Specialist tech and media fund established for SMEs and start ups

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by Stephen Chapman

A new investment fund has been established, aimed at entrepreneurial technology, media and telecoms (TMT) firms.

Created by Warrington-based Knight and Spark Impact, >_fund:tmt will provide funding between £0.5m and £2m.

“At Knight we see a significant number of growth companies that are unable to raise finance due to the inflexible and in many instances uncommercial funding criteria set down by traditional institutions. >_fund:tmt will open a new door for those businesses to achieve their full potential,” explained Knight co-founder Paul Billingham.

They believe the fund will help established businesses which are deemed too small by more traditional institutions, such as banks or private equity.

“>_fund:tmt is specifically geared to facilitate a flexible range of uses including partial cash outs, shareholder consolidation, MBOs and acquisitions, in addition to development capital. The fund is simply applying a private equity model for smaller but ambitious businesses,” added Adam Zoldan, co-founder at Knight.

It will be managed by Spark's Mark Borzomato and supported by investment manager Matt Mawdesley, who joins the firm from NatWest’s TMT Corporate Banking team.