Deal Lite UK Tech Investment Weekly takes place every Monday at 12 pm UK time on Clubhouse, hosted by Manoj Ranaweera of Deal Lite (a product of Techcelerate) with co-hosts, Andrew Threlfall of Malinko (Techcelerate’s largest tech company, which makes scheduling community nursing a walk in the park for the NHS) and Stewart Townsend, a SaaS Channel Specialist who helps Techcelerate Member Companies scale through channel partnerships.
Episode 36 took place on the 22nd of November 2021 at 12 pm UK Time.
The friendly discussion focused on:
- Founder journeys
- Investment journeys
- Growth Plans
We hope the audience benefited from the knowledge shared.
1. Rich Wilson – Gigged.AI (Pre-Seed)
Rich is the Founder and CEO of Gigged.AI, which recently secured £600K Pre-Seed investment led by Techstart Ventures.
Rich is an experienced Tech Leader who has had senior roles with Allegis Group and Gartner and in Board positions with The Data Lab and This Is Me Scotland. He is passionate about mental health, technology, sales and the future of work.
Gigged is a Digital Talent Platform powered by AI. The platform aims to accelerate the future of work by ensuring on-demand talent and has a simple and effective way to work on exciting tech projects.
2. Xavier Bellekens – Lupovis (Pre-Seed)
Xavier is the CEO of Lupovis, which recently secured £615k Pre-Seed investment co-led by Techstart Ventures and Nauta Capital.
Xavier has over 10 years of experience in consulting across the public and private sectors with experience spanning from cyber-defense, deception, deterrence, and attribution of cyber-threats in critical infrastructures to cyber-situational awareness and cyber-psychology and cyber-diplomacy. He was an assistant professor, chancellor’s fellow at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Lupovis is an AI-based solution providing proactive and offence-centric deception strategies for arresting attackers that have penetrated your network. The solution engages attackers through a sequence of dynamic decoys and lures them through the network using narratives and manipulation techniques, hence extending the time window to respond with the countermeasures to arrest the breach.
3. Maria Wlosinska – Unlock (Seed)
Maria is the Co-founder and CEO at Unlock, which secured £1.5 million Seed investment led by La Famiglia.
Maria was a Senior Account Manager at Oracle previously. Currently she is a Host – Diversity Talks @ Knights of Slush, Nordic Ambassador at InspiringFifty working towards increasing Female role models in Tech and an Entrepreneur at Antler.
Unlock Technologies is building a A video-based platform packed with unique experiences for remote teams. Companies can build a unique virtual venue with distinct spaces and fully customisable content, for fun and purposeful interactions that reflect their culture.
4. Anthony Beilin – Collective Benefits (Seed Follow On)
Anthony is the Co-founder and CEO at Collective Benefits, which secured £7.33 million Seed Follow On investment from Prosus Ventures.
Anthony has proven experience in venture building as an early stage entrepreneur and in driving growth and change inside large scale corporates. He was an Advisory Board Member at Sproutt Insurance, Director at BE Property and the Global Head of Innovation at Aviva. He also founded Unbound Global, a media company in 2012.
Collective Benefits helps top-notch platforms protect their independent workers with sick and injury pay, mental health support, everyday savings, and more. Helping the companies ramp up recruitment and retention, increase engagement and protect their people.