Current Portfolio

 

Sentiment is a multi-channel social customer service platform. The business delivers sophisticated technology-enabled solutions to allow companies to connect and respond to their customers in a timely, engaging and effective way. Founder-CEO Leon Chaddock is a technologist by background, with significant experience in the social, customer service and contact centre space.

 

 

Actus™ performance appraisal software provides leading-edge technology solutions to embed year round performance management in organisations.  Founder-CEO Lucinda Carney is a Business Psychologist with over eighteen years’ experience in HR and Learning and Development. Passionate about making technology work for people, Lucinda strives to deliver first class training and software solutions.

 

 

Raremark is an online platform providing trusted and verified information to the rare disease community. The company uses a proprietary platform to index scientific articles and medical guidelines, offering patients and stakeholders insight into the latest research and thinking in their disease area. Users of the platform can comment and share knowledge, and connect with specialist centres to learn more about the latest research and treatments in development.

 

 

alva is a technology company that analyses publicly-available content to create decision-ready intelligence for the largest companies in the world. The firm provides practical insight and actionable intelligence for senior company management, derived from real-time analysis of print, online, broadcast and social media, as well as financial analyst reports, parliamentary briefings and publicly-available polls and surveys. The business is led by Cass MBA alumnus Alberto Lopez-Valenzuela, and counts fellow Cass MBA alumnus Richard Fleming and UCL alumnus Alastair Pickering among its founding management team. Following investment from the Fund in 2010, alva has grown from a 3-person start-up to a multi-million pound organisation employing over 35 people at its Southwark headquarters, and a growing team in its New York office.

 

 

Accutrainee was the first non-law firm to receive training partner status from the Solicitor's Regulatory Authority. The company provides an innovative, cost-effective and flexible way for companies and law firms to manage their trainee requirements, as well as offering aspiring lawyers a richer and more diverse training experience. The business was founded by Cass EMBA alumna Susan Cooper, and won 'Best Collaboration with In-House Teams' at the prestigious 2015 'The Lawyer' awards.

 

 

Contego Fraud Solutions offers an integrated ID verification, risk profiling and fraud detection platform to businesses in a wide range of sectors. The team work in partnership with law enforcement agencies to deliver class-leading solutions for high-profile clients including Regus, the world's largest supplier of flexible office space. Founder and CEO Adrian Black is an alumnus of the Cass New Venture Creation programme. Contego was named as an Everline 'Future 50' company, and secured material follow-on funding from new investors to support ongoing technology and business development. Contego was part of the 2015-6 Accenture Fintech Innovation Lab cohort.

 

 

Frontier MEA is a business intelligence and consulting company focused on frontier markets. The firm was co-founded by Alex Warren and Beth Hepworth, a Cass alumna and winner of the 2013 'MBA Star' award at the Women of the Future Awards. The company provides information and insight to support organisations exploring and developing business in some of the world's most high-potential economies.

 

 

Humble Grape is a high-growth wine business, with a multi-service model encompassing live events, wine merchant and online 'wine club' elements to deliver high-quality educational wine experiences and boutique wines to a range of 'blue-chip', corporate and private clients. The business was founded in 2009 by Cass alumnus James Dawson. The Cass Entrepreneurship Fund invested in the business in 2014 to support the firm's growth plans, and to help establish the company's first 2 retail and wine bar sites, in Clapham and Fleet Street.

 

 

Family Traveller is an online and digital publishing company specialising in family travel. Family Traveller provides inspiration and advice for holidaying with children of differing age groups, as well as multi-generational travel. CEO Andrew Dent founded Family Traveller in 2013, having held senior marketing roles at Harrods and News Corporation. In just 2 years the business has attracted high-end advertisers from the travel, fashion and motor industries. Cass invested in 2015 to support growth in the digital audience and digital platform functionality.

 

Exits

 

Cloud Business is a high-growth cloud consultancy, services and 'SaaS' business led by James Butler. The company provides consulting, migration and support services for high-profile clients including: Vodafone, ASOS, and Clifford Chance. The business has won a variety of accolades since launch, including being named global Microsoft Office 365 Partner of the Year 2012. The company has shown impressive growth since taking investment from the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund.

Cass's holding was realised in a trade sale in May 2017. The sale represented a full exit and successful return for the Fund and other shareholders.