StackZone raises £1,500,000 to disrupt the cloud management industry

What is StackZone?

StackZone is the first Cloud Management Platform of its kind.

It is the first all-in-one Cloud Governance Management platform on the market that will provide organisations with simple provisioning, cost management, monitoring, and operations. StackZone leverages the power of automation to revolutionise the way organisations manage their cloud resources.

After several years of focusing on Best Practices around security, governance, and cost optimisation, StackZone’s team produced a solution that can be deployed by the end users with a few clicks, providing:

  • Continuous compliance and governance
  • Self-healing and remediation
  • Cloud Standardisation
  • Specific industry's vertical best practices
  • Why now?

    After the COVID-19 pandemic hit, cloud adoption started to increase faster, and by 2022 it is expected that 55% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud.

    At the moment, there are only very few companies that have embarked on the big task of creating a cloud management platform to help organisations evolve and become exponentially more efficient. Despite the massive adoption, cloud vendors have failed to simplify infrastructure management in the public cloud.

    That is why none of the available alternatives compares to StackZone. While the amount of human resources needed to manage infrastructure has continued to increase, StackZone made it possible to automate so many of the processes that used to take weeks or months and built them in hours

    Fernando Honig, StackZone’s CEO, stated: "We are at a moment when the public cloud is beginning to be a reality for most enterprise companies, and there is a need to automate the processes. StackZone is a solution for most companies, thinking of automation, but security, compliance, and cost efficiency as well".


    Mark Pearson, Founder and Managing Partner at Fuel Ventures told: "We believe StackZone will completely change the industry of Cloud Management. There are big differences we believe this startup can do to help organisations to simplify the management of infrastructure teams, and after all, help them to grow faster".

    What can StackZone do in a nutshell?

    The majority of technical professionals would agree that the top cloud challenges at the moment are security, spend, governance and expertise.

    StackZone provides a platform where all of that can be achieved, because it provides customers with a highly intuitive user interface and the ability to manage their cloud infrastructure. It is the first all-in-one Cloud Governance Management Platform on the market and it will be able to take care of provisioning, cost management, monitoring, and operations, all in one place with the simplicity StackZone can guarantee.

    As a result, it simplifies the management and daily operations of infrastructure teams working in the public cloud and allows organisations to reduce the time invested in research and deployment of cloud infrastructure management.

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    Journee secures £1.75m funding for its traveltech that builds experiential trips to mystery destinations

    Journee, the online tour operator  that matches people with experiential trips to mystery destinations, has secured £1.75 million investment. The seed round is led by ourselves and includes angel investment from Depop’s founder, Simon Beckerman, and CEO, Maria Raga.   

    What is Journee?

    As the world opens back up and people’s appetite for international travel returns, Journee is helping the culturally curious discover unknown destinations. As well as its matchmaking capabilities, Journee uses its technology to manage the booking process end-to-end - from how to get there and where to stay to what to do when you arrive.

    Journee was founded in 2019 by three friends and former Depop colleagues with a passion for travel - Ed Tribe, Megha Chaturvedi and James Gillard. The traveltech firm’s smart technology matches any person with their ideal trip using information gathered from a single questionnaire. Journee’s matchmaking technology is focussed on delivering convenience to the consumer - reducing the time consumers take to plan and book a trip from 10-30 hours to just 15 minutes.  

    What are Journee's future plans?

    To date the traveltech firm has taken more than 1.5k bookings to over 52 mystery destinations and has a 4.9 rating on Trustpilot. With today’s investment and plans to grow their customer base and destination list, Journee wants to make it as easy as possible to book the adventure of a lifetime by delivering an experience better than anyone could book on their own.

    Ed Tribe, Journee’s co-founder said “Our daily lives are so busy with too many things on our to-do-lists. The process of booking a trip can be tedious and by the time you’ve decided on the destination and found the flights and hotel, most people are out of steam. Planning exciting things to do while you are away falls to the wayside. We have created a way to make it unbelievably easy to book an adventure you never knew you needed. And as we want our travellers to embrace the unknown, we don’t tell them where they’re going until they get to the airport!”

    Maria Raga, angel investor and CEO of Depop, added, “We were lucky to get to know Ed, Megha and James while they were at Depop and were impressed with their entrepreneurial spirit. They have a vision to make the world a better place by expanding people’s capacity to explore new cultures and have incredible travel experiences. I am excited to support the Journee team’s ambition to change how people travel.”

