Small business owners are often the jacks and jills of all trades, especially when teams are small and operations are lean. But for many businesses, the time spent handling administrative functions could be better spent building the business. Ember is an accounting and tax platform that streamlines these functions with automation, freeing up valuable time. The platform uses machine learn and has integrated open banking so that businesses can manage all aspects of taxes and accounting from a single platform. Users are able to view the business’s finances in real-time, get support from qualified experts, and optimize, pay, and file taxes with HMRC, which recently made it possible to file digitally. London TechWatch caught up with Cofounder and CEO Aaron Shaw to learn more about the company’s progress since we covered their pre-seed round in late 2019, fundraising during the pandemic, the company’s latest funding round from investors that include Anthemis, Spring Ventures, and Innovation Nest, and much, much more…
The use of technology is reshaping the construction industry today just as the introduction of specialized tools did in the past. With so many variables and moving parts in a typical construction, there’s always a risk for delays and these delays can be costly. Swapp is the AI-powered software solution that provides a centralized platform designed for the construction industry to create, manage and refine an end-to-end construction plan as circumstances change. Typical planning for a project can take anywhere between 9 months to a year; Swapp brings this down to a month. London TechWatch caught up with CEO, Cofounder, and serial entrepreneur Eitan Tsarfati to learn more about how his work at Autodesk Israel inspired this venture, the company’s future plans, and latest round of funding led by Point72 Ventures and Entrée Capital.
Funding down 28.7% MOM as much of the nation under lockdown in December. Find out where it went… Aggregate statistics for all London funding deals by stage of funding (Early, Series A, Series B, and Late) including mention of notable rounds for December 2020.
Data volumes are growing exponentially and expected to hit 175 zettabytes by 2025. For businesses managing this unprecedented growth, ensuring compliance with regulatory initiatives like GDPR and the California Consumer Privacy Act has become a challenge. eXate is the data management solution that enables enterprises to have a single application to manage data visibility and privacy across the data landscape. Companies can now readily capture the value of the data that they possess and share the data internally without getting bogged down by privacy concerns, resulting in significant value creation, cost savings, and efficiency. London TechWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Peter Lancos to learn more about pain point that eXate addresses, the burgeoning data privacy space, and the company’s recent funding round from investors that include Outward VC, ING Ventures, and Triple Point Ventures.
The demand for CBD products across the globe has been steadily increasing and in Europe, consumers are projected to spend approximately €13.6B on CBD products by 2025. The e-commerce CBD marketplace, Alphagreen, makes it easy for consumers to discover and purchase high-quality CBD products while providing emerging CBD brands the tools to scale and launch products in new markets. London TechWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Alexej Pikovsky to learn more about how Alphagreen’s plans to become more than just a CBD marketplace by becoming the go-to intelligence platform for CBD products, the company’s impressive traction, and recent funding round from investors that include Enexis AB, West Creek, and Igor and Oleg Tikhturov.
The popularity of flexible work arrangements has skyrocketed due to COVID, however, flexible work arrangements can have a larger impact. According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, flexible work arrangements are a primary driver for improving gender equality in the workplace and encouraging more roles to be flexible could solve the gender pay gap. Juggle is the employment platform solely dedicated to flexible roles. The platform matches companies with top-tier mid and senior-level talent seeking flexible working arrangements. London TechWatch caught up with CEO and Founder Romanie Thomas to learn more about how her experience as a headhunter inspired her to create Juggle to increase the number of women in senior leadership roles, her experience fundraising as a sole founder, and the company’s latest funding round from investors that include Social Capital, 7percent Ventures, Oxford Capital, Andreas Mihalovits, Andrew Gault, Andrew J. Scott, Charlie Kemper, Charlie Songhurst, Curtis Chambers, Rajiv Kapoor, and Pip Wilson.
Hypnotherapy is an effective tool to ease anxiety and stress. Clementine, built to empower women and make them feel happy and healthy, supports women’s mental wellbeing through hypnotherapy via its app. Ranging from a quick 3-minute session to a 30-minutes of deep sleep, all sessions are designed to help women alleviate stress, anxiety, and sleep issues. London TechWatch caught up with Founder Kim Palmer to learn more about the inspiration behind Clementine, her experience fundraising, and the company’s recent round from Fortunis Capital.
Don’t underestimate the power of your voice. One of the latest London startups to come out of Techstars and Ubisoft’s AI accelerator is Anything World, the no-code platform that allows creators to build 3D worlds simply using their voice. Anything World has a pre-built library of 500K+ 3D models for creatives to choose from, and its proprietary machine-learning algorithm can bring any static model to life through simple voice commands. Anything World integrates with Unity, Google Poly, and other platforms. The company is currently focused on scaling its integrations and recently launched a public Beta. London TechWatch caught up with CTO and Cofounder Gordon Midwood to learn more about the company, its plans to make integrated 3D experiences ubiquitous, and the company’s recent funding round.