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VCT making a sweep of Sooty and other TV stars

Investors have the opportunity to invest in the intellectual property rights of TV characters such as Sooty and university technology developments with the launch of two new venture capital trusts.

Specialist fund manager ProVen Private Equity is hoping to raise £30m to invest in unquoted companies which own publishing, licensing or merchandising rights to characters, copyrights, trademarks and brand names.

Previous ProVen investments include Gullane Entertainment, which owns the rights to Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, and Sooty International, owner of the Sooty characters.

A team of academics and investors is also setting up the Venture Technologies Academic Research Partners VCT, which will invest in technology developed by four universities – Bristol, Southampton, University College, London and Imperial College, London.

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