EMV Capital participates in £843k funding for 5G and satellite phased array antenna designer Sofant Technologies
London, UK – 26 October 2021 – NetScientific plc (AIM: NSCI), the international life sciences and sustainability technology investment and commercialisation Group, announces that its corporate finance and venture capital division EMV Capital Ltd (“EMVC”) advised on a £843k fundraise, made up of £300k direct investment from NetScientific, £343k from private clients and £200k matched funding from the British Business Bank through the future fund initiative, into Sofant Technologies (“Sofant”), the leading 5G and Satcom antenna developer based in Edinburgh.
The Group’s participation included partial match funding secured through the Future Fund initiative implemented by the British Business Bank, which has also backed the investment and participated in a 10% convertible loan financing, alongside funding from Scotland-based NewSpace sector investor, Skyrora Ventures.
The investment will provide funding for new patented radio technology solutions which address several major challenges facing wireless communication systems today, including soaring energy costs. The funding also positions Sofant to launch its Series A fund-raise in the coming year, after the demonstration of a commercial antenna module which is currently in development and expected to be completed later this year.
Sofant has patented a highly efficient radio technology platform which provides the UK and Europe with a homegrown, industry-leading technology solution for reducing the power consumption of electronically scanned antenna arrays.
David Wither, CEO of Sofant, commented: “We are very pleased to welcome NetScientific, Skyrora Ventures and the British Business Bank to the growing list of investors who recognize how well positioned Sofant’s technology is to address the biggest challenge faced by the wireless industry as it seeks to make use of the millimetre wave radio spectrum.”
Skyrora Ventures’ Founder and Managing Director Volodymyr Levykin, said: “We are very excited to support a Scottish based company whose innovative technology solves heat and power consumption problems in antennas used for rapidly growing SatCom market. This investment directly corresponds to Skyrora Ventures’ goal of supporting companies that aim to revolutionise the space sector in UK.”
Dr. Ilian Iliev, Managing Director of EMV Capital, and CEO of NetScientific commented: “Sofant has continued to make excellent progress in developing its technology, which we see as a key component of the future wireless infrastructure. We are very pleased to continue supporting the growth of this showcase UK company, and we look forward to being a partner in its upcoming scale-up and commercialisation journey. This investment exemplifies NetScientific’s capital light investment model into exciting technology companies, leveraging EMVC syndication alongside our direct funding.”
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|Ilian Iliev, CEO|
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NetScientific plc (AIM: NSCI) is a holding company, that invests in, develops, commercialises and realises shareholder value in life sciences/healthcare, sustainability and technology companies, which offer significant growth potential predominately in the UK and USA, as well as globally.
With the acquisition of EMV Capital in August 2020, the Group doubled its portfolio from 8 to 17 companies, either through direct subsidiary, balance sheet investment or capital under advisory, varying from start-up private companies to publicly listed equities.
NetScientific delivers shareholder returns through a proactive and hands-on management approach to their portfolio companies; identifying, investing in, and helping to build game-changing companies. The Group targets value inflection points and the release of value through partial or full exits from trade sales, public listings, or equity sales. The Company has a strong transatlantic and growing international presence, providing attractive expansion prospects.
NSCI can deploy a capital-light investment structure; utilising the power of the PLC Brand, and the NetScientific balance sheet to anchor future investments and achieve a multiplier effect by attracting 3rd party investment for the portfolio companies.
NetScientific is headquartered in London, United Kingdom, and was admitted to trading on AIM, a market operated by the London Stock Exchange, in 2013 (website: www.netscientific.net).
About Sofant Technologies
www.sofant.com Sofant Technologies is a leading-edge radio technology company based in Edinburgh. The company is applying its proprietary RF MEMS technology to develop an extremely low power, low cost platform which solves power consumption and heat problems in 5G and satellite communications antenna systems. Sofant employs a fabless semiconductor business model which enables it to leverage long established high volume, low cost production methods. This positions Sofant to offer its customers game-changing performance with guaranteed scalability and low cost.