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By Harriet Heywood & PA Media, BBC News, Cambridgeshire

  University of Cambridge/PA Media A tiny Raspberry Pi computer, about the size of a credit card University of Cambridge/PA Media

Raspberry Pi’s credit-card sized computer systems have been offered in additional than 70 international locations

Shares in laptop agency Raspberry Pi soared as a lot as 40% after they started buying and selling on the London Stock Exchange.

The Cambridge-based enterprise is thought for creating reasonably priced credit score card-sized computer systems designed to spice up coding expertise amongst youngsters.

Shares hit 392p in early buying and selling on Tuesday, above the preliminary public providing (IPO) worth of 280p.

Raspberry Pi chief government Eben Upton mentioned: “The reaction that we have received is a reflection of the world-class team that we have assembled.”

He mentioned it was additionally due to “the strength of the loyal community with whom we have grown.”

Mr Upton based the enterprise in 2008 and the primary product was launched in 2012.

It has since offered greater than 60 million of its single-board computer systems alone.

Eben Upton in an office wearing a blue t-shirt and reading a computer magazine

Computer scientist Eben Upton based Cambridge-based Raspberry Pi in 2008

IPO phrases urged a valuation of £541.6m ($688.8m), the corporate mentioned in a inventory market replace. Raspberry Pi mentioned the itemizing would increase £166m ($211m).

Shares started buying and selling in “conditional dealing” for institutional traders and people on the London Stock Exchange. Full open commerce is because of start on Friday.

‘There is life within the London inventory market’

Kathleen Brooks, analysis director at brokers XTB mentioned: “This is a sign that there is life in the London stock market, and companies can derive value from listing in London.

“It can be an honest payday for the corporate’s founders and administrators.”

Raspberry Pi said it would use cash from the equity raised for engineering projects, improving its supply chain, and other general corporate purposes.

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The company opened a store in Cambridge in 2017

Raspberry Pi’s products have been sold across more than 70 countries worldwide.

It is a subsidiary of the Raspberry Pi Foundation – a UK charity based when the corporate was arrange in 2008, with the purpose of selling curiosity in laptop science amongst younger folks.