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Whitehorn leads IPO of first space tech fund

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Will Whitehorn, who spearheaded Richard Branson’s Virgin Galatic space flight company, is supporting the launch of the world’s first listed space technology fund in the UK.

Mr Whitehorn will chair the board of the Seraphim Space investment trust which intends to list in London and raise up to £100m to invest in early and growth stage space tech businesses.

It is targeting a total annual investment return of 20% and will start by buying a portfolio of 19 seed assets from the existing Seraphim Space Fund.

These include Arqit, a British quantum encryption company, Glasgow-based Spire Global, a global weather forecaster, and AST & Science, the 4G mobile broadband network provider.

Mr Whitehorn, who also chairs Edinburgh-based healthcare software company Craneware, said there was an industrial revolution under way in the space sector.

“Space tech is forecast to be a multi-decade, trillion dollar investment market that has not previously been available through listed opportunities. We are excited to offer investors access to a diversified portfolio of some of the sector’s highest-growth potential companies,” he said.

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