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Reading space start-up Isotropic Systems secures over $37m in equity financing round

By Karolina Skinner
29 September 2021
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Reading start-up Isotropic Systems, a developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies, has raised over $37 million in an equity financing round, which fully funds the development of its multilink antennas through to product launch in 2022. Space tech fund Seraphim Space Investment Trust PLC led the round, in the first significant investment since its IPO on the London Stock Exchange in July.

The round also included participation from leading strategic and deep-tech venture capital investors including AEI HorizonX, Promus Ventures through its Luxembourg based space investment fund Orbital Ventures and Firmament Ventures. 

At the same time, Isotropic Systems continues to attract significant support from industry-leading, strategic investors including SES and the UK Government. The continued support from existing investors was driven by Isotropic Systems’ significant progress into the mature stages of product development, providing accelerated funding to achieve upcoming pivotal milestones and fully fund Isotropic through the commercial launch of its first product line in 2022.

Consequently, Isotropic Systems has accelerated its production phase in time to support new constellations and satellites launching in GEO, HEO, MEO and LEO orbits from 2022 onwards, and has expanded its workforce by 40% over the last five months. 

The funding "will bring our game-changing technology to reality within the next 12 months. The strong interest we have received from across the industry has given us the confidence to accelerate our growth plans and bring forward the commercialisation of our groundbreaking new terminals, harnessing the potential of the thousands of new satellites being launched across multiple orbits in the year ahead", said Isotropic Systems Founder and CEO, John Finney said:

"Seraphim Space Investment Trust is invested in many sector leaders within the space ecosystem that have the potential to dominate globally, several of whom are already valued at more than $1 billion. We are delighted that they have led this fundraising round and look forward to James Bruegger joining our Board."

James Bruegger, CIO of Seraphim Space (Manager) LLP, Seraphim Space Investment Trust’s investment manager, said: "Isotropic Systems is a prime example of why we looked to list our new fund on the London Stock Exchange. With the Seraphim Space Investment Trust, we now have the financial firepower to double down with conviction on our highest potential investments. With its unparalleled ability to simultaneously connect to satellites in different constellations and different orbits, we believe that Isotropic Systems has the technology that will help unlock massive potential growth within the satellite communications market.

"This highlights our commitment to financing the best-of-breed companies we see as potential global leaders in Space Tech whilst offering investors a diversified portfolio of companies in the burgeoning Space Tech sector", added Bruegger.

Partner and Head of AEI HorizonX Brian Schettler said: "Isotropic Systems unlocks the industry’s ability to provide connectivity to the wave of next generation, high-throughput satellites given Isotropic’s dramatic improvements in terminal capabilities at lower costs. The ability to affordably bring seamless and simultaneous connectivity to these new satellites across multiple orbits with different frequencies will be revolutionary, as well as critical to meet the growing demand for broadband data across the globe."

About Isotropic Systems

With the head office in Reading, Isotropic System is developing the world’s first multi-service, high bandwidth, low power, fully integrated high throughput terminals.

Isotropic's patented radio frequency optics technology enables the high performance, multilink antenna to simultaneously connect to multiple satellites in multiple orbits without any compromise in the performance of each link. This industry first unlocks the global satellite ecosystem for unprecedented connectivity across a broad range of markets, including government, defence, maritime, enterprise, and aerospace. With multiple, new space constellations being launched by organisations including OneWeb, Inmarsat, Intelsat, SpaceX, Amazon, SES and Telesat, innovation in space needs to be matched by innovation on the ground, sea and in the air.

About Seraphim Space

Seraphim Space is a specialist investor in SpaceTech; its interconnected model is to identify, support and grow early stage SpaceTech companies across the full life cycle. The company is backed by leading Space corporates and international space agencies across its activities including investors in the Fund(s) Airbus, SES, Teledyne, Telespazio, SSTL and accelerator partnerships including Rolls Royce, Inmarsat, European Space Agency and UK Space Agency. Seraphim Space has supported over 50 SpaceTech companies across its Angels, Fund and Accelerator.