Shop Circle’s suite of e-commerce solutions delivers a one-stop-shop of cutting-edge technologies to online brands.
LONDON, Sept. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Shop Circle, the one-stop-shop software provider for e-commerce brands, announced the successful completion of its Series A funding round, raising $120 million. The round was led by 645 Ventures and 3VC, with notable participation from previous backers QED Investors and NfX, with the credit facility provided by i80 Group. The funding was raised through a strategic combination of equity and debt.
Shop Circle reports a substantial 360% year-over-year growth, driven by the integration and strengthening of its extensive suite of back-end and customer-facing solutions.
“We’re thrilled to announce the successful close of our Series A funding round, which will enable us to continue building and expanding our suite of e-commerce tools,” says Luca Cartechini, CEO and Co-Founder of Shop Circle. “Our vision has always been to create a comprehensive operating system for e-commerce brands, providing them with the necessary technology to excel in today’s competitive market.”
Shop Circle is actively developing proprietary AI-driven tools and processes to enhance the scalability of their core operations across all phases.
In addition to its comprehensive platform, Shop Circle has launched a data-driven tech stack consultation program. Leveraging AI and hyper personalized data-driven insights, the company aims to optimize brands’ tech stacks, reducing costs and increasing conversions to deliver exceptional customer experiences.
“Since our inception, we have embraced the AI revolution and promptly built several applications to support and automate the majority of our processes, offering a distinct advantage in operating and growing our suite of software. Our goal is to equip e-commerce entrepreneurs with the high-performance tools and expertise they need to scale business effortlessly,” says Gian Maria Gramondi, Co-Founder and COO of Shop Circle. “With our tech stack review program, we are able to help e-commerce companies unlock their true potential by shedding unneeded tech and costs, enabling long-term success and growth.”
The leadership team includes professionals with experience in Amazon, Shopify, Uber, and leading e-commerce brands.
“Shop Circle’s vision to build a leading SaaS platform for the second wave of commerce brands aligns perfectly with our investment strategy, which is to back exceptional founders building differentiated businesses in large markets,” shares Nnamdi Okike, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at 645 Ventures. “We believe that Shop Circle will be a driving force in shaping the future of e-commerce, and we are proud to support Luca, Gian Maria, and the team in their growth journey.”
“We have great trust in Luca, Gian Maria, and the whole Shop Circle team, as their dedication to creating an exceptional merchant’s experience matches what we look for in entrepreneurs at 3VC. We’re excited to join them on their journey, expecting remarkable success in their future,” adds Peter Lasinger, Partner and Founder with 3VC.
“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Shop Circle, the software suite for e-commerce brands. At i80 Group, we’re captivated by the strong growth potential and execution capabilities of the Shop Circle team in the e-commerce enablement space, which Shop Circle is playing a leading role in shaping. We look forward to supporting Shop Circle in their next phase of growth,” says Peter Frank, Managing Director at i80 Group
Shop Circle takes great pride in serving already more than 100,000 e-commerce brands around the globe, cementing its commitment to empowering merchants with cutting-edge technologies and insights for unparalleled growth.
Shop Circle, a leading provider of e-commerce software, is a data and technology-driven company dedicated to revolutionizing the e-commerce industry through its comprehensive suite of cutting-edge technologies. By delivering a one-stop solution to innovative e-commerce brands, Shop Circle empowers online merchants to achieve sustainable, continuous growth. With a commitment to innovation, Shop Circle serves over 100,000 businesses worldwide. Shop Circle was founded in 2021 by entrepreneurs Luca Cartechini and Gian Maria Gramondi. For more information about Shop Circle, visit www.shopcircle.co.
645 Ventures is an early-stage VC firm partnering with exceptional founders to build iconic companies. We invest in Seed and Series A stages, using our Voyager platform and network to support scaling. Notable growth-stage firms include Iterable, Goldbelly, Resident, and more. With $550m+ AUM and strong backing from institutions, 645 operates from NY and SF. Learn more at www.645ventures.com.
