Firestartr

Firestartr helps the most promising digital entrepreneurs take their companies from seed stage to Series A and beyond. Beyond providing capital, they draw on their entrepreneurial successes and senior operational experience with leading technology companies to support sustainable growth in their portfolio. Their deep domain expertise, combined with an unrivalled network of advisors, enable us to make meaningful connections at the right time and propel companies with hands-on support.

Chipper Boulas

Co-Founder and General Partner

47 past transactions

Tray.io, Inc

Seed Round in 2012
Tray.io provides a cloud-based software integration platform for automators. Tray.io believes that any organization can and should automate. With the Tray Platform, citizen automators throughout organizations can easily automate complex processes through a powerful, flexible platform, and can connect their entire cloud stack thanks to APIs. With Tray.io’s visual workflow builder, customers can create automation to drive their business processes without writing a single line of code.

Mamo Pay

Series A in 2021
Mamo Pay provides payments application intended to make money transfers accessible. It allows connecting bank account to its application and enables users to send money quickly and securely to friends and family. It was founded in 2016 and is headquartered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Baby2Body

Seed Round in 2016
Baby2Body is the number one app for women to keep healthy and happy during and after pregnancy. The app is a fully automated health, fitness and wellbeing coaching platform for pregnant women and mothers, helping women to optimize their health and wellbeing. Based on multiple data points from each user, they use machine learning and proprietary, evidenced based content, to deliver personalised information and lifestyle advice: fitness, nutrition, psychological and emotional wellbeing and updates on the growth and development of their baby. Backed by science and expert -led, the company has reached over a million women in 100 countries, and continues to grow.

Yoyo Wallet

Seed Round in 2013
Yoyo Wallet is a U.K.-based mobile wallet startup that enables its users to pay for their goods with their smartphones. The company currently processes over 150,000 monthly in-store transactions by combining payment and loyalty via an easy scan. It also provides a marketing platform for retailers that enables digital customer engagement in-store. The multi-retailer mobile wallet offers loyalty programs and rewards offerings it can automatically deliver to customers based on buying patterns. Launched in 2013, Yoyo Wallet receives funding from Taavet Hinrikus and TransferWise.

Air Media, Inc.

Series A in 2015
AIR.TV enables the distribution and monetization of viral videos on websites. Publishers and content owners are now able to generate earnings when publishers embed videos on their website. It's completely automatic and it works with existing articles, embeds, and workflow. Publishers add one line of code to their site to start generating earnings. AIR.TV is based in Los Angeles. Visit us at www.air.tv to learn more.

Baby2Body

Seed Round in 2017
Baby2Body is the number one app for women to keep healthy and happy during and after pregnancy. The app is a fully automated health, fitness and wellbeing coaching platform for pregnant women and mothers, helping women to optimize their health and wellbeing. Based on multiple data points from each user, they use machine learning and proprietary, evidenced based content, to deliver personalised information and lifestyle advice: fitness, nutrition, psychological and emotional wellbeing and updates on the growth and development of their baby. Backed by science and expert -led, the company has reached over a million women in 100 countries, and continues to grow.

Adbrain

Series A in 2014
Adbrain Ltd. operates a real-time, self-service, multi-screen demand-side advertising platform. Its platform maps customer relationships across various Internet connected devices, channels, and platforms; creates an actionable single customer view; targets customers as they switch between various Internet connected devices; and measures user behavior. The company’s platform also provides a transparent media buying model that champions self-service tools, allowing advertisers to run campaigns and own generated insights. Adbrain Ltd. was incorporated in 2012 and is based in London, United Kingdom with additional operations in New York. As of October 24, 2017, Adbrain Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of The Trade Desk, Inc.

Clarisights

Series A in 2021
Clarisights develops a data ingestion and analytics platform that enables marketers to gain insights from data coming in from various sources. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in Palo Alto, California.

