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UK Tech Investment Weekly Episode 9

UK Tech Investment Round-Up takes place every Monday at 12 pm GMT 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 8 will take place on 12th April 2021.

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. Romanie Thomas – Juggle Jobs (Seed Follow on)

Romanie is the Founder of Juggle, which recently secured Seed Follow On investment from Social Capital, Oxford Capital, 7percent and others.

Romanie, as an experienced Headhunter, was frustrated by the lack of both female candidates and clients in the field. There is now compelling data to support the theory that flexibility in the workplace lies at the heart of the solution to this problem which made her to found Juggle.

Juggle is a digital platform for companies to find, onboard, pay and manage, experienced flexible professionals. Juggle makes it possible for companies to hire outstanding professional talent in just a few clicks. Jugglers are extremely self sufficient and just require flexibility in return for high quality work – little management needed.

2. Pete Howroyd – Swapi (Seed)

Pete is the CEO of Swapi, which recently secured £350k Seed investment from angel investors.

Pete is an expert in marketing, loyalty and CRM with 20 yrs of experience working in fast paced multi industry environments. Passionate about developing advanced customer-led and data-driven culture and founded Swapi in 2017, to build something more relevant for consumers that gave them the impetus to spend their rewards.

Swapi Company Profile with pre-investment Cap Table

Swapi is a digital wallet that allows users to swap their loyalty rewards, cashback and gift cards between brands. Swapi helps brands acquire new customers at a fraction of cost and use existing customers to unlock additional value in a targeted and personalised way. 

3. Sam Glasswell – Arbolus (Series A)

Sam is the Founder and Co-CEO of Arbolus, which secured £4.38 million Series A investment led by Fuel Ventures.

Sam started his career as part of the startup team (AlphaSights) where he built networks of experts to connect with investors. He used his experience of networks to build a VC investor community and later learnt strategic and value based sales in tech. Sam founded Arbolus because they believed experience should be shared without limits.

Arbolus is a knowledge-sharing technology platform, providing businesses with solutions to help grow and manage their expert and advisory networks.The arbolus platform facilitates the connection between those with experience and those who seek it.

4. Noam Nevo – Osu (Seed)

Noam is the CEO and Co-Founder at Osu, which secured £2.25 million Seed investment led by Creandum.

Noam is a seasoned entrepreneur with deep fintech expertise, beginning his career as a software engineer with roles at various startups and PayPal – creating and implementing several business platforms. He then founded a new company called Vala, a money transferring system. He realized there was a gap for a streamlined tool that focussed solely on the payments for self-employed, which led him to found Osu in 2019.

Faff-free payment collection for freelancers, sole traders and the self-employed. You share a payment link and invoice in seconds, straight from your phone, either on screen with a QR Code, or via SMS and email. Your clients click and approve the transaction, and the funds instantly hit your bank account.

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