Our tenants, online events platform developers Haia, have secured major investment deals from early-stage funder SFC Capital and Stakeholderz angel funding.
Haia, which aims to rival prominent brands such as Zoom, was co-founded less than two years ago by Tom Burke and Andy Esser to facilitate online and hybrid events.
It has built-in accessibility features and real time Welsh text and voice translation is in development with Bangor University’s Language Technology Unit, Canolfan Bedwyr. From its base at M-SParc, Haia already employs a team of five and aims to launch this summer.
This is great news for Haia and such a boost to our efforts to get our product to market – we’re very grateful to SFC Capital for getting on board and for having confidence in us.
Haia is a unique platform which aims to make events more accessible – and not just in the work place. It has been designed to be used for community events, art performances as well as meetings and conferences.
From the beginning we have been driven by a vision to create something that is friendlier than our competitors’ products and makes attending gatherings easier for everyone. As we emerge from the pandemic, we need to remember that online worked well for some but shut others out. Haia has been designed to meet these challenges and to exceed expectations of online and hybrid events.
Tom Burke, CEO and Co-Founder of Haia.Live
The SFC Capital, Stakeholderz and individual angels investment totalled £210,000 is in addition to the £470,000 funding already secured from Innovate UK.
The Haia team is now calling on groups, businesses and organisations to register to run test events using the “Haia Hosts” service free of charge.
Tom used to work at the KFC in his hometown of Colwyn Bay before it mysteriously burned down. He then spent several years “on the lam” in East Germany, where he worked as an animator in Berlin. When the wall fell, Tom came home.
He enjoys climbing and hates ice-skating.