Gojimo

Seed Round in 2015
The brain child of George Burgess, Gojimo was born in 2009, when George became frustrated with the lack of quality educational apps. With help from his teachers he started Gojimo, which quickly became a success amongst his fellow students. Whilst at university, George formed relationships with the world’s top educational publishers, bringing premium content to Gojimo from the likes of Oxford University Press and McGraw-Hill Education. It soon became apparent that being a full-time student whilst running a successful company was pretty much impossible and George dropped out of university to dedicate his time to Gojimo in 2013. The company has since secured backing from some of Europe’s top investors, including Index Ventures and JamJar Investments, the consumer venture fund started by the amazing founders of innocent drinks. In March 2017, Gojimo was acquired by Telegraph Media Group.

RailsBank

Private Equity Round in 2020
Railsbank Technology Ltd develops an API banking and compliance technology platform that connects together a global network of partner banks with companies. The platform provides companies with access to wholesale banking services in five lines of code. It enables users to create bank accounts, streamline technical integration with banks, and connect to payment schemes to receive and send money to/from these accounts. Railsbank Technology Ltd was founded in 2016 and is based in London, United Kingdom with additional offices located in Singapore, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka.

Studentfinance, S.L.

Seed Round in 2021
StudentFinance is a Fintech and Edtech company that aims to solve the skills gap, while transforming the trillion dollar education industry.they assess the skills society needs and make education affordable and accessible through Income Share Agreements. their technology and predictive model create an intelligence layer between talent,education programmes and employers to bring transparency and maximize employment outcomes.

Gr4vy

Series A in 2021
Gr4vy, Inc. provides a could payment orchestration platform. The company also offers a hub for reporting, monitoring, and managing payments infrastructure. The company was incorporated in 2020 and is based in San Mateo, California.

BitPesa

Seed Round in 2014
BitPesa Ltd. is a digital currency exchange that accepts Bitcoin and exchanges it to Kenyan Shillings. The company operates an online platform that leverages blockchain settlement and opens corridors for business payments and trade between Africa and the rest of the world. The company was founded in 2013 and is based in Karen, Kenya.

Banked

Series A in 2022
Banked develops a payment platform which can be used in various applications. The company connects people’s bank account data to third party applications, which is delivered via secure application program interface (API). Banked’s platform has features such as bank account connections, spending analysis, balance and income verification, and low-cost payments. The company was founded in 2018 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Verse

Venture Round in 2019
Verse is the payments technology platform that takes the friction out of storing, spending and sharing money. The mobile app allows you to share payments easily, instantly and with no hidden fees and also allows you to choose whether your transactions are private or public so that you can have fun while keeping track of your financial activities. Verse is available for both Android and iOS-based phones and transactions are completed in less than two business days. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Barcelona, Spain.

Giant Swarm GmbH

Angel Round in 2015
Giant Swarm GmbH operates a microservice infrastructure platform. The company’s customized infrastructure includes a range of open source tools, which specialize in automating infrastructure deployment and maintenance, and allow running, managing, and scaling microservices. Its infrastructure comprises distributed storage, overlay networking, and key management components; facilitates monitoring, logging, dashboards, CI/CD, and chatops; manages the core; integrates with open source technologies; keeps datacenter agnostic (on-premises and clouds); and works behind firewalls and supports multi-zoning, and advanced compliance and security requirements. The company also provides a range of customer support services. Its managed microservices infrastructure serves customers ranging from startups to enterprises to run agile, resilient, and distributed systems at scale. The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Cologne, Germany.

RailsBank

Seed Round in 2017
Railsbank Technology Ltd develops an API banking and compliance technology platform that connects together a global network of partner banks with companies. The platform provides companies with access to wholesale banking services in five lines of code. It enables users to create bank accounts, streamline technical integration with banks, and connect to payment schemes to receive and send money to/from these accounts. Railsbank Technology Ltd was founded in 2016 and is based in London, United Kingdom with additional offices located in Singapore, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka.

EatUpp

Seed Round in 2017
EatUpp’s founders know all too well that lunch is often a sub-standard sandwich or, on a good day, an overpriced burrito. Good food need not be expensive. This is what made them quit their office jobs and start EatUpp.