3VC is a European venture capital group that invests in a carefully handpicked group of European technology startups with global ambition. Focusing on Series A, 3VC’s entrepreneurial team provides tireless support and access to an international co-investment network of VC partners. 3VC’s backs category-defining companies like Assaia, Kaia Health,Lokalise, Picsart, Storyblok, and Tatum. More information at https://three.vc/.
i80 Group is an investment firm designed to propel the innovation economy forward by empowering growth. The firm provides bespoke financing solutions that are unique to each investment partner’s needs and are designed to help companies advance through critical growth milestones. The firm has offices in New York, San Francisco, and London. For more information, please visit www.i80group.com.
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67% of larger hospitality operators are unhappy with their current tech stack: insights unveiled in new research report from Vita Mojo
New research from Vita Mojo and KAM reveals the shortcomings of modern restaurant tech, with over half of operators reporting inefficiencies are stopping them achieving business goals.
LONDON, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Vita Mojo, the hospitality tech specialist, has launched a new research report into the impact of technology on the hospitality industry, shining a light on how operators feel about their current tech stack.
Commissioned by Vita Mojo and conducted by specialist hospitality market research agency KAM, the survey asked 81 executives from the leading quick-service restaurant (QSR) and coffee chain brands about their experiences with restaurant technology.
The resulting report – Hospitality Tech 2024: Bridging the efficiency and profitability gap – indicates that certain technologies are holding the industry back.
The survey results show that the hospitality sector is facing a number of challenges:
- A disconnect between efficiency and growth
56% of operators say that not having enough time is a significant barrier to achieving their business goals, but only 28% report fixing inefficiencies is a focus area for the business.
- Frustrations with the complexity of technology
44% of operators don’t think they have the in-house skills to make the most out of their tech solutions, and 31% believe that too much training is needed to use digital solutions properly.
- Missing out on data-driven decision-making
Two in three businesses are frustrated that they are not making the most of the data they collect through their tech solutions. Nearly 40% find it hard to use data because it’s split across siloed platforms.
- Technical support is failing to deliver
Just one in four are very satisfied with the support or advice they receive from their providers.
“When tech works well, your restaurant works well,” says Vita Mojo’s co-founder and CEO, Nick Popovici. “But when it goes wrong – which is often – running a restaurant becomes an uphill struggle. By combining multiple point solutions from a range of different suppliers, the modern Point of Sale (POS) restaurant tech stack used by so many restaurants and chains has become a serious barrier to growth and success.”
“The results of this survey prove that the POS-centric model isn’t working for restaurants. From wasting time updating menus across multiple systems to spending countless hours updating pricing and site information, there are just too many ways in which restaurant tech isn’t making the grade.”
Along with insights from the survey results, Vita Mojo’s report includes real-life examples of exactly how restaurant brands are managing to overcome these tech challenges and fix inefficiencies, which has allowed them to operate and grow with new confidence.
About Vita Mojo
Vita Mojo transforms chaos into confidence for hospitality operators worldwide. Founded in 2016, Vita Mojo started life as the UK’s first cashless, digital-only restaurant, but it soon became clear the entire hospitality industry could benefit from its end-to-end, flexible Order Management System.
Today, Vita Mojo empowers over 130 brands across five countries (including LEON, YO!, tossed and GAIL’s Bakery) to streamline order management, improve guest relationships, seamlessly expand across channels, and grow their business.
For more information visit www.vitamojo.com
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Ghana launches USD 550 billion Energy Transition and Investment Plan for achieving net-zero emissions, creating 400,000 jobs by 2060
President Nana Akufo-Addo unveils country’s roadmap for green growth and decarbonizing key economic sectors developed by Government of Ghana and SEforALL
NEW YORK, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana, launched the country’s new Energy Transition and Investment Plan yesterday during a Global Africa Business Initiative event in New York.
