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A new Accelerator programme launched by entrepreneur and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw, James Caan, is offering first class business support and access to multi-million pound funding for the UK’s most innovative green entrepreneurs.

The Berti Green Accelerator programme, supported by James Caan’s Hamilton Bradshaw Impact Partners (HBIP), is searching for three successful low carbon businesses to award six months of first-class business support from HBIP and the opportunity to receive funding of up to £1million each from Berti Investments.

Whilst UK economic growth has substantially slowed since 2008, venture capital investment into the UK’s cleantech sector increased in 2011 for the sixth year in a row, to over £350million. With considerable work still to be done to reach 2020 carbon reduction targets, significant opportunities lie ahead for green entrepreneurs.

Berti Investments believes the low carbon sector can drive impactful growth that serves a triple bottom line: profit, people and planet, but green entrepreneurs need access to the right kind of business support and finance in order for this to happen.

The Berti Green Accelerator programme is open to any conceptually good, low carbon UK business with growth potential and a proof of concept. The three successful businesses will have to demonstrate that their business aims to tackle climate change by sustainably reducing carbon emissions.

James Caan, founder and CEO of Hamilton Bradshaw said:
“The Berti Green Accelerator programme has been developed by Berti Investments and HBIP following a shared commitment to making a difference through impact investing. The programme combines my desire to seek out and support potential high growth businesses with my interest in impact investing.

“The impact investing market place is growing, but many entrepreneurs struggle to become investment ready due to lack of experience or knowledge about certain aspects of their business, such as financial or operational know-how. The Berti Green Accelerator programme tackles this by blending bespoke business support with access to capital. It’s what we call intelligent capital.”

Jeremy Leggett, Berti Green Accelerator judge and founder and Chairman of Solarcentury said:
“Renewable and energy efficiency technologies will have to replace fossil fuels far faster than most people currently anticipate. In the UK, we have the potential to source all of our primary energy from renewables, such and solar photovolatics, wind and marine technologies, but to do this we need an explosive growth in all renewable and energy efficient technology markets.

“The UK needs fast-growing domestic renewable energy businesses more than ever, and programmes like the Berti Green Accelerator, that provide investment and support for cleantech businesses, are vital for encouraging growth and stimulating this sector.”

Applications for the fund are now open with a closing date of 17th April 2012. Shortlisted candidates will pitch to a Dragons’ Den style panel of judges including James Caan, Jeremy Leggett (Founder and Chairman of Solarcentury), Michael Liebreich (Founder and Chief Executiveof Bloomberg New Energy Finance) and Jacques Tredoux (Berti Investments).

1
Mar

New low cost quick charge unit launches at the Geneva Motor Show

A supply agreement between Nissan and Green Motion will see Nissan’s new rapid charging technology, which can power up an electric vehicle in under 30 minutes, sold in the UK and Europe under the Green Motion brand.

The agreement will speed up the installation of thousands of ChadeMo quick charging stations in theUK, making it one of Europe’s most electric-car-friendly nations.

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 cars have now entered mainstream mass markets.

The agreement between Nissan and Green Motion brings together unique software and hardware technologies that are vital to the emergence of quick charging in the public space.

Green Motion has developed the software that makes charging devices ‘smart’, enabling networks to connect, validate usage and transact revenues. This is essential in order to deliver necessary commercial ROI viability to the private sector corporations, supermarkets, filling stations, motorway services and city parking lots that will seek profit from their operation. It is anticipated that up to 90 per cent of investment intoUKelectric vehicle charging infrastructure will be from the private sector and will therefore need to be revenue-generating. Only the first ten per cent will come from public funds.

Nissan’s newChadeMoDCquick charging hardware is also game changing. Until now quick charging devices and their installation were too expensive for widespread use.  However, reducing size, complexity and by manufacturing in high volume, Nissan has brought prices to within half the cost of competitive units.