    Journee is headquartered in London and has a remote team based in India. The traveltech firm has 15 staff in total and will continue adding to the team to support the customer growth that this new round of investment will bring.

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    Peckwater Brands raises £15 million in latest funding round

    Peckwater Brands (“Peckwater” or “the Company”), the UK’s largest virtual brand company, has secured £15 million in its series A seed funding round.

    This latest funding round, which follows a £3 million seed round in October 2021, brings the business’ post-money valuation to £65 million.

    About Peckwater Brands

    Peckwater Brands (PWB) is a delivery franchising expert, helping restaurants and kitchens of all sizes benefit from the fullest demands of the market by streamlining the process of embracing virtual brands and multiple-franchise solutions. Working with partners across the hospitality spectrum, they can transform any kitchen into a multi-franchise operation, integrating with their existing operations and opening them up to vastly increased demand across different brands and cuisines.

    Founded in 2019, Peckwater Brands builds delivery-only food brands, driven by data-led customer insight, for restaurants up and down the country. The orders are cooked and delivered from existing kitchens alongside their day-to-day operations. The business operates a mix of licensed brands spanning several categories including chicken (Seoul Chikin, Flip the Bird, Wham Bam Wings, Katsu), burgers (Dukes, Proper Tasty) and have also run shared brands with partners such as Unilever, Buzzfeed, and Heinz.

    Who invested in the round?

    Peckwater’s latest funding round was supported by Stonegate Group (“Stonegate”), the UK’s largest pub company with c.4,500 sites nationwide. Stonegate has taken a minority stake in Peckwater, for an undisclosed sum, having trialled Peckwater Brands in some of its pubs. Stonegate is backed by TDR Capital - an investor in major household brands such as ASDA and David Lloyd.

    Investors in this latest round also include SoftBank Investments (SBI), as well as follow on investment from Peckwater’s previous backers Fuel Ventures and Pembroke VCT.

    Suzanne Baker, Commercial Director of Stonegate Group, said: “Peckwater Brands’ partnership with some of our pubs has demonstrated the Company’s exciting potential. As such, we were delighted to collaborate with them, participate in their latest funding round and offer support to this promising team. We look forward to working closely with Peckwater Brands in the coming years to ensure the Company's continued success.”


    Yoshitaka Kitao, the Representative Director, Chairman and President of SBI Investment Co., Ltd. (Tokyo), said: “Following Peckwater Brands’ growth since its previous funding round, we were delighted to have the opportunity to invest in such an exciting business. The Peckwater Brands team have made outstanding progress over the past 12 months, and we look forward to contributing to the future successes of the business.”


    Peckwater Brands’ Series A funding will be used to develop its technology

    Peckwater Brands’ Series A funding will be used to develop its technology that enables kitchen operators to succeed at delivery – including machine learning-generated menus and operations performance improvements.

    Peckwater Brands also plans to use its investment to accelerate its expansion, with its UK team planning to take the Company from operating in 150+ sites to being the largest kitchen network in the UK.

    The Company also plans to level-up its international operations. This will involve the development of its US division, which was launched in Miami in early 2022. Peckwater Brands also plans on expanding further into Europe, with confirmed sites in France and Belgium due to launch in the coming months.

    As part of the investment, co-founder Sam Martin will now become Peckwater Brands’ CEO, with co-founder Leo Bradshaw, taking up the position of Executive Chair.


    Bradshaw said: “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for disruption within the hospitality sector. And Peckwater Brands has done just that. Our innovative use of technology, combined with our expert knowledge of brand management and hospitality has transformed the way restaurants, bars - essentially any venue with a kitchen - approaches branding and customer reach.


    “Our success speaks for itself. From enabling our partners to greatly improve their operations and monthly turnover, to transforming the way the hospitality sector considers franchises, we have demonstrated the true potential of virtual brands. This latest investment will enable us to build upon our existing efforts and accelerate our expansion.”


    Martin added: “We have always been incredibly ambitious with where we can take Peckwater Brands. And, given the rapid success we’ve seen in the UK, we’ve now set out sights on the international stage. Not only have we established a strong presence within the US and UAE, but we are set to make waves across Europe in the very near future - and our latest funding round success will certainly accelerate these plans.”

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    GetMyEquipment has raised £355,000 in a pre-seed round led by Fuel Ventures and other reputed investors from UK and USA.

