Monday 17 December 2018 5:17 pm

Augmented reality startup Blippar enters administration after dispute over funding


Jess Clark is a City A.M. news reporter covering retail and property.

Jess Clark is a City A.M. news reporter covering retail and property.

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Augmented reality company Blippar has gone into administration today following a dispute over funding.

The company, which had once claimed to be a unicorn – surpassing a $1bn valuation – has collapsed after an “alleged dispute over continued funding”, administrators at David Rubin and Partners said.

Last week Blippar warned shareholders that Malaysian sovereign wealth fund Khazanah, one of the company’s biggest two investors, had blocked an emergency fundraising round, the Sunday Times reported.

Administrator Paul Appleton said: “Paul Appleton and Paul Cooper of David Rubin & Partners were appointed as Joint Administrators of Blippar.com Limited on 17 December 2018.

“They are managing the affairs, business and property of the Company.

“The appointment of Administrators has arisen effectively as a result of an alleged dispute over continued funding. Following their appointment, the Administrators are now exploring all possible options for the future of the business for the benefit of all Stakeholders.”

The firm, which posted a loss £34.4m for the 12 months to March last year, announced it had raised $37m from investors in September, bringing the total amount of capital raised since the tech start-up’s launch in 2010 to $150m.

Blippar is one of the UK’s best-funded tech startups, but has struggled with its business model and low user engagement.

The company’s shareholders include hedge fund Lansdowne Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, and Candy Ventures, a vehicle controlled by luxury property developer Nick Candy.

 

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