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UK tech funding roundup: This week’s deals from Oriole to Fieldwork Robotics

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This week’s UK tech funding deals include LLM training startup Oriole, clean energy developer WASE, AI recruitment tool Metaview and more.

UKTN tracked £32.15m worth of funding deals this week (25 March to 29 March) with AI and clean economy startups dominating.

Here’s your weekly roundup of UK tech startup funding.

Oriole – £10m

Sector: AI

HQ: London

Round: Seed

Funding type: 

Investors: UCL Technology Fund, Clean Growth Fund, XTX Ventures, Dorilton Ventures and Innovate UK Investor Partnership

Founded in 2023, Oriole is a UCL spinout claiming to have developed a more time and energy-efficient method for training large language models via its “super-brain” GPUs.

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WASE – £8.5m

Sector: Energy tech

HQ: Bristol

Round: Early VC/grant

Funding type: Equity/grant

Investors: Extantia Capital, Hitachi Ventures, WEPA Ventures, Engie New Ventures, Elbow Beach Capital and Empirical Ventures

Founded in 2017, WASE is developing technology to generate sustainable fuel from waste materials. WASE claims its electro-methanogenic reactor sources biogas from plant matter and organic wastewater.

Metaview – £6.3m

Sector: AI/recruitment

HQ: London

Round: Seed

Funding type: Equity

Investors: Plural, Coelius Capital, Vertex Ventures US, Seedcamp, Village Global

Founded in 2018, Metaview is an AI assistant designed to support the hiring process. Metaview records and analyses hiring information from applications and interviews, taking the burden of the administrative side of hiring and providing insights based on the data.

Belong – £2.95m

Sector: Fintech

HQ: London

Round: Pre-seed

Funding type: Equity

Investors: Viola Fintech, Connect Ventures, Portage Ventures and January Ventures

Founded in 2021, Belong is a fintech startup that has built what it describes as a wealth-building app. Belong aims to increase access to investment opportunities for young professionals. The app offers ISAs and investment accounts with optional loans to scale up investment goals.

Clean Food Group – £2.5m

Sector: Food tech

HQ: London

Round: Seed

Funding type: Equity

Investors: Clean Growth Fund

Founded in 2021, Clean Food Group develops cooking oils from food waste in an effort to bring sustainability to an industry notorious for deforestation.

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Ayora – £1.3m

Sector: Fintech/legaltech/AI

HQ: London

Round: Pre-seed

Funding type: Equity

Investors: J12 and Twin Path Ventures

Founded in 2022, Ayora is an AI platform to support the work of lawyers as revenue managers. Ayora translates financial data into insights for tasks such as budget monitoring and billing schedules.

Fieldwork Robotics – £600,000

Sector: Agtech/robotics

HQ: Cambridge

Round: Grant

Funding type: Grant

Investors: DEFRA and Innovate UK

Founded in 2016, Fieldwork Robotics builds vertical robots to harvest soft fruits. It is aiming to address a shortage of fruit pickers using automation.

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