Foresight has made a £5m growth capital investment in Spektrix, the UK’s leading provider of cloud-based ticketing, marketing and fundraising software for the arts.
The investment, on behalf of Foresight VCT plc and Foresight 4 VCT plc, will be used to accelerate product development and support Spektrix’s international expansion, particularly in North America.
As part of the investment, Foresight has taken a minority equity position in the company.
Founded in 2007, Spektrix was an early pioneer in bringing cloud technology to the arts. It is now the UK industry’s leading SaaS solution, encompassing ticketing, marketing, fundraising, analytics, and customer relationship management (CRM). In 2018 it helped almost 400 organisations to sell more than £500m of tickets.
The software delivers key digital business capabilities to arts and entertainment organisations, enabling organisations like London’s Barbican Centre, New York Theatre Workshop and Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music to deepen customer relationships, understand sales trends in real time, and power audience development.
Michael Nabarro, co-founder and CEO of Spektrix, said: “The goal of Spektrix is to empower arts and entertainment organisations with the tools they need to excel in the evolving arts economy. This injection of growth capital gives us additional resources to expand strategically, increase the pace of innovation, and fully realise our ambitions for the sector on both sides of the Atlantic.
“This is the first external investment we have taken as a company and that is partly testament to Foresight’s reputation and approach to managing relationships with its portfolio companies. Foresight fully supports our aims and will work with us to do more of what we already do – but faster and better.”
Matthew Evans-Young, Investment Manager, Foresight Group, added: “Throughout the process we have been impressed by the ambition and quality of the team, and their commitment to the Company’s mission of transforming how organisations engage with their audiences. The success which Spektrix has achieved to date, without external funding, means we are excited to support them as they look to replicate their impressive track record of success and innovation — at home and internationally — in the coming years.”
(picture from L to R: Matthew Evans-Young, Investment Manager, Foresight Group; Majinder Johal, Group Finance Director, Spektrix; Michael Nabarro, CEO and co-founder, Spektrix; Alice Young, Managing Director (UK), Spektrix; James Livingston, Partner, Foresight Group)