Hyphen Capital acquires Sublime Science
Science party provider Sublime Science Ltd – a high-profile winner of BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – has been acquired by Hyphen Capital, in a deal advised by BCMS.
Established in 2008, Sublime Science Ltd is the leading science events business of its type in the UK, with a reputation for innovative, fun, hands-on learning experiences. Sublime Science’s events are designed for five-to-twelve-year-olds, where children learn how to make sweets, slime, rockets and how to create other fun experiments in parties and workshops. The company has now reached over one million children in the UK, and additionally operates an online learning platform, available to 37 countries across the globe.
Hyphen Capital is London-based investor, typically working with owner-managed businesses. When investing in a company, Hyphen seeks to take full ownership and management roles, with the aim of fine-tuning operations, evolving product ranges and driving sales growth in new markets.
Marc Wileman, founder of Sublime Science said: “It’s been an absolutely preposterous journey going from a £1,750 Prince’s Trust loan to firing smoke rings on BBC TV’s Dragons’ Den and receiving a Queen’s Award from Her Majesty herself – and inspiring more than one million children to discover how awesome science can be! Sublime Science is now perfectly placed to go on to take the very best of British science to children all over the world.”
“Over the last 10 years, Sublime Science has evolved into a unique and trusted brand, and we are extremely optimistic about its future,” added EdTech Entrepreneur and Executive Director of Hyphen Capital, Tim Farnell. “Marc has not only built a great business but a fantastic team, who we are committed to supporting as they continue to make science awesome for kids everywhere.”
BCMS Assistant Director Emma Tipper, who led the transaction on behalf of Sublime Science, said: “Working with an entrepreneur as passionate, inventive and dedicated as Marc Wileman and his Sublime Science team has been a real adventure. This is a multi-award-winning, high-profile business, which inevitably received a lot of attention from the wider marketplace of investors and acquirers, including education, training and events businesses. The strategic fit with this acquirer is obvious, though: Hyphen Capital is committed to delivering growth for unique innovative businesses, and we are delighted to help the two parties come together.”