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Latest Deal: Concurrent Thinking Partners with Mercia Fund / Oxford Capital Partners

concurrent thinkingThe Mercia Technology Seed Fund, a leading provider of venture capital to early stage technology-backed businesses in the West Midlands, has completed an investment into Concurrent Thinking, a spinout company from the University of Warwick, alongside Oxford Capital Partners and Midven.

The investment follows the successful completion of Concurrent Thinking’s research and development program. It will predominantly be used to fund international sales and marketing of Concurrent Thinking’s newly released products concurrentCommand, concurrentControl and concurrentProcess which deliver and support High Performance Computing clusters. Some funds will also be used to further expand the company’s product portfolio.

Dr Michael Rudgyard, CEO and founder, Concurrent Thinking says: "By embedding the company’s know-how within an appliance framework, and augmenting this with comprehensive system management and content management capabilities, we can considerably simplify the process of building and supporting complex HPC systems. We welcome the continued support of our investors in helping us to expand and scale our business." Dr Mark Payton, Fund Principal at the Mercia Technology Seed Fund commented: "
As a leading provider of investment into high growth technology businesses based in the West Midlands, and as an existing investor in Concurrent Thinking, we are delighted to continue our support for management as they drive the expansion of the business."

Warwick Warp working with Warwick School

warwick warpWarwick Warp is working with local school, Warwick School, to improve their security systems. The schools market has been identified as a great opportunity for Warwick Warp and Warwick School were very generous to offer their time and facilities as a critical test-environment for the University Spin-out.

The company is also working on 3D face image capture for the massively popular home and online computer games market. Work is progressing at a fantastic rate. Watch this space next time for developments!

Please continue to visit the website, for further updates.

Disclosure Rewards - £100 per submission

With this scheme we are hoping this small incentive will be sufficient to tease out from our colleagues those "what if" thoughts that have been playing on your minds. Your ideas should be coherent and reasonably well thought out but we are not expecting any significant detail concerning how an idea might be funded, developed, or brought to market. We just want to hear the bare bones of your idea and a rough explanation as to:
  • What existing problems it attempts to solve.
  • How your technology / solution is different to what you understand currently exists.
  • Wherein lies the benefits of your technology / solution, over and above its competition.
There will be an informal judging panel made up from Warwick Ventures staff and Prof. Mark E. Smith, (Pro Vice Chancellor of Research). It is worth stressing that our mindset is one that is positive and encouraging and we will only not award monies to the most obviously incomplete or inappropriate disclosures. Please note that our budget is limited to only 50 rewards at this time so to be (almost) sure of a winning entry, we recommend that you get your idea in early. Initially we are looking to make one award per person.


People Moves. John Mihell Leaves. Tim Blee joins

After 5 years of Warwick Ventures, Dr. John Mihell will be leaving Warwick Ventures at Christmas. He is due to take up a new as Investment Executive for Finance Wales based in Cardiff.

May we take this opporutnity to wish John and his wife, Liz, and family all the very best with their new lives in Wales. John was undoubtedly a central figure in the department and will be sorely missed. Our loss is Finance Wales' gain. Good luck, John!

Recently, we've had a new consultant join our ranks: Tim Blee. Tim returns to UK after a twelve year tour in the USA, where he worked for TRW as Director of Systems Engineering, and the DANA Corporation as a consultant. Before going to America he was Managing Director of TRW Transportation Electronics in Cirencester He has a Mechanical Engineering Degree from City University in London. He has significant International Business and Technology Development experience in Europe, Japan, and Brazil, in the automotive sector. We wish Tim all the very best in his new role here.

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Connect Midlands - Invest Conference

International Events Centre, Coventry

The conference, sponsored by BT Business, will provide a platform for up to 18 Midlands-based developing technology companies who are looking for investment of between £500k and £5m, to meet and present to high net-worth individuals and corporate financiers looking for investment opportunities.

Following each round of presentations, investors and companies will have ample time to network at exhibition stands and over lunch. Further information about this event is available at

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In this section we ask for your help in identifying potential partners or licensing opportunities for our spin-offs. Maybe you are interested in collaborating with one of our companies or maybe you know somebody else who is?

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