    What is GetMyEquipment?

    GetMyEquipment is a marketplace for construction rental equipment that helps customers find the best deals from the best suppliers in the area. Customers can compare pricing, availability and customer ratings across all suppliers on a single platform and place an order in one click.Once the equipment is delivered to site, customers can view and manage hired equipment, track spending per project and off-hire in one click.

    Equipment suppliers can expand their business by accessing a wider range of customers online. Suppliers receive enquiries for free directly to their inbox, access customer information directly on the platform, submit quotes to customers privately and receive orders straight to their inbox.

    What has been built so far and what will the pre-seed investment enable them to do?

    GetMyEquipment have launched a digital platform that is available for new customers and suppliers to join online for free. Dozens of customers have been onboarded, who are now ordering regularly through the platform. Thus suppliers are able to access new customers and receive orders online. Dozens of suppliers have been onboarded as well, thus providing customers with the best deals in terms of price, quality and timely delivery.

    The pre-seed investment will enable further development of the online platform and digitalisation of the entire rental chain. The founders are aiming to rapidly onboard more customers and suppliers first in London and surrounding areas and then expanding across the country. As a greater proportion of customers move to ordering online, GetMyEquipment will provide an easy to use end-to-end platform for all their hiring needs.

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    How this 21-year-old entrepreneur is building the world’s best platform for barbers

    Fuel Ventures leads a Pre-Seed round in Barbr, a platform that is looking to totally disrupt the barbering industry.

    When did the idea start?

    When Reef Ray started Barbr back in 2019, he was just looking for an easier way to get a trim. No unnecessary travelling, waiting in a queue for hours or struggling to find a great barber. After playing around with a few ideas ranging from an on-demand mobile barber app to a simple booking system for barbershops, the 21-year-old university drop out decided to look from a different perspective - “most clients want a convenient and high-quality service but what do the barbers want? What if there was a way to make life 10x better for barbers but still offer clients a smooth and convenient experience?”

    Reef spent over a year researching the market, speaking with barbers and learning as much as possible about the barber industry. He quickly discovered that barbering came with a mountain of headaches, none of which involved cutting hair.
    He said “most barbers have a passion for cutting hair and making people look good and feel good, yet each barber is essentially an entrepreneur and has to deal with all of the associated challenges. They need to manage their clients, organise their schedule, process payments, track progress as well as build their brand and market themselves. Ultimately barbers need to manage and grow a business while still remaining focused on the art of barbering.”

    The solution?

    Meet Barbr, a booking platform that helps barbers save time, earn more and unlock their true potential. The app takes care of growth and management, enabling barbers to simplify their bookings, build a digital presence, find new clients, earn more money and become the best at what they love. For clients, it offers convenience and transparency by allowing them to discover, vet and easily book a barber. The long term vision for the company is to build out an ecosystem that offers barbers not only management, growth and independence but also education, new revenue streams and a marketplace that connects barbers with barbershop owners. Barbr has just successfully raised a £175k pre-seed funding round led by Fuel Ventures, one of the UK’s most active early-stage investors, following a successful beta which saw over £100K earned by barbers through the platform. The company is set to publicly launch in April and begin an aggressive rollout across the UK shortly after. At just 21, Reef is the youngest founder to be backed by Fuel Ventures and with such big ambitions for the company, the most exciting times are ahead.

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    Brillband raises £660,000 to disrupt the broadband industry

    The ‘World-first’ app-based broadband provider set for UK trial could make existing technology obsolete.

    THE creators of the ‘world’s first’ app-based broadband provider Brillband believe its pioneering technology will completely transform the broadband industry. Brillband is set for launch in the UK in July following a £660,000 fundraising round led by ourselves, as well as some highly strategic private investment from renowned bankers and industry experts.

    What is Brillband?

    The £3million-valued challenger brand – described as ‘Starling Bank for the broadband industry’ – features app-based technology specifically designed for full-fibre networks that enables users to run their entire broadband service from their mobile phone or tablet device. 

The patent-pending software technology uses the direct connection between the provider and customer to enable the service to build individual usage profiles which automatically optimise the service according to how it’s used, for example for gaming, streaming, working from home or downloading content.

    Brilband’s native consumer-centric features also include 1GB speeds with no entry price points; up-to-the-minute network diagnostics and updates via push notifications; and round-the-clock access to local customer service teams all at customers’ fingertips.

