Tuesday, May 24, 2022
BusinessCrowdfunding on the menu for Scots hospitality tech firm

Crowdfunding on the menu for Scots hospitality tech firm

A SCOTS tech firm has announced its intentions to undergo a crowdfunding project in the aims of expanding the business.

Hospitality tech firm ePOS Hybrid is aiming to raise £500,000 in its second seed funding round, underpinning its “future expansion“.

The technology specialist, with offices in Edinburgh and London, has seen impressive demand from investors previously, achieving 145% overfunding in its first funding round, smashing its original £250,000 target.

CEO Bhas Kalangi (L) and Head of Growth Andrew Gibbon.
ePOS Hybrid, Founder and CEO, Bhas Kalangi Andrew Gibbon, Head of Growth

Andrew Gibbon, Head of Growth at ePOS Hybrid, said: “The advances we have made since our last crowdfunding success are game changing.

“From our discussions with key investors over the past six months, it seems that everyone is really excited to be part of our next round.

“However, this also represents a great opportunity for interested members of the public who missed out on our first round, to join us on our exciting journey as we begin scaling internationally.”

He added that the crowdfunding opportunity will go live on the renowned Crowdcube platform in early May and is likely to quickly become oversubscribed.

Founded in Edinburgh by computer science graduate Bhas Kalangi, ePOS Hybrid offers a suite of fully-connected point of sale (POS), fintech and digital ordering solutions for hospitality businesses of all sizes.

The firm’s technology can automate a bar, restaurant or takeaway’s operations and streamline the everyday tasks at a business.

Its various plug and play elements, including POS, operations management and digital ordering solutions, all work together seamlessly on a single platform.

That enables clients to create new sales channels, increase efficiency and drastically reduce the commissions paid to third parties, like food delivery services.

Andrew added: “In the past two years we have helped hospitality businesses to save more than £1.7m in third party commissions.

“That is just one of the milestones we have achieved since our last funding round.

ePOS Hybrid, Founder and CEO, Bhas Kalangi Andrew Gibbon, Head of Growth

“In the past 24 months our platform has also processed more than £94m for UK businesses, a 2,000% increase since our last investment round. 

“We’ve also generated a 400% increase in our customer base, and are now in over 890 UK locations processing more than £6.7 million in sales per month.

“It is these kind of performance figures which gives us confidence that we’ll see strong demand in this funding round.” 

The firm has a number of exciting new products in development and scheduled to launch in the months ahead.

The secured investment will enable ePOS Hybrid to roll out its tech to more businesses in the UK, support international expansion into new territories such as India and enable further innovation.

Andrew added: “We have a number of key growth areas within the business which represent massive scaling opportunities for us.

“This new funding will allow us to take advantage of these and drive the business towards achieving our targeted 10x growth over the next two years.”

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