Gecko Labs, an Edinburgh, Scotland, UK-based education software provider, secured £1m in funding.
The round was led by Andrew Weisz, of Weisz Investments, and Tom Singh, founder of the New Look fashion chain, and existing investors.
The company intends to use the funds to create around 10 new positions to support business growth, further develop its new technology to roll out an innovative new live chat system and expand in North America.
Founded in 2012 by Matt Lanham, CEO, Gecko Labs provides a student engagement solution to capture, convert and measure recruitment and marketing efforts both online and offline.
The company has just announced its latest product Gecko Chat which provides university staff with a unified inbox that allows them to manage and respond to conversations happening across their website, Facebook, Twitter, SMS and email without having to be logged in to multiple systems.
Gecko Labs currently employs 20 staff and – as part of the round – is opening an office in London to allow it to accelerate growth in the UK with a US office expected later in the year.
In September 2015, the company had received £250k from AngelLab through Andrew Weisz. The London Co-Investment Fund provided additional funding.
Shortly after launching in 2012, the firm participated in ignite100, one of the UK’s top tech accelerator programmes, and graduated with investment from Northstar Ventures, IP Group and angel investors.