    The state-of-the-art service is the brainchild of entrepreneur and Brillband CEO Duncan Di Biase, who set out to disrupt the sector after becoming infuriated by substandard services offered by major broadband players ‘focused more on profit than the people using them’. 

With the average UK home already estimated to contain more than 10 connected devices – which industry experts predict will rise to more than 50 as early as next year – Mr Di Biase built Brillband on the principle that connectivity is a 21st Century commodity on a par with electricity and water in its significance, yet it is still seen as a luxury by many.

    Mr Di Biase, serial entrepreneur, business development expert and co-founder of investment consultancy Raising Partners, said: “Connectivity is one of the most important commodities in our lives yet too many people have accepted substandard service from existing providers that aren’t set up to meet their needs. People pay exorbitant fees for speeds they don’t receive and it amazes me that nobody seems to question it.

    “They wouldn’t accept it from any other service, so why should they put up with it for their broadband? I was sick of endless calls to customer service lines, frequent dropouts, speeds that don’t represent what’s being paid for usually at rates far in excess of what new customers receive. I just thought – there must be a better way.

“Brillband’s technology is what sets us apart. To our knowledge it’s a world-first – nobody else has it or can copy it – and it’s beauty lies in its simplicity. It removes the obstacles that so many people associate with broadband providers, but it’s only there when people need it. It takes the friction out of broadband.”

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    Brillband’s world-first technology has been developed by some of the brightest brains in broadband, including Chief Technology Officer Justin Fielder, a former Sky Network Director whose successes include building Sky Broadband.
 It will initially operate on the CityFibre network, although the software technology has the capability to be plugged into any fibre broadband network in the world.

    Fielder, who played an important role in the creation of the UK broadband market as we know it, said: “In my 25 years experience, I have never come across a broadband company like Brillband before. It is the first company that really is aiming to truly change the market. Nothing will be done the traditional way, and everything will be built from the ground up placing the customer at its core.”

    Fielder, who has built more than 10 high-profile networks during his 25 year career, says the industry as it exists is out of date, ineffective and harming the planet, one of the key motivators for doing things differently.

    He added: “The broadband industry as we know it was built on outdated analogue technology that wasn’t fit for purpose then and certainly isn’t now. It’s the way the industry has grown up and it’s wrong – and I know, I was part of it. It creates huge amounts of physical waste through a need to replace hardware, and uses criminal amounts of power to run.

    “With Brillband we have been able to say, ‘hang on, this doesn’t work, there is a better way, and start again. Those who truly innovate are the misfits, those who don’t accept the way it’s always been. They are outspoken who challenge the way things are done – they’re the ones who generate and innovate completely new approaches, and that’s what we’re on a mission to do, and we’re very proud of it.

    “Before Uber, nobody thought they needed to see their vehicle coming - now they can’t do without it; before Starling or Monzo, nobody knew they needed to track transactions, now it’s a staple of banking; and before Brillband, nobody knew they needed to control their broadband use in this way – they won’t be able to do without it.

    “Any service provider that isn’t doing what we’re doing pretty quickly is going to have serious problems. We are going to prove the model that shows this is the way to do it. This will have the same impact that streaming had on the DVD rental – anybody left behind will be finished.”

    Alex Breeden, of Fuel Ventures, added: “Brillband has a unique opportunity to become a household challenger brand. Their advantage is they are a green field network with a full, bottom up, clean sheet design for full fibre (FTTP) broadband that isn’t compromised by the legacy networks.”

    Brillband – which will be initially rolled out to a test group of hundreds of app and network customers across Glasgow and Renfrewshire later this year – aims to have 10,000 customers and a team of 20 by the end of 2023, rising to 40,000 customers by the end of 2024. Mr Di Biase estimates the firm will have 120,000 customers by 2025. Vodafone is currently the fifth largest broadband provider in the UK with one million customers.

    Brillband’s Alpha test phase will begin across Glasgow and Renfrewshire in July. Those interested in joining the trial can sign up, and find out more about Brillband here.

    Mr Di Biase chose Scotland as the launchpad for Brillband after falling in love with the country when moving to Glasgow with partner Helena Murphy, also an entrepreneur and investor. He said the warmth and approachability of Scots was exactly what he wanted to build his team around. 

