Somers: Partner, Boundary Capital

Tickets are available from the Alphatech website.

Date: Friday 14th October

12 Henrietta Street
Covent Garden
WC2E 8LH London

Weymouth launch of GreenMotion charging stations

Stewart McKee, Green Motion managing director (far right), watches on as Councillor Peter Finney MBE, the portfolio holder for Dorset Highways and Transportation, opens the authority’s new Green Motion electric vehicle charging stations, in Weymouth.


Catalyst Venture Partners (CVP) has signed an exclusive agreement to advise Green Motion (UK) Limited on its entry into the rapidly growing UK market for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Richard Turner, CVP managing partner says: ‘The move to electric transport is now well underway. For widely documented reasons of dwindling oil reserves, desire for cleaner cities and future energy security, electric car charging infrastructure is becoming a mainstream mass market.

‘In addition to massive scale, the market is a cross roads for hardware installation, software applications and smart energy management. Green Motion has brought together a uniquely talented team and proven technology to fully exploit the commercial opportunity. This is a great moment to participate directly in the energy revolution.’

In 2011/12 major car brands such as Nissan, PSA, Citroen, Mitsubishi, Renault, Ford, Toyota and VW are all launching affordable electric vehicles, which is driving municipal and private sector growth in charging infrastructure investment. By 2015 there will be 100,000 recharging stations fuelling 300,000 electric vehicles in the UK.

Green Motion has developed a new generation of charging post infrastructure, which paves the way for many innovative and essential carbon reducing technologies. Fully GSM networked and powered up with more enabling microprocessor technology than a PC, the Green Motion devices have the unique distinction of being the only UK charging points to connect electric cars directly with renewable electricity, from wind and solar sources, giving electric car owners the ultimate green credentials.

The same technology also sets up vehicle to grid load balancing and micro generation ‘feed–in’, which allows energy generators to rely more on renewable alternatives without risk of supply interruption.

Green Motion has invested £500,000 into a two-year product development programme with a key focus on energy and mobility. Green Motion smart charging networks are presently operating in several locations in Switzerland, including Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) – one of Europe’s leading technology institutions.

Green Motion (UK) Limited has exclusive technology IP, manufacturing and management expertise. Having established its credentials by winning a prestigious contract to install infrastructure to support the 2012 Olympic sailing event in Weymouth, the company is looking for investment to quickly scale up its UK operations.


For further information contact Rosie Bennett at Catalyst Venture Partners on 01225 331498 or email rb@catvp.com

About Green Motion: http://www.green-motion.co.uk

GreenMotion is an independent electronic device manufacturing, integration, and software development company. Its vision is to encourage the use of clean energy sources, by becoming Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations. The company also has exclusive partnership agreements with innovative electricity retailer Green Energy (UK) Plc and energy management software specialists Smart Grid Technologies Limited.


Catalyst is pleased to announce a partnership with a Japanese based financial group that is able to create structures to raise new loan funds for business projects in the UK.

The Japanese / UK consortium offers the opportunity for private and professional investors in Asia to participate in, and benefit from, the development of new projects and the expansion of existing businesses in the UK and mainland Europe.

The deal comes after a concerted effort on Catalyst’s part to find new sources of capital finance for UK growth companies that are struggling in the current economic climate to access traditional sources of loan finance from banks and other institutions.

Richard Turner from Catalyst Venture Partners said of the deal; “Raising funding to support business growth and development of companies in UK and Europe has never been harder. By tapping into Asia, one of the biggest investment markets in the world, we are able to substantially increase the flow of funds and finance companies and projects that would otherwise not get financed.”

The minimum size of Bond is £2.5m. There is no maximum.

The key point about the financial structures created are:

• Effectively they are a type of bond, therefore fund raising involves no equity dilution;
• The Bond is secured against the company not individual assets;
• interest rate of between 8.5% and 11% paid quarterly in arrears;
• Loan repayment at the end of five years or sooner;

We will consider companies from any sector but specifically interested in:

• Energy including Solar and Wind;
• Recycling;
• Property development and infrastructure;
• Finance;
• Media, Healthcare, and Technology companies with a strong trading history.

Companies must be able to demonstrate:

• Strong corporate governance
• Good management team
• Trading history
• Strong financials
• Profitability

For more information please contact Richard Turner on 01225 331498.



Oil StudiosOil Studios has become part of the portfolio of Catalyst Venture Partners.

Oil Studios is an award winning digital media company spun out from Oil Productions Ltd. The Hoxton based company has created a software technology that enables intellectual property such as a product brand, TV programme, a book, or any “big” concept to be exploited and monetised across different platforms such as TV, Online and Mobile.

Oil’s market space is at the cutting edge of digital media convergence where social media meets games; entertainment meets interaction; TV meets iPhone apps and multi-player on-line games.

Oil’s formats have to date been funded by broadcasters and brands. ‘Routes’ won the equivalent of a digital ‘Oscar’ from the British Internet and Multimedia Association for ‘cross-platform’, funded by Channel4 and the Wellcome Trust.

Andy Chambers, the COO of Oil Studios, said: “We are very pleased to have Catalyst as our strategic and funding partner. We have some busy months ahead and some great projects in the pipeline.”

Richard Turner of Catalyst Venture Partners commenting on the deal said ” Oil Studios is one of the most exciting digital media companies we have seen. Led by a dynamic and creative team, the Studios have huge growth potential. We will be seeking further funding for Oil when the timing is right.

For more information contact Richard Turner on 01225 331498.

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