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Ready, set, mass adoption? Virtual Reality full steam ahead

In today’s world, Virtual Reality is something you can’t escape. For a long time, we siloed experiences such as VR to gaming, however now everyday people are engaging with VR in their everyday lives. In gaming, travel, real estate and healthcare we are seeing the introduction and revolutionising of VR technologies and before too long, we can expect to see mass adoption.


Last week leading Virtual Reality game developer Immotion Group received an additional £500,000 in investment from Venture Capital fund Sure Ventures. Immotion create superior out of home immersive VR experiences and will use the £500,000 funds raised to fast-track the roll-out of its product worldwide and create new content. Immotion Group will next month open their first VR gaming arcade just outside of London.

This week, the momentum for VR continues to strive forward with £20mil in fundraising by EVR Holdings. EVR are one of the leading creators in virtual reality content and the holding company of Melody VR. Melody VR officially launched this week at Facebook’s F8 conference and gives users an immersive music experience, allowing fans to watch performances on their VR headsets with content created from previous live performances, sold-out concerts, festivals and special events. Singer Adele is even said to have invested in the company and EVR has already secured partnerships within the industry with Warner Music, Sony Music and Universal Music.

EVR has already raised £70mil to date and the additional funding will be used to further their global expansion outside of the UK and the US. Speaking about the placing, Anthony Matchett, Executive Chairman and CEO of EVR said, “As we move forward, we are confident that a global roll-out of the Melody VR platform will not only serve to supplement and increase the company’s potential revenue generation capabilities but will also serve to increase content consumption, brand awareness and IP value overall.”  EVR is also set to explore additional immersive technologies outside of VR, such as interactive advertising and augmented reality.

In a further nod to VR, earlier this week UK based VR Education’s multi award winning educational experience Apollo 11 was announced as part of the launch collection of the new Oculus Go; the Facebook owned VR headset.  The all new design with built in speakers, optimised graphics and overall superior quality of the Oculus Go, in addition to its attractive £199 RRP is set to accelerate the introduction of immersive VR experiences into homes and lives of people around the world.

Gareth Burchell, Head of Stockbroking at Shard Capital and appointed broker for VR Education commented, “This week’s announcement is amazing recognition to the superior educational experiences VR Education are creating and introducing at all levels.”

The VR Education Apollo 11 announcement reacted very well on the day with the share price hitting a high of 18.9p (Tuesday 2 May) and closing 35% up on the day. VR Education has a market cap of £28mil after its March 12 (2018) listing on the LSE.


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Sure Ventures plc – Quarterly New Asset Value per Share

Sure Ventures Plc (the “Company”) is pleased to provide its first quarterly Net Asset Value (“NAV”) since being admitted to trading on the Specialist Funds Segment of the Main Market of the London Stock Exchange on 19 January 2018.

As at 31 March 2018, the Company’s unaudited, estimated NAV per share was £0.9212. Total Net Assets were £3,049,160.

This is inclusive of all brokerage fees and formation costs of the Company and equalisation payments to and unrealised gain on investment from Suir Valley Venture Fund, a sub-fund of Suir Valley Funds ICAV.

This NAV has been calculated by Apex Fund Services (Ireland) Ltd


For further information please contact:

Apex Fund Services (Ireland) Ltd.

Anne-Marie Quinn-Sweeney / Lisa Cronin
+353 21 463 3366

Shard Capital AIFM LLP

Andrew Green / Toby Raincock

020 7186 9914 / 020 7186 9910


Important Notice

This announcement does not constitute or form part of, and should not be considered as, any offer for the sale or subscription of, or solicitation of any offer to buy or subscribe for, any shares in the Company or securities in any other entity, in any jurisdiction, including without limitation the United States, nor shall it, or any part of it, or the fact of its distribution, form the basis of, or be relied on in connection with, any contract or investment decision whatsoever, in any jurisdiction. The announcement does not constitute a recommendation regarding any securities.

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VR Education Holdings Plc Apollo 11 VR Mobile App Selected for Oculus Go Launch Collection

Multiple award-winning Apollo 11 VR educational experience invited by Oculus to feature as part of a special promotional Oculus Go Collection on Oculus store


VR Education (AIM: VRE; ESM: 6VR), a leading virtual reality (‘VR’) technology company focused on the education space, is pleased to announce that its award-winning Apollo 11 VR educational experience has been selected to be part of the launch collection for Oculus Go, Oculus’ new all-in-one VR headset.

Oculus Go, which has a recommended retail price of US$199, will allow users to effortlessly enter VR with no PC or wires attached and was launched on 1 May 2018.  VR Education’s Apollo 11 was selected by Oculus as one of the apps for inclusion in the launch collection and will remain available at a reduced price of US$3.99 until 31 August 2018 on the Oculus store.

The Apollo 11 experience was developed by the Group in 2016 and provides users the ability to witness the moon landing first-hand in virtual reality, from the viewpoint of the US astronaut Neil Armstrong.  The Apollo 11 VR experience is currently available on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR and has been downloaded approximately 120,000 times as at 30 April 2018, generating over €1 million in revenue for the Group.

David Whelan, CEO of VR Education, said: “Since its launch, the Apollo 11 VR experience has won numerous awards and has achieved considerable success on the Oculus store for Oculus Rift users.  The potential market for Apollo 11 is increasing all the time with the cost of hardware still coming down and the launch of the Oculus Go all-in-one headset now means you do not need a PC or smartphone to enjoy a full VR experience.  We are excited to be working with Oculus Go to bring the joys of VR to the mainstream consumer.”

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014.


For further information, please contact:


VR Education Holdings plc

David Whelan, CEO

Sandra Whelan, COO

Tel: +353 87 665 6708



Cairn Financial Advisers LLP

(Nominated Adviser)

James Caithie / Liam Murray / Richard Nash

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7213 0880


Shard Capital Partners LLP

(Joint Broker)

Damon Heath / Erik Woolgar

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7186 9952


(Joint Broker & ESM Adviser)

Fergal Meegan / Ronan Veale / Barry Murphy

Tel: +353 1 679 7788


(UK Financial PR)

Henry Harrison-Topham / Chris Lane /

Tilly Abraham

Tel: +44 (0)20 7466 5000



Wilson Hartnell

(Irish Corporate PR)

Peter O’Brien / Frans Van Cauwelaert

Tel: +353 1 669 0030




Notes to Editors

VR Education, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, is an early stage VR software and technology group based in Waterford, Ireland, dedicated to transforming the delivery methods of education and corporate training by utilising VR technologies to deliver fully immersive virtual learning experiences.  The Group’s core focus is the development and commercialisation of its online virtual social learning and presentation platform called ENGAGE, which provides a platform for creating, sharing and delivering proprietary and third-party VR content for educational and corporate training purposes.

In addition to the ongoing development of the ENGAGE platform, the Group has also built two downloadable showcase VR experiences, being the award-winning Apollo 11 VR experience and an early access version of the Group’s Titanic VR experience.

On 12 March 2018, VR Education listed on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange and on the Enterprise Securities Market, a market regulated by Euronext Dublin.

Since its release, the Apollo 11 showcase VR experience has received a number of industry awards:

  • Viveport Developer Awards – 1st Place Explore Category – April 2017
  • Proto Awards, Hollywood – Best Educational Experience – October 2016
  • Unity Vision Summit, Hollywood – Best Film/Interactive Story – February 2016
  • VR Fest, Las Vegas – Best VR Animated Educational Film – January 2016
  • FIVARS, Toronto – Public Choice Award – October 2015
  • Time Warner, New York – Future of Storytelling – September 2015


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