UK Tech Investment Round-Up takes place every Monday at 3 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 14 will take place on 24th May 2021 at 3 pm 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. Koray Koska – VitraCash (Pre-Seed)
Koray is the Founder and CEO of VitraCash, which recently secured £330k Pre-Seed investment via Crowdcube.
Koray is a serial entrepreneur and a well-experienced developer. He was a founder at ScreamGood, Boiler and Volkn. While traveling the world, he noticed the absurd fees that were charged for foreign exchange/ATM withdrawal and having to use different cards for different benefits, which led him to found VitraCash.
VitraCash enables users to connect all of their payment methods to one smart card and then when they pay with their VitraCard debit card, VitraCash’s AI-based technology selects the best card for every transaction, factoring in elements such as FX rates, cashback, insurances, and more, creating a seamless payment experience no matter where you are.
2. Fraser Davidson – Cyclr (Series A)
Fraser is the CEO and Co-founder at Cyclr Systems, which recently secured £2 million Series A investment led by Blackfinch Venture.
Fraser has a diverse commercial, investment and senior-executive background. He spent 4 years in marketing and product strategy at Renault, then 8 years in Private Equity learning about delivering shareholder value. Following that 8+ years advising young software companies on growth strategy and building ‘investable’ businesses. He is also an occasional investor.
Cyclr is an innovator in ‘Embedded Integration Platform as a Service’ (or embedded iPaaS for short). From one-click integrations through to complex automations, Cyclr is a deeply functional, easy to use, integration application that seamlessly exists within the clients’ own application, invisible to the end user.
3. Leon Hady – Guide Education (Seed Follow on)
Leon is the Founder and CEO of Guide Education, which secured £6 million Seed Follow On investment led by the UK Government Future Fund.
Leon was a Headteacher who achieved the government mark ‘Outstanding’ multiple times. Leon was a teacher for many years and started with his youtube page for English tutorials which had a million hits. He then created TutionKit and Academics Advance which finally developed into Guide Education, leveraging the potential of online learning, and widening access to educational material for disadvantaged students.
Guide Education allows educators across the globe to access the very best learning and mentoring wherever they are and whenever they need it. Education institution seeking to develop their teachers and students, an organisation looking to improve the performance of your staff, or simply someone who wants to share their love of a subject with others can benefit from Guide’s many tools.
4. Mike Rosam – Quix (Seed)
Mike is the Founder of Quix, which secured £2.3 million Seed investment led by Project A Ventures.
Mike was a McLaren engineer for over 5 yrs and has over 10 yrs of experience in the field. He founded FluidCar in 2013. Quix was founded by four McLaren engineers on the belief that complex infrastructure is a bottleneck to building live data-driven applications quickly.
Quix platform enables developers and enterprise to build, test and deploy real-time models and services directly on Kafka, fast. With built-in scale, efficiency and resilience, their unique Stream SDK supports time-series data, events, metadata and binary blobs, integrating seamlessly into your application stack to deliver an end-to-end platform that developers love, in minutes..