The plan marks Ghana’s commitment to fighting climate change and fostering economic development in tandem. It details a credible pathway for how Ghana can achieve net-zero energy-related carbon emissions by 2060 through the deployment of low-carbon solutions across key sectors of its economy, including oil and gas, industry, transport, cooking, and power.
Ghana’s government intends to use the plan as its main tool to engage the international community and investors for support with its energy transition. All measures suggested in the plan represent a USD 550 billion opportunity for the international community to invest in sustainable development in Ghana. If the plan is achieved in full, it would generate 400,000 net jobs within Ghana’s economy.
The country’s existing Energy Transition Framework previously set a target of net zero by 2070, but this new plan shows Ghana has increased its ambition and is targeting net zero by 2060.
Various sectoral changes and technologies are proposed in the plan. Four main decarbonization technologies – renewables, low-carbon hydrogen, battery electric vehicles and clean cookstoves – would cover over 90 percent of the targeted abatement by 2060.
Without pursuing the plan, under a business-as-usual scenario, Ghana’s emissions are expected to rise from 28 Mt CO2e in 2021 to over 140 Mt in 2050, with the bulk of emissions growth coming from transport, driven by population growth, GDP per capita growth, and vehicle ownership.
By implementing this plan, Ghana and its partners can instead bring the country’s energy-sector-related carbon emissions to net zero, while demonstrating that action against climate change does not need to come at the expense of economic development.
The Energy Transition and Investment Plan was developed by the Government of Ghana with technical support from Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL).
“This pioneering Energy Transition and Investment Plan maps out Ghana’s journey to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060 based on the latest data and evidence, ensuring that as our economy thrives, it does so in harmony with the environment. This plan is a testament to our dedication to fostering green industries, nurturing the evolution of cutting-edge low-carbon technologies, and propelling our nation towards a sustainable industrial revolution while giving equal growth opportunities to men and women.”
-His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana
“Ghana’s commitment to a just and equitable energy transition has translated to an ambitious plan that builds a case for low-carbon and energy-efficient solutions across Ghana’s entire energy system. These solutions present a tremendous opportunity for partners and investors from around the world to contribute to climate action and sustainable development in Ghana.”
–Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, and Co-Chair of UN-Energy
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World Investment Forum to incentivize global investment in sustainable development
ABU DHABI, UAE, Sept. 22, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Recognizing sustainability as the defining challenge of our time, the upcoming UNCTAD World Investment Forum (WIF), to be held from 16 to 20 October 2023 in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi, will serve as the perfect opportunity to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable economy, particularly for developing countries.
The 8th edition of the Forum, to be anchored on the overall theme of “Investing in Sustainable Development,” will bring together heads of state and ministers, CEOs of largest global companies, and other investment stakeholders from various countries to formulate policies and strategies that will address key and emerging investment-development challenges through a series of local and international forums and conferences.
Over 7,000 investment stakeholders from 160 countries will be participating in the 8th edition of WIF at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).
The UAE hosting WIF this year coincides with the country’s declaration of the year 2023 as the “Year of Sustainability,” which will encourage nationwide commitment to sustainable practices and innovative solutions to help address environmental issues on a global scale.
His Excellency Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Trade, reaffirmed the country’s dedication to sustainability, saying that “the UAE is committed to playing a leading role in the global transition to a more sustainable future. We believe that WIF 2023 will provide a unique platform for international leaders to come together to mobilize the necessary investments to make this transition a reality.”
His Excellency Rashed Abdulkarim Al Blooshi, Undersecretary of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED) said: “Hosting WIF 2023 reflects Abu Dhabi’s approach and commitment to sustainable socio-economic development, which is based on strong beliefs and a long history of the wise use of resources. We will be working closely with all partners to ensure that the Forum’s conversations generate innovative ideas and solutions to create a more sustainable future for all.”
Some of the sustainability sessions include “Delivering Public Sector Investment for Sustainable Development” in partnership with ACCA; “Alignment of Investment in Sustainable Infrastructure with the Paris Agreement” with Middlesex University Dubai; and “Accelerating Green Investments in Tourism for Sustainable Development” with the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
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