Hubble

Venture Round in 2017
Hubble makes renting office space easy. It is an online marketplace to match those looking to rent office space with those who have it. They focus on co-working, shared offices and private serviced offices within specific hubs in London. They wrap the entire transaction to allow businesses to search across all office types, pay your rent, sign your contract and satisfy all your office needs in just a few clicks. Their platform means that they allow tenants and office providers to find each other quickly and easily. Moreover, they reduce the admin burden to create even more value for both sides of the market.

Brisk

Seed Round in 2013
Brisk finds the fastest paths to sales for customers like Evernote, Hootsuite and Zendesk. Brisk Enterprise implements your sales process, converts all your sales tool data into next steps for sales reps and customizes workflow for every team and role. Brisk.io has launched its first product GetSalesDone, available in the Apple App Store, which integrates with Salesforce.com. The company is headquartered in Malmo, Sweden.

RailsBank

Series A in 2019
Railsbank Technology Ltd develops an API banking and compliance technology platform that connects together a global network of partner banks with companies. The platform provides companies with access to wholesale banking services in five lines of code. It enables users to create bank accounts, streamline technical integration with banks, and connect to payment schemes to receive and send money to/from these accounts. Railsbank Technology Ltd was founded in 2016 and is based in London, United Kingdom with additional offices located in Singapore, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka.

ClusterHQ

Seed Round in 2014
Cluster HQ is a Saas service to make container virtualisation (eg Docker) useful for database driven services. The company is based in Bristol, UK but is global in its ambitions.

Cloud 66

Seed Round in 2014
Cloud 66 is a venture-funded technology company based in San Francisco and London. For micro-services, Rails or Node.js. applications, Cloud 66 specializes in Ops tools for Devs, enabling them to build, deliver, deploy, and manage any application on any cloud or server. Cloud 66 automates much of the heavy-lifting required for the application lifecycle through easy-to-use but feature-rich integrated management tools. Cloud 66's developer toolchain includes Skycap, a complete Container Delivery Pipeline: production-minded, opinionated, secure, and enables true automation, whether hosted or on-prem.

Cronofy Limited

Seed Round in 2016
Cronofy Limited develops calendar API that integrates, maintains, and monitors activities across calendar service providers. The company’s API creates, manages, and monitors the activity of calendars and events on Google Calendar, iCloud, Office 365, Exchange, and Outlook.com. Its solution is used in various cases, including appointment reminders, bookings and cancellations, CRM augmentation, live travel itineraries, mobile calendar sync, and team wide appointment setting. The company serves businesses. Cronofy Limited was formerly known as Flock Ventures Ltd and changed its name to Cronofy Limited in February 2016. Cronofy Limited was incorporated in 2011 and is based in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

Compass

Seed Round in 2013
Compass provides a solution for automated management reports and benchmarks for small and medium-sized online businesses. Its analytics and bench-marking platform offers relevant metrics, reference points, and benchmarks of the metrics against similar businesses and also generates automated recommendations regarding how to improve those metrics that enable eCommerce businesses to accelerate their growth with unique and actionable insights to help them grow and improve their performance.

Bitaccess Inc.

Seed Round in 2014
Founded in November 2013, Bitaccess is a privately held technology company headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Bitaccess provides software services to power Fintech businesses in over 15 countries. Our customers rely on Bitaccess software and services to power their core infrastructure, compliance, security and support services. Bitaccess’ mission is to provide every person and business with access to public blockchain technology. We promise to develop technologies that are secure, accessible and easy-to-use

Korbit

Seed Round in 2014
Korbit provides online bitcoin exchange, wallet, and merchant processor services. Kangmo Kim, Louis Jinhwa Kim, and Tony Lyu founded it on July 5, 2013, with its headquarters in Seoul in South Korea as a subsidiary of NXC as of September 26, 2017.

