Baby2Body made Disrupt 100

Baby2Body made Disrupt 100

The Baby2Body online platform offers advice and inspiration around a woman’s unique concerns during pregnancy and new motherhood – regarding her psychological wellbeing, nutrition, fitness, and beauty. The evidence-based content is timely, relevant and actionable to ensure the right information is delivered across multiple channels at the right time in a direct, unbiased and personalised format.

Baby2Body closes $850k round as part of its early-stage funding

Baby2Body, the first company to address maternal wellbeing in the UK, has closed a $850,000 round as part of its early-stage funding. 

Baby2Body provides innovative, digital platforms to guide and inspire new and nearly mums to make healthier lifestyle choices. It provides a curated content of fitness, nutrition, wellbeing and beauty throughout pregnancy and for three years as a new mum. 

Since launching in early 2015, Baby2Body has already accumulated 120,000+ unique users, growing by 1,000 new users per day.

The investment round was led by Firestartr, with participation from Downing Ventures, the London Co-Investment Fund, and a collection of angel investors. Baby2Body will use the funding to invest in its digital presence with the launch of a new app and a premium content experience that is more interactive and personalised to each user.

Cronofy scores $1.6M

Cronofy, the U.K. startup that offers a calendar API to help businesses and their customers synchronise calendars, has raised a $1.6m seed round led by Firestartr alongside Amsterdam-based venture capital firm henQ.

“We’re the plumbing that connects apps and services with peoples calendars,” explains Cronofy founder Adam Bird. “Our customers are SaaS providers”. 

Cronofy customers include flight search engine Skyscanner, Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) providers and health professionals booking platform Zesty.

Richard Muirhead, Firestartr co-founder and chairman, says “Synchronising schedules has become critical for many millions more people, driven by smart phones, the gig economy and crazy calendars. Software developers crave easy ways to embed great functionality into their apps and websites, so we really like Cronofy’s developer-driven route to market.”

Gojimo picks up a further $1.8m funding

Gojimo, the exam preparation app, has closed a round of $1.8m funding from investors Robin and Saul Klein (LoveFilm co-founder), Deborah Quazzo (GSV Advisors), the London Co-Investment Fund, CrowdBnk and Firestartr. 

Founded in 2013, Gojimo has been previously backed by London VC Index Ventures and JamJar Investments. It has raised a total of over $3m.  

“The two most popular ways to revise are still physical textbooks and past papers. We change that by delivering an extensive library of high quality assessment material to their mobile phone for free.” says George Burgess, who founded the startup after dropping out of Stanford.

More than 300,000 students have used the app in May alone (exam time in the UK) - 20% of all GCSE and A level students. The app contains more than 180,000 quiz questions for exams such as GCSE, A levels and the International Baccalaureate.

Big Data For Humans Secures $1.2m Seed Investment to Spark Growth

Big Data For Humans, the leading European data science-as-a-service provider for the retail and travel sector, has secured a $1.2 million seed funding round led by EC1 Capital with further investment from Firestartr, Scottish Investment Bank and a group of four Angel investors. 

Big Data For Humans is an alumni of Techstars, the world’s leading tech incubator, and in 2014 received investment from their US-based funds. Today, it has secured UK clients from large supermarkets to niche travel companies. 

“Big Data For Humans is revolutionizing the way businesses leverage their data science. We're at the forefront of the next wave of marketing software, enabling marketing and commercial executives to use data science-as-a-service without the cost of expensive teams and infrastructure." - Peter Ellen, CEO at Big Data For Humans

Peak helps improve memory of schizophrenia sufferers

In April 2015 Peak began a collaboration with Cambridge University's department of Psychiatry, resulting this month is the launch of the Cambridge University & Peak Advanced Training Plan - a memory game, available within Peak's iOS app, designed to train visual episodic memory while promoting learning. Researchers found that the memory game could improve a patient's episodic memory, helping in an area where drugs have failed.

TransferWise named global Technology Pioneer 2015

Congratulations to TransferWise for being named a global Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.

It has been recognized as one of the 49 early-stage companies from around the world that are involved in the design, development and deployment of new technologies, and are poised to have a significant impact on business and society. 

We Are Colony closes $2m seed round

Congratulations to We Are Colony, the VoD streaming platform for special and exclusive film content, for closing its round of funding after raising a $2m seed round. 

Investors include Firestartr as well as New York media VC fund Archer Gray, Essex Innovation, and angel investors. 

Yoyo Wallet now connects with Apple Pay

"Users of Yoyo Wallet can now make a payment using Apple Pay as their preferred funding method, automatically collect loyalty points/stamps and receive a fully itemized digital receipt that tells you exactly what you bought. All this via a scan of a QR code on your iPhone or Apple Watch! Basically, everything you just read after the payment part is a world first when it comes to using Apple Pay."

ClusterHQ announces collaboration with Docker

ClusterHQ and Docker have announced their new collaboration on The Docker Plugin project, set in motion for developers to easily use the rapidly expanding set of tools created by the huge Docker ecosystem.

The Docker Plugin project exponentially grows options available to Docker users. IT operations can be simplified, their cost reduced and a broader array of production use cases can be realized on the Docker platform. 

The collaboration was announced at DockerCon on Monday June 22.

Firestartr leads Urban Massage funding round

Firestartr has led a round of funding into Urban Massage, a platform powering on-demand beauty and wellness services ("Uber for massage"). The round was completed alongside existing investors Passion Capital, new investors Samos and Felix Capital, and a number of angels. It was announced on June 2nd in Techcrunch. raises $2.2m for its "integration marketplace" has raised a seed round of $2.2m, which it will use to continue to build out its product as well as partnerships in Silicon Valley.

The round was led by True Ventures, with participation from Redpoint Ventures and Angelpad, and builds on the previous $600,000 angel round in which Firestartr participated. 

Peak scores $7m Series A round

Peak, the brain training app, raised a $7m Series A round in April 2015. It was led by Creandum and includes the participation of existing investors DN Capital, London Venture Partners (LVP) and Qualcomm Ventures. 

Peak has now reached a total of $10m raised, and will use the additional capital to grow its team of neuroscientists and engineers, and to work towards its mission to map "the world's cognitive performance".