The move to quick charging is widely seen as the tipping point for electric cars sales. In order to secure early agreement on technical and safety issues across all new electric vehicle platforms, OEM manufacturers and suppliers formed a 165 member strong association. The work of the CHAdeMO Association (meaning ‘charge on the go’) has now delivered the single rapid charging protocol that underpins the necessary infrastructure roll out.

About Green Motion – GreenMotion develops and manufactures charging stations, core electronics and a suite of online software management tools, designed for charging station operators and owners of electric vehicles. The company began in January 2009 in Lausanne,Switzerland and has since expanded its operations acrossEurope. The company has manufacturing, installation, servicing and sales operations in theUK.

 

For more information please contact Stewart Mckee, managing director, Green Motion (UK) Limited.

 

Tel: +44 (0) 84 53 01 76 80/mobile: +44 (0) 78 80 89 84 99.

Email: stewart@green-motion.co.uk

 


13
Dec

OCMlogoSamsungSeoul, Korea / London, United Kingdom, 6th December 2011 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced the successful development and release of OCM Internationals’ embedded print and cost management software – OCM XCM Business Solutions, which is available for Samsung’s A3 and A4 compatible devices.

OCM International specialises in bespoke end-to-end output cost management business solutions. Using Samsung’s flexible and powerful eXtensible Open Architecture (XOA) platform combined with OCM’s innovative Web Based Device Management software, OCM XCM Business Solutions was developed and launched as an embedded, user-friendly document output and cost management solution.

By having access to OCM XCM’s flagship document auditing suite, users can employ full cost recovery including the ability to bill back all document output printing, copying and scanning which can help an organisation to operate more efficiently, maximise device utilisation while providing additional management control such as ‘follow me’ secure print.

In today’s compelled ‘technology road map’, maintaining control of resource usage and costs is a constant challenge. By utilising OCM XCM Business Solutions Samsung’s end users will regain control and transparency against assigned values for all document workflow; printing, copying, faxing and scanning.

“As a leading software development company OCM International understands the importance of keeping ahead of the IT technology curve. OCM is committed to bringing to Samsung  innovative software solutions and applications that provide a convenient interface to third party applications, offering Samsung users a complete turnkey solution” said Peter O’ Farrelly, Chief Executive Officer of OCM International.

OCM XCM Business Solutions helps users to recognise the full cost management returns, operating seamlessly within the powerful Samsung XOA MFD’s. The OCM XCM management solution transforms the Samsung’s A4 and A3 XOA multi-function product range into a hub of an adaptive infrastructure; accurate cost management, secure print with mobile secure print release and broad-based fleet management throughout an entire organisation whether it is in SME, enterprise or public sector.

OCM is committed to bringing to market innovative, top-quality software products, solutions and applications (apps) which meet current and future customer demand, by integrating OCM’s web based central device server and working with members of the OCM partner program, Samsung can easily provide a complete end-to-end MFD / Workflow solution to their customers.

“We are totally committed to our research & development and bringing added value to our clients” said Mr. Sangjae Eom, Vice President of the B2B Marketing Group, IT Solutions Business, Samsung Electronics. “The integration of OCM’s XCM cost management solution into our MultiXpress product range will enable our sales channel to deliver a comprehensive end-to-end cost effective business solution”.

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About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.

About OCM International

OCM International Limited, founded in London, United Kingdom, is an information technology company who specialise in developing and delivering document output management, cost recovery and secure print solutions. OCM’s technology allows clients to control who prints what, when and where. OCM’s focus is on its clients and creating partnerships, ensuring every effort is made to provide client service excellence. It is this blend of expertise and motivation that is the driving force of our success.

For more information on OCM’s applications for XOA, please visit www.ocmplc.com/samsung-strategic.html or email samsung@ocmplc.com.

 

22
Nov

Innovative software solutions company joins Catalyst Venture Partners’ Growth Programme to accelerate expansion opportunities within the print tracking and management market.

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Press Release: 22 November 2011

OCM is an international company specialising in the tracking of printer usage. By offering an innovative approach to document workflow and output software solutions, OCM allows clients to control who prints what, when and where.For some companies this can mean a saving of up to 10%  of its print costs.

