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Manchester startup Xploro focuses on international expansion with £100K loan

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Based in Manchester, Xploro, a platform using augmented reality, artificial intelligence and gameplay delivers health information to young patients. Now, the company has secured a loan of £100K from the Greater Manchester Export Fund, backed by the Recovery Loan Scheme and delivered by GC Business Finance, a specialist lender.

New appointees for international expansion

The loan will help Xploro to grow its team of experts in Manchester and beyond. Also, the company will focus on international expansion with the fund.

Andy Nichols, Senior Loan Manager at GC Business Finance, said: “Supporting Xploro on its international growth journey has been a pleasure. The technology is already having a positive impact on young patients in the UK, US, Africa and beyond, and has the potential to expand into more markets. We’re looking forward to supporting Xploro and creating more success stories with businesses in Greater Manchester that have rich export potential but can’t necessarily access export finance from traditional lenders in the near future.”

New appointments!

Already, Xploro has used the funding to recruit four new employees to support its expansion into international markets. Rawad Abi Akar has joined Xploro as Lead 3D Artist to build new environments for the platform including content for African audiences and content that can explain intravenous injections.

Kelvin Tavarez has been appointed as Senior Growth Manager and he will drive new business acquisition in the Spanish and US markets. Based in Madrid, Kelvin brings significant experience in both the healthcare and games sectors to Xploro, having previously served as Procurement Project Manager for St John’s Episcopal Hospital in New York and sales executive for Gamelearn.

Bryony Price joined Xploro as Customer Success Manager and she will focus on helping its customers to achieve maximum value from the platform. Before joining Xploro, Bryony served as a Skills Coach at GC Business Growth Hub, provided Business Support to NHS England and served as a Software Consultant at Deeplake Digital, part of Castleton Technology PLC.

Xploro appointed Joe Kemp as Head of Software Engineering to oversee the transfer of the platform’s outsourced operations with Corporation Pop, a Manchester-based digital agency, to in-house at Xploro. Joe, who will also support the company’s expansion plans, previously held senior software engineering roles at Coatsink and QuantuMDx and brings more than 20 years experience of the medical, games and electronics sectors with him.

Dom Raban, CEO and Co-founder at Xploro, said: “We’re so excited to welcome Rawad,Kelvin, Bryony and Joe to Xploro. They have already played a key role in supporting our international growth strategy, and we look forward to them taking us to the next level as we expand into new markets. The support that we’ve received from GC Business Finance and the Greater Manchester Export fund has been second to none, and we’re incredibly grateful to Andy and the team for helping us to scale up globally.