Di Biase, who said he experienced the very worst in customer and staff treatment while working for one of the UK’s largest gym providers, also wants to build a brand based on values customers and staff can believe in, paying employees more than the market rate, providing equity in the company for employees, and providing a flat fee for all customers receiving the same high-speed service. 

As a statement of Di Biase’s intent, Brillband customer service operatives will be paid an average salary of £25,000. The average wage for a customer service operative in the UK broadband industry is £20,000 per year.

    Di Biase said: “The potential is limitless. We can be incredibly agile. We can go after any city in the world with what will be a tried and tested proven method. We have the ability to utilise any privately owned Full Fibre network enabling us to take Brillband to any city in the world where a network exists. I genuinely want Brillband to become Europe’s most loved broadband provider – but it all starts here in Scotland. It would be impossible for an incumbent to do what we’re doing.”

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    London fintech Monspire raises a £600,000 funding round led by Fuel Ventures to help small businesses predict cashflow needs

    Firm also joins AWS’ Startup Loft Accelerator to boost growth

    Who are Monspire?

    Monspire is a tech platform that enables SME’s to access capital in the form of debt. It is a uniquely innovative technology that looks at risk on an affinity basis as opposed to a general basis. This enables more SMEs to access fairer and more appropriate terms. For the providers of capital, they are able to access a portfolio of better understood and proportionate risk and reward.

    What will this £600,000 funding round enable them to do?

    The cash boost will enable Monspire, founded by serial tech entrepreneurs Ben Gillen and Simon Draper, launch to market in April and rapidly onboard new businesses. The entrepreneurs are aiming to make Monspire the global cashflow management platform for small businesses, empowering small business owners to grow their businesses with confidence.

    A Censuswide study of 500 small business owners commissioned by Monspire found that 67% of entrepreneurs believe running day-to-day finances ‘actively distracts’ them from running their business. More than 60% did not consider themselves knowledgeable in business finance when starting their company.

    Ben Gillen, Co-Founder, commented: “Most business owners don’t start their own firm with a desire to spend their time running a finance function. As our study found, it actually distracts them from building their business. With Monspire, we want to give business owners the confidence to grow knowing that their finances are taken care of.”


    The Monspire platform enables small businesses to predict their cashflow needs through its forecasting tool, empowering them to spot funding gaps, while providing access to invoice financing to help plug gaps.

    Gillen continued: “Cashflow gaps kill small businesses. We want to breathe new life into the space with a single view of their finances, allowing entrepreneurs and business owners to focus on what they do best.”


    Monspire has also recently been selected to participate in the AWS Startup Loft Accelerator, an equity-free programme supporting early-stage startups in Europe, Middle East and Africa with technology, product development and go-to-market advice.

    Tom Hibbard at Fuel Ventures, commented: “We are excited to help accelerate the growth of Monspire, a purpose-driven company seeking to solve a tangible problem for small businesses, who form the backbone of the UK economy. Ben and Simon have a proven track record of scaling successful tech firms and we are excited for the product to launch to market.”

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    Fuel led a €550,000 round in Kohomai

    Fuel Ventures has led a €550,000 round in Kohomai, alongside a number of venture capital funds across the EU, UK, and the U.S. including: Seed + Speed and FYRFLY Venture Partners. Kohomai raised a pre-seed round of €550,000 and gaining strategic alliances with renowned experts in the fields of enterprise & deep tech, human resources and talent management.

    Why now?

    On average before the pandemic, it took 5-6 months for new hires to fully integrate in a new company and be 100% productive. Now with all remote & hybrid work that is taking even longer. In addition to that, there is a huge war for talent going on which requires companies to make substantial effort in attracting, enabling, and retaining talent. Therefore, Kohomai are building a solution for engaging onboarding journeys of new hires, which is reducing the time-to-productivity by 80%. With the proactive onboarding framework, talent will be enabled faster, more engaged and stay longer with the company.

    The benefit of an autonomous, mobility and micro-learning driven SaaS solution is an onboarding and talent journey management that will significantly increase team integration and will therefore maximize speed to productivity while reducing attrition of A-player talent. At the same time, talent managers get a powerful tool to eliminate manual work and put it on autopilot.

    The two founders, Aleksa Mitrović and François Lecomte, gained unique insights in their past roles about the opportunity to unlock and maximize productivity and happiness of new joiners quickly.

