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UK funding rounds: Ambitious early-stage tech startups that got investments in Feb 2021

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The month of February 2021 has been truly sizzling as compared to January. We saw some of the most substantial funding rounds like Peak AI, and more. At the same time, TransferWise renamed itself to Wise ahead of a possible IPO, and Bumble got IPO listed, just ahead of Valentine’s Day.

While UKTN was on top of all this news, we did miss to cover some of the most notable funding rounds that also took place this month. But as our readers already know by now, we never miss a chance to acknowledge the fast-growing early-stage tech startups in the UK tech space, so here we are giving an undeniable spotlight to those who definitely have earned some for their hard work and super innovations adding shining stars to the country’s landscape.

Let’s take a look at these enticing startups.

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Inflow got £587K

Founder/s: George Sachs, Levi Epstein, Sebastian Isaacs

Founded year: 2020

Funding: £533K

London-based Inflow, a science-based digital program for people affected by Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) secured $680K (nearly £587K) in a pre-seed funding round. The investment came from Rhythm VC and angel investors, including Mike Gibbs, the co-founder of Second Nature.

Operating with the mission to help every person with ADHD reach their full potential, Inflow released an official statement to use the investment in product development, growing their scientific advisory team, and expanding the team to deliver an industry-leading program.

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Loc.Tax secured £2.5M

Founder/s: Bart van Remortele, Hans Kayaert, Kasparas Aleknavičius, Stevi Frooninckx

Founded year: 2020

Funding: NA

Another London-based company founded last year, Loc.Tax, a collaborative tax management platform for multinational companies, pocketed $3.6M (nearly £2.5M) funding. The round was led by Cavalry Ventures along with participation from Seedcamp, Mustard Seed Maze, and Amaranthine, and European angel investors.

The tax tech startup announced that it would use the fresh funding to expand its development team.

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ReFlaunt raised £1.9M

Founder/s: Felix Winckler, Philippe Benedetti, Stephanie Crespin

Founded year: 2017

Funding: £2.16M

ReFlaunt is a Resale-as-a-Service (RaaS) company that empowers global fashion brands focused on enabling circularity. The London-founded company bagged $2.7M (nearly £1.9M) Series A funding this month.

MadaLuxe Group led the round along with participation from The Mills Fabrica, former Jimmy Choo CEO and Coty Senior Advisor Pierre Denis, Ganni founder and former CEO Nicolaj Reffstrup, Textile Innovation Fund, Piquadro, Bluebell Group and sustainable fashion accelerator Fashion For Good.

ReFlaunt intends to use the funds to add talent to its technology and business development team.

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Ad-Lib grabbed £4.3M

Founder/s: Oli Marlow-Thomas

Founded year: 2017

Funding: £9.4M is a tech startup founded by a group of former Google execs and offers creative workflow tools. Recently, it raised $6M (nearly £4.3M) Series A funding. The round was led by Fog City Capital, a leading venture capital firm based in San Francisco that focuses on technology and services companies in the marketing value chain.

The London-based company, which has about 120 employees worldwide, has announced that the new investment will be deployed to accelerate their platform and also will be used for global expansion.

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Jigsaw got £2.7M

Founder/s: Alex Durrant, Max Adamski

Founded year: 2016

Funding: £3.1M

Tinder and Bumble rival from the UK, the dating app startup Jigsaw also recently announced that they secured £2.7M in a seed funding. The round was led by online dating company The Relationship Corp and supported by tech angel investors in the UK and US.

Positioned as a dating app that hides users’ faces, Manchester-based Jigsaw was launched in the US last year during November 2020 and amassed a community of 50,000 singles looking for a more unique dating app experience. The company intends to grow its community to over half a million in the next six months.

Intelligence Fusion
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Intelligence Fusion takes £400K

Founder/s: Michael McCabe

Founded year: 2014

Funding: £1.5M

Durham-based threat intelligence company Intelligence Fusion also secured £400K investment in a round led by Maven Capital Partners (Maven), a fund provided by the Finance Durham Fund, The Future Fund and existing investors.

As informed in the company press release, the investment will be used to support the business as it enters the next phase of growth, after it has developed and launched its intelligence data feed platform two years ago. Further, Intelligence Fusion intends to continue its growth in the expanding global intelligence market.

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SKOOT zips £300K

Founder/s: Greg Gormley, Mark Stringer

Founded year: 2020

Funding: £3.2M

The mobility app company from the UK capital, SKOOT promotes and facilitates lift sharing and lets passengers share the cost of the journey. They also bagged £300K this month.

The funding round was led by Low Carbon Innovation Fund 2 (LCIF2). Notably, Turquoise, a UK merchant bank specialised in energy, efficiency and environment announced the seventh deal for LCIF2. The LCIF2 invests in eligible small to medium-sized businesses based in England, particularly the areas that will have a beneficial environmental impact. As a result, the fund has invested in the carbon-negative mobility app.

With the latest funding, SKOOT aims to continue its expansion plans in Europe, North America, Canada and Australia.

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CorrosionRADAR secures £2.9M

Founder/s: Chiraz Ennaceur, Mehrdad Silatani, Prafull Sharma

Founded year: 2017

Funding: £6.3M

CorrosionRADAR, which is based in Cambridge is a predictive corrosion monitoring tech company that energises the global push on industrial digitalisation. The UK startup also recently bagged £2.9M in a funding round led by Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV).

The investment will be used to drive the next phase of the global growth of CorrosionRadar. Furthermore, the company will strengthen its operations and widen its efforts to address Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) and other operational challenges with the help of digitalisation.

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Sticky Connections gets £332K

Founder/s: Priscilla Israel, James Garner

Founded year: 2019

Funding: £332K

Sticky Connections lets developers develop a new kind of application that is digital and physical. The company claims to deliver a physical↔digital experience to users. The sticky is made of premium, weatherproof polypropylene, which is possible with the collaboration with FastPrint.

Sticky Connections secured £325K seed funding in a round led by SFC Capital in a recent move. Sticky offers businesses a fixed and market-leading 1.5%+5p fee on every transaction irrespective of the type of payment, and its goal is to take that to 1% in 2021.

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Founder/s: Nadia Sood, Philip Hua, Varun Sahni

Founded year: 2017

Funding: NA

London-based business loans startup CreditEnable also recently secured $2M (nearly £1.4M) in pre-series A funding. Startup incubator Venture Catalysts led the round along with its UK arm JPIN Venture Catalysts.

It has been announced that the company will use the fund to enhance its technology platform. Prior to this, CreditEnable raised $5M (nearly £3.5M) seed funding from SunGard CEO Cris Conde, Alter Global and Astia and Floreat.

Did we miss any other important funding rounds this month? Do write to us at if we missed to write about you.