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

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.

Tray.io raises $2.2m for its "integration marketplace"

Tray.io 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".