According to analyst sources, the cost of supplies used to print a single black-and-white page averages five cents per page. In a company that prints 250,000 pages per day, the costs of supplies alone can total €3.2 million per year.

In addition, output equipment fleets (copiers, printers, facsimiles, scanners and associated supplies) continue to be one of the most under managed and costly assets within many companies, resulting in lost profit of approximately one per cent to three per cent per year.

OCM Director Mr Peter O’Farrelly comments; “In today’s business climate the need to optimise the usage of key applications and hardware within all types of business – is critical whether they are a  large global enterprise or a small/medium local business. Organisations are now looking at ways of improving processes and how they can make the most of their resources. Increasing scrutiny within document intensive processes, security access and cost has led us to develop complete integrated solutions rather than single point products.”

O’Farrelly continues; “Our focus is on our clients, ensuring every effort is made to provide client service excellence. It is this blend of expertise and motivation that is the driving force of our success”

Since its inception as a softwere company in 2006, OCM has grown year on year to become one of the leading global solutions providers in this market space with annual revenues of £275K. Both manufacturers and resellers are looking for increased productivity of their billing departments through reduced manual data collection, improved cash flow and competitive advantage. OCM already has a number of strategic partnerships in place that include industry leader Sharp Electronics, as well as a deal pending with Samsung.

Richard Turner, CEO of Catalyst Venture Partners comments; “OCM are able to offer a unique proposition to the marketplace. With an innovative software offering, partnerships with industry leaders and an addressable market of $500 million, OCM are in an excellent position to accelerate their growth. The team are hugely experienced and are offering an innovative approach. We are extremely pleased that OCM have joined our Growth Programme and are looking forward to working with them.”

 

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

About OCM: http://ocmplc.com/

OCM is an International Company founded in London, United Kingdom; OCM is a company of dedicated professionals who provide a complete range of software solutions and professional services. Our company employs an experienced team of highly qualified and motivated individuals who strive to provide a high level of service. OCM keeps abreast of new trends, policies and procedures.. Since its conception, and in association with its partners, OCM has grown to become a global solutions provider with locations throughout Europe, Australia and America providing tailored solutions and cost savings across all market sectors.

About Catalyst Venture Partners: http://catvp.com

Catalyst Venture Partners are a corporate finance and fast growth advisory firm specialising in the health, environmental, media and telecoms sectors. Catalyst works with ambitious and entrepreneurial led companies who are at the early and expansion stage of their development.   Whether you are a growing company, seeking development funding or advice, looking for a loan or planning to buy your company, Catalyst can help you turn ambition into reality. We do this by: providing an independent assessment of strategic and commercial focus, assessing the competitive advantage of the proposition, introducing commercial partners, creating a sound financial structure, identifying and negotiating with providers of finance and helping strengthen the management team by recruiting key staff and investor directors.

 

 

11
Oct

IPL joins forces with Catalyst Venture Partners to provide a leg up to early stage IT companies

Catalyst IPL Partner ProgrammeNew partnership between corporate finance advisors and IT services company provides young software companies with combined investment and research & development assistance to boost business growth.
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Press Release 11 October 2011: IPL, an IT services company specialising in business intelligence and information management, has partnered with corporate finance advisers Catalyst Venture Partners to provide businesses with a combined investment and software development proposition that is specifically designed to help small technology businesses enter new markets and accelerate their growth.

Catalyst Venture Partners provides early stage technology businesses with development funding, commercial expertise and consultancy in order to help grow the businesses into highly successful operations. The partnership with IPL will mean that once an organisation is identified that has a strong proposition and concept, the IT services company, with extensive software development expertise, can be brought in to help define, drive and deliver the development of the software product or portfolio.

Richard Turner, CEO at Catalyst Venture Partners, comments, “There are plenty of businesses in the UK SME technology market that have excellent propositions and the potential to radically change their respective markets, but simply investing in them is not enough to help them realise that potential. Often, technical guidance is required on the best ways to develop the software and the practical requirements of bringing the product to market. We therefore needed to partner with an organisation that could offer reliable direction and assistance, no matter what the technology or industry sector.”