Yoyo Wallet

Seed Round in 2014
Yoyo Wallet is a U.K.-based mobile wallet startup that enables its users to pay for their goods with their smartphones. The company currently processes over 150,000 monthly in-store transactions by combining payment and loyalty via an easy scan. It also provides a marketing platform for retailers that enables digital customer engagement in-store. The multi-retailer mobile wallet offers loyalty programs and rewards offerings it can automatically deliver to customers based on buying patterns. Launched in 2013, Yoyo Wallet receives funding from Taavet Hinrikus and TransferWise.

incrediblue

Seed Round in 2015
incrediblue introduces the new smart way to experience boating. By offering high-quality vacation packages, we deliver a fun, worry-free experience to travellers who have grown bored of hotels and help trustworthy boat owners grow their business. Featuring a wide range of boats in several sailing destinations around the world, incrediblue brings you one step closer to nature at fair prices. incrediblue's mission is to establish boating as the top vacation choice for all travellers.

TransferWise

Series C in 2015
TransferWise Ltd. provides international money transfer services. The company enables users to send money and businesses to make payments. It also provides an application that enables users to track their transfers on the go, or make new ones. TransferWise Ltd. was formerly known as Exchange Solutions Ltd. and changed its name to TransferWise Ltd. in September 2012. The company was founded in 2010 and is based in London, United Kingdom with additional offices in Tallinn, Estonia and New York, New York.

Status.im

Seed Round in 2018
Status is a browser, messenger, and gateway to a decentralized world. Status is building the tools and infrastructure for the advancement of a secure, private, and open web3. As a product, Status is an open source, Ethereum-based app that gives users the power to chat, transact, and access a revolutionary world of DApps on the decentralized web. With the high level goals of preserving the right to privacy, mitigating the risk of censorship, and promoting economic trade in a transparent, open manner, Status is building a community where anyone is welcome to join and contribute.

Second Home

Seed Round in 2014
Second Home Ltd. leases and operates workspaces for entrepreneurs, innovators, and social businesses in London, Lisbon, and Los Angeles. The company was incorporated in 2013 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

BTCjam

Seed Round in 2014
With $11 million dollars in loan volume and growing, BTCJam has served more than 100,000 users from over 200 countries. BTCJam’s mission is to offer affordable credit to everyone. The company employs a proprietary credit scoring algorithm to predict the repayment rate of borrowers, and uses bitcoin to offer fast and inexpensive transactions. If you would like to borrow bitcoin, apply for loans with rates as low as 6.7% APR. Want to earn interest on your bitcoin? Investments on BTCJam average 19% APR. Integrated with Coinbase, bitcoin transfers are simple for borrowers and investors. Try it today!

SkinNinja

Seed Round in 2018
SkinNinja matches world leading expert evidence (including The International Agency for Research on Cancer and The World Allergy Organisation), to over 200k ingredients, across 800k products.

Coins.ph

Venture Round in 2014
coins.ph Pte. Ltd. provides a mobile wallet that empowers consumers and small businesses to access various financial services. Its mobile wallet allows users to transfer money, pay bills, load phones, and buy and sell bitcoins. The company also offers ATM cash pickup and merchant services, as well as a mobile application. coins.ph Pte. Ltd. was founded in 2014 and is based in Pasig City, the Philippines. coins.ph Pte. Ltd. operates as a subsidiary of PT Go-Jek Indonesia.

LaunchKey

Seed Round in 2012
LaunchKey is a multifactor authentication (MFA) and realtime authorization platform that leverages the mobile devices end-users already own for password-free login, 2-step verification, step-up and adaptive authentication, realtime transaction authorization, on-demand identity verification, multi-party approval, and more -- all through one unified solution that virtually any online or connected application can leverage. It is now a part of iovation, an online and mobile fraud prevention and advanced device-based authentication. Learn more about LaunchKey MFA: https://www.iovation.com/launchkey-mfa

Outlyer

Venture Round in 2015
Outlyer is a self-service infrastructure monitoring platform made for DevOps and microservices. We monitor your full stack—from servers and cloud providers to databases, containers and custom metrics. We give you dashboards, analytics and alerts that are easy to set up and customize for both developer and operations teams. Outlyer is monitoring, done differently.

