The global online home décor market nearly reached $100B in 2020 and is expected to topple $350B by 2027. The pandemic reoriented how we view our homes and lockdowns led countless individuals to focus their attention and finances on improving the aesthetic of their living situations. Yellowpop is a direct-to-consumer home décor startup that’s hoping that LED neon signs will be a part of this increased shift. The company offers both custom options, where consumers can design their signs, and also from its collection, which includes limited editions co-produced with leading artists, designers, and creators. London TechWatch caught up with cofounder Jeremy Cortial to learn more about the inspiration that led to turning neon signs into art, the company’s strategic plans, recent funding round from Eutopia, and much, much more.
You turn on the TV to watch a sports event and you see a pristine pitch without thinking twice. But behind the scenes, there is a sophisticated system of turf science focused on mowing, fertilization, irrigation, seeding, and aeration. It costs in excess of $1M per year to maintain the average golf course. E-Nano is building a future where robots are used to monitor and control the process of maintaining sports fields and stadium pitches to bring these costs down and reduce the environmental impact of turf management. The company’s robotic solution integrates sensors, 5G, and AI to provide sophisticated analytics to optimize field maintenance. London TechWatch caught up with CEO Christian von Scheidt to learn more about how robots-as-a-service will modernize turf management, the company’s future plans, and initial fundraising efforts.
The robotics industry is at an inflection point where the baton is being passed from the scientists to the practitioners. In historical terms, we are witnessing the Edisons of the world harness the innovations of the likes of Faraday to create life-changing businesses and wealth. Automation has moved from smart manufacturing and logistics to fry cooking and salad tossing.
Isolation from the pandemic has been especially hard on older adults, many that are in need of some form of support (both large and small) for activities of daily living. Over the last decade, a record portion of the population has been turning 65 each year in the UK, fueled by baby boomers. The combination of these two factors has made home health care a pillar of the healthcare system to support the needs of the elderly population and their families. Lifted is a comprehensive home care management platform that makes it easy for families to access, use, plan for, and manage their home care needs. The home care industry is extremely fragmented and navigating the landscape can be difficult to find trusted providers. Lifted brings transparent, and reliable experience to the process with its own dedicated staff (other providers rely on contract workers), digital-first experience, and resources. London TechWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Rachael Crook to learn more about how her experience caring for her mother inspired the company, the state of the industry, strategic plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Fuel Ventures, 1818 Venture Capital, Perivoli Innovations, the J.B. Ugland family office, Kluz Ventures through its new health affiliated fund Novit Ventures, and VOYAGERS HealthTech.
Millennials are more apprehensive about getting any type of insurance than previous generations. As more and more millennials forgo homeownership, they are exposing themselves to financial risk when they choose not to secure renters’ insurance for their possessions while renting. Urban Jungle is a digital-first rental insurance platform that offers fast, flexible and affordable insurance options that start at just £5/mo. Targeted towards younger consumers interested in preparing for their financial future, the company was able to double its customer base to 40,000 during the pandemic with plans to expand its offering. AlleyWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Jimmy Williams to learn more about Urban’s Jungle experience building traction during the pandemic, strategic growth plans, and latest round of funding from investors that include Mundi Ventures and Eka Ventures.
Synder is a personal financial assistant for small to medium-sized businesses in the eCommerce sphere. Synder carries out all bookkeeping and accounting tasks for your business. It doesn’t matter which sales channels or payment processors you use, whether it is Stripe, Square, Shopify, Amazon, eBay, PayPal, Etsy, or WooCommerce.
Thanks to loosening restrictions, we are beginning to see the many health benefits of CBD, at scale, for the first time, allowing people to reap the benefits of cannabidiol without the high. The plant extract is being added to countless items like toothpicks, breath sprays, and even cheeseburgers to help people alleviate stress, sleep better, and reduce anxiety. TRIP is a CBD brand focused on more manageable and convenient uses like drinks and oil. The company presently offers four CBD-infused drinks that are convenient on the go. TRIP also offers a line of CBD oils that are used by placing a drop under your tongue. Both products are available direct-to-consumer through the company’s website and through select retailers. London TechWatch caught up with Cofounder Olivia Ferdi to learn about how the brand came to fruition, international expansion, and recent round of funding from investors that include Christian Angermayer and Maria Raga.
This burgeoning Australian Fintech ecosystem is ready to showcase some of the leading Fintech innovators in Australia to the rest of the world. Here are ten-market ready startups that are poised for international expansion.
Project management platforms are among one of the best investments that businesses can use to be competitive and increase productivity. While functionality and features vary from platform to platform, most project management tools focus on planning, resource allocations, time management, and change management. Forecast is an AI-powered project management platform that centralizes all projects, resources, accounting, collaboration, and business intelligence into a single location. The platform integrates a number of the most popular SaaS tools that businesses already using like GitHub, Google Drive, Asana, Okta, Jira, Excel, Quickbooks, Salesforces, Slack, and Trello. By integrating artificial intelligence, the platform is always learning and able to provide predictive estimates based on past historical projects resource management. Founded in 2016, Forecast has helped managed over 178,000 projects with 4M+ tasks. With the use of AI directly in the platform, customers have been able to reduce administrative work by as much as 50%. London TechWatch caught up with CEO and Cofounder Dennis Kayser to learn more about how a student project during university inspired the founding of the business, the benefits that AI is bringing to project management, the company’s latest round of funding from investors that include Balderton Capital, Crane Ventures Partners, SEED Capital, and Heartcore.
There is a not-so-hidden cost of regulatory compliance and an increasingly global economy, the costs and complexities of compliance can increase very quickly when operating across multiple jurisdictions. In large firms, it has been estimated that this cost can routinely run in excess of $10,000 per employee. Navigating ever-changing laws also introduces new challenges. Libryo is an automated, cloud-based platform that helps organizations manage their regulatory requirements in any jurisdiction with a vast registry. Users of the platform can easily understand and comply with their Environmental, Health, & Safety (EHS) legal obligations in real-time, alerted when issues may arise. The platform currently supports 79 countries, with over 15,000 users, covering 13,000+ laws. London TechWatch caught up with Cofounder and CFO Malcolm Gray to learn more about the motivation for creating a global regulatory data platform, the company’s strategic plans, and latest round of funding led by Future Energy Ventures.