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UK Tech Investment Weekly Episode 11

UK Tech Investment Round-Up takes place every Monday at 12 pm BST 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 helped scale Zendesk, DataSift and many others.

Episode 11 will take place on 26th April 2021 at 12 noon BST.

The friendly discussion will focus on:

  • Investment Update from Deal Lite
  • Founder journeys
  • Investment journeys
  • 2021 Plans

We hope the audience will be able to benefit from the knowledge shared.


1. Thomas Beverley – Fy! (Seed)

Tom is the Co-founder of Fy!, which recently secured £5 million Seed investment led by Hoxton Ventures.

Tom has experience in marketing, public relations and ecommerce, and has been a Mentor at 500 Startups for the past 5 years assisting various startups with marketing strategy, customer development and channels with a particular focus on Facebook and mobile marketing. He co-founded Fy! In 2014 with a mission to make the world of design discoverable, affordable and instantly accessible through social commerce. 

Fy! is building a mobile marketplace of the products from the world’s best brands, designers and artists. Fy! uses a combination of social content, machine learning and product knowledge to create a personalised, curated mobile experience for every shopper.

2. Gerald Chappell – Fintern (Seed)

Gerald is the CEO and Co-Founder of Fintern, which recently secured £32 million Seed investment and debt funding from Varengold Bank.

Gerald was a Partner and the Global Head of Digital Lending, and Global Head of Credit Analytics at McKinsey & Company. Throughout his career, Gerald has served a wide range of financial services clients in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia on lending, credit risk and capital topics. He is committed to transforming consumer finance by expanding access to affordable credit and helping consumers build better financial lives.

Fintern is a UK consumer lender which aims to expand access to low cost personal credit by using the UK’s new Open Banking standard to analyse consumers’ historical bank statement data – each customer’s entire financial situation such as incomings,  outgoings and current repayments and repayment history.

3. Ashley Tate – Mina (Seed)

Ashley is the Co-founder of Mina, which secured a minority investment from FLEETCOR Technologies.

Ashley is a serial entrepreneur and the founder of a number of businesses including Split the Bills. He co-founded Mina in 2019, as a solution to the frustration of charging Electric Vehicles and making paying for EV charging transparent, accurate and easy for employers and employees. He’s now committed to building businesses that do good and make a positive difference. 

Mina is an EV charging payment Startup with a mission to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles by making paying for EV charging radically simple. UK’s only EV charging solution which allows fleet vehicles to be charged at home and on the road, resulting in one simple bill for the fleet owner.

4. Scott Lever – Zobi (Seed)

Scott is the Founder of Zobi, which secured £1.29 million Seed investment led by Loyal VC and Worth Capital.

Scott is an established Enterprise Architect / Head of Infrastructure and End User Computing with experience in the private sector, public sector, banking, IT service providers and UK central government. His background in technology, digital transformations and cybersecurity made him realise how vulnerable we are to computer hacking and he founded Zobi in 2018. 

Zobi is a software company building intruder detection systems for your home WiFi – which uses artificial intelligence to spot unusual activity, detect and prevent cybercrime. The ‘home’s digital guardian’ is compatible with existing tech and alongside a household’s existing broadband router, firewalls, anti-virus software and other home security products.

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