Urban

Seed Round in 2015
Urban is a wellness service platform used to offer an online wellness appointment portal for booking at-home treatments. The company's platform makes it easy to book treatments such as massage, beauty, personal training, and osteopathy. It seeks to democratize wellness by making wellness rituals accessible in urban cities and making balance an integral part of the cosmopolitan urban lifestyle. Customers can choose between trusted and pre-vetted practitioners by viewing detailed profiles with personal bios, ratings, and reviews while the practitioners take home 72% of bookings. Jack Tang and Giles Williams co-founded Urban in London, England in 2014.

Movivo

Seed Round in 2016
Movivo allows users to cover the cost of their mobile minutes by completing surveys, crowdsourced tasks, and downloading new mobile apps. Movivo allows users to discover new mobile content and to earn free airtime to top up mobile phone. Movivo integrates with telecoms operators and constantly adding new partners from around the world to provide this service.

Big Data for Humans

Convertible Note in 2016
Big Data for Humans Ltd. develops customer marketing platform for supermarkets, fashion and luxury retailers, and airlines. The company offers an automated customer insights engine that uses networks to analyze customers that enable management, marketing department, and data scientists in various businesses. It offers solutions in the areas of personalized campaigns, execute across channels, actionable customer insights, smarter trading, and agile data management. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Wagestream

Corporate Round in 2018
Wagestream allows your employees to have complete control over when they get paid. It effectively ends the need for employee advances, loans and employee stress suffered from short term, unplanned financial obligations. Mission 1#: Provide Financial Freedom to UK workers. Mission 2#: Destroy the Pay Day Loan industry. Ahmee.

Peak

Series A in 2015
Brainbow (now Peak) was founded in 2012 by a Physics PhD and Amazon, EA/Playfish and Google alumni. The company's mission is to reinvent how they consume and ‘play’ with knowledge - making it a more enjoyable experience and building healthy habits. Peak is brain training redesigned for the mobile you. Improve your cognitive skills and build healthy training habits with fun but challenging games, goals and workouts

Big Data for Humans

Seed Round in 2015
Big Data for Humans Ltd. develops customer marketing platform for supermarkets, fashion and luxury retailers, and airlines. The company offers an automated customer insights engine that uses networks to analyze customers that enable management, marketing department, and data scientists in various businesses. It offers solutions in the areas of personalized campaigns, execute across channels, actionable customer insights, smarter trading, and agile data management. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

Streamr Network AG

Seed Round in 2015
Streamr makes it easy for companies and developers to deploy scalable real-time messaging and analytics. Situation rooms, data-driven automation, and powering external applications with real-time data become simple tasks instead of long and costly projects.

Colony

Seed Round in 2015
Colony is global video streaming platform connecting content owners to engaged audiences. Colony's end-to-end technology comprises an innovative isomorphic web application framework, video architecture and full back office suite. Colony launched in public beta in Spring 2015 and attracted registered users in 130 countries. Colony was venture-backed by Archer Gray, Firestartr, The London Co-Investment Fund, Essex Innovation (GV Advisors), Seedcamp and international Angel investors. Colony was acquired by Fantastec Sports Technology in 2017.

Interstellar

Seed Round in 2014
Interstellar is a technology company revolutionizing international payments to deliver faster, cheaper and more reliable global financial solutions. It creates best in class products and solutions, primarily leveraging the Stellar blockchain network. These are either created and operated directly by Interstellar, or identified as benefits to other businesses, who integrate through and leverage the Interstellar Platform to operate on Stellar. Learn more at www.interstellar.com

ChangeCoin

Seed Round in 2014
ChangeCoin is a micropayment infrastructure for the Internet that specializes in the fields of micropayments, bitcoin, social commerce, digital currencies, and payments. It was founded in 2016 and headquartered in San Francisco, California.