Award-winning tech startup Zobi raises $1.5m to bring their digital guardians to life
- Zobi is best known for its award-winning smart product, Hedgehog, your home’s digital guardian.
- The funding has been raised through a blend of angel funding, a Seedrs crowdfunding campaign and Venture Capital led by Loyal VC and Worth Capital.
- The funds will be used to bring Hedgehog to market, as well as other digital guardian software products.
London Thursday 25th March 2021: After a successful launch at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January 2021, multi-award-winning Hedgehog has been applauded for both its beautiful design and features that put customers’ privacy first. Now, the brand’s developers, Zobi, have secured $1.5 million of funding to bring Hedgehog to life and create Zobi Home Intelligence, the brains designed to help you manage and keep your online identity safe through digital guardians.
The investment was led by Worth Capital with Loyal VC and supplemented through a blend of angel funding and a hugely successful Seedrs campaign. The cash injection means that the British AI tech startup, which only launched in 2020 now has the potential to realise its full ambitions, further developing Hedgehog and Zobi Home Intelligence, creating what they believe to be a new category in the smart home.
Zobi’s first product, Hedgehog, detects and prevents cybercrime and suspicious activity across multiple devices in the entire home network, giving homeowners one less thing to worry about. The ‘home’s digital guardian’ is compatible with existing tech and alongside a household’s existing broadband router, firewalls, anti-virus software and other home security products. Hedgehog takes a holistic 360-degree view of the home – shielding all the people, devices and networks within. Zobi will be launching a suite of software products over the coming months, giving consumers more tools to protect their homes and devices, ahead of the expected launch of Hedgehog in the second half of 2021.
Zobi Founder, Scott Lever, comments:
“I am thrilled not only to close a successful $1.5m fundraise but to share our journey and vision with over 900 investors, many who came through crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Having the backing and mentorship in the guise of Worth Capital, Loyal VC and our advisors puts us in a strong position for hypergrowth”
Kamal Hassan Partner at Loyal VC comments:
“Zobi’s ability to conceive, quickly sell and deliver a simple home security solution, while overcoming numerous obstacles, impressed the Loyal team during our extended due diligence and led to our investment.“
Home Intelligence is the focus of Zobi. With cybercrime on the rise, Zobi works to develop simple, jargon-free products to provide whole-home protection against malicious digital activity. The brand’s award-winning Hedgehog digital guardian protects every device and every user connected to a single home server. It’s the next level of internet security and it’s just the beginning of what Zobi can do.