    Meet the founders

    Aleksa Mitrović has worked and lived in Serbia, India, Slovakia and Germany. He has a background in B2B Sales at FinTech and SaaS companies. He has previously attended batches of the Founder Institute in Berlin and Antler in Oslo. Prior to Kohomai, Aleksa started two tech startups.

    François Lecomte has a background in Software Development and IT, he worked as a software developer and technical coach both for corporates and startups. He attended Antler in Oslo Q12021 and has founded several startups and sold his last startup to Wemanity.

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    MOOT close £12 million credit facility from Espresso Capital

    Espresso Capital announced today that it has provided MOOT, a global ecommerce technology platform, with a £12 million credit facility. The company will use the funds to drive growth in the UK and abroad.

    Who are Moot?

    MOOT is an innovative ecommerce technology company with a mission to provide end-to-end solutions to retail brands, looking to scale their direct-to-consumer offering, both multi-channel and internationally. The company's proprietary technology typically services brands that have outgrown the capabilities of the likes of Shopify and WooCommerce. MOOT provides an EaaS platform for other e-commerce companies while also selling its own luxury furniture e-commerce brand, Olivia’s, direct to consumers.

    What will this £12 million credit facility do for Moot?

    “Venture debt offers the non-dilutive growth we were looking for to help scale our business,” said MOOT CEO, Nick Moutter. “With the capital from Espresso, we’re able to expand the functionality of our ecommerce-as-a-service (EaaS) stack to create hyper-personalized experiences for consumers, while also adding 80 new roles and growing the business through strategic M&A activity overseas.”

    “MOOT has a great team, strong unit economics, and a track record of rapid growth,” said Espresso Capital Managing Director Will Hutchins. “The company has a robust pipeline and we’re excited to be partnering with the company and their investors as they execute on their strategy to further scale and build the business. ”

    “Espresso is truly leading the way in modern day venture debt lending,” said Moutter. “They run a seamless process, are great to work with, and offer facilities that are clearly designed to be founder friendly. We look forward to growing the business together with them.”

    “We’re delighted to have introduced Nick to the team at Espresso,” said Mark Pearson, Managing Partner at Fuel Ventures, one of MOOT’s existing investors. “MOOT is a fantastic company and this non-dilutive financing will only help accelerate its goal of providing a multi-channel EaaS platform globally.”

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    Fuel Ventures invests in Bunsen to build marketplace for school supplies

    Bunsen, a marketplace for school supplies, today announced a pre-seed investment of £250,000 led by Fuel Ventures with other notable investors including the VP International of Snapchat.

    What is Bunsen?

    Bunsen is an online marketplace for school supplies that lets schools compare educational goods from trusted suppliers on a single website - think microscopes, footballs, whiteboards. This saves them time and money on the £3bn national annual spend on classroom equipment. When equipment arrives, schools can keep track of it in an integrated stock management app.

    What are the issues with buying school supplies?

    Currently, schools have to visit supplier sites one by one. It’s hard to find the best price for goods, and schools often lock themselves in with single suppliers, as it’s time consuming to shop around.

    How does Bunsen fix these?

    Bunsen lets schools compare products quickly on a single marketplace website, just as we’re used to doing when buying things for ourselves. When products arrive, teachers can book them out for lessons using a free integrated equipment scheduling app.

    Why now?

    School budgets tighter as ever, and school staff are looking to spend their budgets as efficiently as possible. Meanwhile, the pandemic forced schools online, accelerating their familiarity with technology. B2B marketplaces are transforming every industry: from the steel industry and cannabis industry, and now school supplies

    What has Bunsen built so far?

    After one term of trading, Bunsen already lists 7000 products for sale: largest collection of school science equipment in the UK. Leading school suppliers have listed their products from day one, and over 200 teachers use the equipment scheduling app weekly.

    How is Bunsen different from other EdTech businesses?

    Unlike other EdTech startups, Bunsen is free for schools to use and purchase from. Instead, businesses that sell to schools pay a fee when a purchase is made.

    Meet the founder

    Alex Tep, founder of Bunsen, said, “I used to be a teacher, so I know that buying classroom supplies is an outdated process. Some schools still rifle through paper catalogues and phone orders in. That hasn’t changed since the 1950s. It’s hard to find the best prices, so money that could be better spent on supporting children’s learning is wasted. These frustrations drove me to leave teaching, teach myself to code, and create Bunsen, an online marketplace that lets schools compare prices of educational equipment on a single website, just as you would when buying things for yourself.”

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