Sharktower raises seed funding and appoints chairperson to continue global growth
Sharktower, the Edinburgh-based AI-driven project delivery platform, has raised significant
investment in a £400,000 seed round led by Equity Gap and backed by Scottish Enterprise.
Launched just before the lockdown in 2020, Sharktower has already achieved global reach with clients in the recruitment, education, energy and retail sectors; giving businesses the ability to work consistently across territories. This new funding will enable Sharktower to expand across additional sectors in the UK, and further expand globally.
Sharktower’s intelligent delivery software enables change makers and project leaders to deliver better business outcomes in one simple platform; helping their teams waste less time, collaborate seamlessly and spot problems before they happen.
Sharktower is the product of first-hand experience; with co-founders Craig Mackay and Lynsey Taylor both having witnessed unnecessary project waste and failure rates when delivering large scale transformation and change programmes throughout their careers. As Craig states: “We were painfully aware of how outdated methods and tools were no longer fit to deliver the rapid change needed for businesses to survive. We're all being challenged to deliver more, and at a faster and faster rate, but we still face the stress and frustration of misalignment and surprises in projects.”
Having launched Sharktower as a standalone business just one week before the UK lockdown, the founders quickly realised 2020 would be a challenge, but the online platform has proved to be a valuable resource for clients during the pandemic. Says Lynsey: “The growth of remote working has opened up global opportunities faster than we had expected, and we now have project teams using
Sharktower to deliver projects every hour of the day across the world. This investment will allow us to accelerate our growth and expansion globally.”
Fraser Lusty from Equity Gap commented, “Equity Gap is delighted to conclude this seed investment round in Sharktower. Sharktower is redefining project management, bringing innovation to well- established sectors and markets. By blending intuitive project collaboration with AI-driven analytics and real-time reporting, Sharktower gives teams the tools to deliver better outcomes.” Equity Gap is a business angel syndicate actively investing and co-investing in early-stage Scottish-based companies.
The company is also delighted to announce the appointment of Gordon Cooper as chairperson to help guide the next stage of growth. Having founded and taken VisionWare, an acclaimed software company in the Master Data Management (MDM) space, to a successful multi million pound exit, Gordon brings proven experience to the team in accelerating growth and opening new international markets. Gordon adds: “I'm delighted to be appointed as Chairman of Sharktower. The ability for organisations to deliver better, faster outcomes is even more vital as the economy recovers, and data and AI are the game changers. Sharktower is at the forefront of AI-driven project management and has solid growth potential in various markets.”
As the pace of disruption continues to accelerate, we are all being challenged to deliver more, faster. But we still face the stress and frustration of misalignment and surprises in projects. Traditional project management can no longer keep up with the responsive change that businesses need to survive and grow. When it’s sink or swim, the accepted norms of siloed working, unreliable reporting and missed deadlines have to change.
Sharktower’s adaptive project delivery software was created by experienced project professionals to give businesses clarity, transparency and control in one place. Whether you are delivering business change programs, technology implementation projects or just getting on with the day job,
Sharktower gives you the flexibility to collaborate seamlessly in one platform.
Wherever your teams are based, work can be planned, managed and tracked visually in real-time, and viewed across the entire business. And it's all powered by machine learning models which provide the alerts and insights required to make fast, accurate decisions.
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland's national economic development agency and is committed to growing the Scottish economy for the benefit of all, helping create more quality jobs and a brighter future for every region.