Turner continues, “We chose to partner with IPL because of their broad experience and success in multiple vertical markets and in high-profile and demanding projects, including for the public sector, defence & aerospace and telecoms. We had to be certain that if we were going to invest time and money into these organisations, we could be confident that the IT services partner who we entrusted with guiding the software development would be able to deliver success. IPL’s highly impressive track record with so many varied projects meant that trust became thoroughly implicit.”

Shaun Davey, CEO at IPL, comments, “IPL as a business has an enviable reputation of success in high profile projects and in the development of new products to enhance our clients’ portfolios. However, it was important to us to show that we are not solely focused on blue chip companies or large public sector departments, but are equally interested in and equipped to help smaller organisations with their software and product development. Joining forces with corporate finance advisors such as Catalyst Venture Partners, especially considering their history of working with technology companies in their early stages, allows us to approach SMEs that have ambitious ideas for their own organisations and their markets and use our broad expertise to help them achieve those goals.”

The new partnership is open to UK B2B or B2C entrepreneurial technology start-ups, or companies with proven propositions, in any sector. Following successful application for funding, IPL and Catalyst will work together with the partner organisation to develop the software prototype, test the final product and ensure its market feasibility so that the new products can be profitably launched to the target market.

Turner concludes, “Securing investment from third parties has been notoriously difficult in the current economic climate, meaning that we have had to create inventive ways to make investments more secure and less risky. Technology companies in the UK that aspire to lead their markets but lack the expertise with which to develop – both from a technical and commercial stance – are now able to take advantage of a funding package that brings with it proven exceptional practical benefits.”
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About IPL: www.ipl.com

IPL – Information Processing Limited – is a software development and consultancy company, established in 1979, based in Bath and has 260 employees.

IPL prides itself on its professional and reliable approach to software development, delivering ‘right first time’ solutions which significantly reduce Total Cost of Ownership.

IPL’s quality, environmental and information security management systems are certificated to ISO 9001/TickIT, 14001 and 27001.

IPL provides enterprise level solutions for major industry sectors including aerospace and defence, banking and finance, emergency services, government, telecoms and media.  IPL’s clients include Nationwide, BT, ITV, Thales and Sony.

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Sep
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.


2
Feb

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Catalyst has successfully advised accelerator member EVRS Ltd on the
completion of £600,000 “series A” financing provided by a group of private
investors.
EVRS has developed a new approach to waste recycling. The EVRS
approach combines a well understood hydrolysis process with proprietary
additives and catalysts to rapidly convert all organic matter into pure cellulose. (more…)

2
Feb

Jeremy LawrenceLocal company steps in to support businesses left high and dry by the banks.

Catalyst IFG  is offering a new financial product that aims to fill the financial vacuum left by the banks in the wake of the credit crunch. It’s invoice discounting Jim, but not as we know it!

Unlike the traditional debt-factoring model, IFG buys individual invoices or groups of invoices in one-off transactions. This provides an exceptionally fast, flexible and cost effective way of bringing money into cash-starved businesses. The service is fast and clients only use and pay for what they actually need. Because IFG buys individual invoices (rather than the whole book of debtors) its main concern is that those invoices will get paid. This means it can look at propositions which banks would find much too risky. (more…)

2
Mar

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Catalyst Venture Partners Advises Tangram Leisure Ltd on £2.3 million equity
fundraising for the construction of “thelifehouse” health spa
Catalyst has successfully advised Tangram Leisure on the completion of a
£2.3m equity fundraising provided by Hotbed as part of a £26 million total
fundraising to construct a 200 bed, 90 treatment room, residential health spa. (more…)

2
Dec

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Catalyst UK and Singapore based iAxil, the venture accelerator arm of Asian
conglomerate Ascendas, have joined forces in a unique European/Asian
partnership. (more…)

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