Cornish Software business Tappter has secured a £200,000 equity investment from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Investment Fund (CIOSIF) as part of a £400,000 funding round.
The CIOSIF investment, along with match-funding from existing and private investors, has been used to set up a base in Falmouth, and will create high value jobs to benefit the regional economy.
Established in 2016, Tappter’s app is a multi-channel messenger with ID verification and e-sign features. The business is currently targeting the residential sales and lettings market, allowing businesses and customers to communicate with multiple parties involved in the housing process.
An estate agent can use the software to communicate with a buyer, while also using it to speak with solicitors and conveyancers. Broader expansion of services and markets is expected in the near future.
The all-in-one platform includes an innovative digital ID service enabling users to verify their ID within the app, which can then be used to confirm their identity with multiple businesses removing the need for repeat checks.
The brainchild of Keith Banwaitt (CEO) and Demetrio Filocamo (CTO), Tappter released an early beta version of the product which was used in a pilot project with the Entrepreneurial Spark programme within NatWest.
Keith Banwaitt, CEO at Tappter, commented: “Messaging apps are the primary method for communication between individuals. It makes sense that businesses should see the value in this trend and seek to duplicate its ease and ingenuity. We’ve mimicked the simplicity of popular messaging apps to make sure business and individual users have a seamless and simple experience, but the back end is anything but simple.
“Every communication need is met, from verifying IDs and document management to recording chat histories and providing the software as either a mobile or web app. The potential of Tappter is exciting and plain to see. With that in mind we are using the CIOSIF funds to open a new operational base to facilitate our growth and expand our team.”
Anna Staevska, Investment Manager at The FSE Group, added: “Tappter is an exciting young business with a compelling proposition with national and international potential. The business has a strong management team and the founders have attracted an impressive number of investors with strong experience in similar projects. We look forward to watching the team improve communication in the real estate industry and eventually expand to other industries.”
The £40m Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund provides debt and equity finance from £25,000 to £2 million to help growing small businesses across the region. It has been established by the British Business Bank in partnership with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
John Acornley, LEP non-executive director and chair of the CIOSIF advisory board, said: “Tappter is an innovative business that has evolved the traditional messenger app into a business-focused platform that provides a simple yet secure messaging interface for customers. The fund’s investment paves the way for future growth and new markets.”
Paul Jones, Senior Investment Manager from the British Business Bank said: “This investment from CIOSIF comes at an important time in Tappter’s development and will allow the business to grow its presence in Cornwall, create quality jobs and impact positively on the local economy. The fund has once again leveraged significant match funding from private investors as part of the deal.”
CIOSIF is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
For more information about the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Investment Fund including how to apply, please visit www.ciosif.co.uk or follow the fund on Twitter at @CIOSIFBBB2