Posted on May 1, 2018 by staff

Edtech specialist raises £150k


Birmingham-based learning and development consultancy Enploy is set to double its workforce after raising £150,000 of investment.

Enploy, which joined the Barclays Eagle Labs incubator at Innovation Birmingham last year, teaches entrepreneurial thinking through an e-learning platform and face-to-face workshops.

Focusing on six areas of a ‘21st Century mindset’ – opportunity recognition, creative thinking, tolerance to risk, emotional intelligence, leadership and self-belief – it aims to ready students for the world of work and also help companies foster innovation as well as recruit, engage and retrain talent.

Enploy has already launched programmes with Barclays, Birmingham City University and Innovation Birmingham.

The funding comes from the London-based Jenson SEIS Fund.

“It’s fantastic that we can scale our business more quickly with support from Jenson,” said Enploy founder and managing director Jon Allen.

“Their investment will enable us to develop our product offering, sales and marketing. We aim to capitalise on the increasing global interest in entrepreneurship as a way to create positive change and impact.

“We are also looking forward to growing our relationship with key higher education and corporate partners.”

Enploy claims it is on track to win ten new clients in the next year and launch a brand new artificial intelligence department within the business. This will enable the specialist to grow its evidence-based impact assessments and to flag next step recommendations and progression areas for learners.

Dr David Hardman MBE, CEO at Innovation Birmingham, said: “It’s a pleasure to see Enploy grow from strength to strength and develop its innovative approach to applying technology within an educational environment.

“We are proud to be supporting the development of the business through our Serendip Smart City Incubator, and are also delighted to integrate the platform within our Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) business support programme, which has been of great value to us and has demonstrated the potential influences that the solution can have on aspiring entrepreneurs.”