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Portfolio Update - 13.04.2018

eporta have raised a $8m Series A round, supported by Talis, to double their team and expand overseas after securing an impressive 10,000 buyer customer base including Hilton Hotel Group, Accenture and Ted Baker.


Pirate Studios have announced the 30 finalists for their Pirate Prodigy Programme, narrowed down from over 2,000 applications, which has proven to be immensely popular with over 70,000 votes cast for UK emerging music talent.


Onfido hosted a roundtable discussion with ID verification industry leaders regarding the difficult task of meeting data privacy requirements without compromising end user experience, and expected trends following the upcoming implementation of GDPR.


Interiors marketplace eporta raises $8M Series A Round

In this day and age of higher expectation in offices, sourcing your furniture from Ikea  no longer cuts the proverbial mustard. But the furniture industry is notoriously old fashioned, forcing buyers to leaf through hundreds of paper catalogues, most of which are outdated by the time you get around to ordering. The global design and furniture industry is worth $700 billion, and yet most of its processes for customers are stuck in a previous age. Wouldn’t it be better if someone digitised those manufacturer catalogues, and allowed you to order direct, cutting out the middle-men?

This is what eporta is. This London-based B2B interior marketplace startup, has now raised $8 million in a Series A funding round led by US investor Canvas Ventures. It also includes venture capitalists LocalGlobe, Oxford Capital Partners, Talis Capital, Samos Ventures, as well as angel investors Guy Hands, Ed Wray (co-founder, Betfair), Rohan Blacker (founder,, Simon Kain (co-founder of Zoopla) and Will Cooper (founder,

Founded in 2015, eporta allows interior designers, architects, property developers, offices and other businesses to find and purchase furniture pieces directly from manufacturers around the world online. The Hilton Hotel Group, Accenture,  Ted Baker, and Charlotte Tilbury are included amongst its clients.

Eporta lists over 1,000 sellers in 55 countries and over 10,000 buyers in 85 countries. The idea is that companies that purchase items on eporta can expect to save up to 50% off retail pricing. eporta’s revenue model enables suppliers to pay a low commission to utilise the platform. The service is free for buyers to sign up to, with best pricing guaranteed.

The startup was founded by Manchester-born and Oxford University-educated Aneeqa Khan who previously led strategy at property marketplace Zoopla  and oversaw its £919 million IPO in June 2014. Her technical cofounder is Simon Shillaker, a friend from university.

Khan said: “Our manufacturer base is now the largest global database of manufacturers online for trade.” And she says small interior designers can use the service, as well as larger businesses. “If you are someone who has a project — it could be a commercial project or a residential project — if you’re using eporta you’re going to find the best pieces and you’re going to have more selection than you would do anywhere else in the world.”

Recent projects include a large office fit-out for Accenture (where they worked with Studio Jenny Jones interior design practise), the start-up make-up brand Charlotte Tilbury who worked with them to fit out their new space, and Ted Baker’s property development arm on a range of projects.



Portfolio Update - 12.05.2017

Darktrace are now approaching a Unicorn valuation after striking a partnership with Siemens to protect the vulnerable critical infrastructure of utilities and energy enterprises.  After recently winning four Stevie Awards including “Fastest Growing Tech Company”, they have now been nominated by the Evening Standard for “Tech Start-up of the Year” as well.

eporta, a B2B trade marketplace, has grown to provide over 1,000 high quality supplier brands under the impressive leadership of their CEO & Founder Aneeqa Khan who led Zoopla’s £1bn IPO at the age of 27.

Luminance, a leading AI platform, has had explosive growth since its launch in September 2016 with 110 deployments and shows no signs of slowing down after partnering with Uría Menéndez, a major Iberian law firm.

Onfido, a global ID verification start-up operating in 195 countries, continues to assert its dominance with 400% Year-on-Year growth since 2012 and 1,500 clients including Deliveroo, Uber, and Tesco.