Wireless charging firm Chargifi has secured £5m in a funding round led by Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV).
The cash injection will be used to support sales and marketing, grow across US and Asian markets and double its headcount.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and firstminute capital also participated in the funding.
Founded in 2013 by Dan Bladen and Charlie Cannell, Chargifi provides technology to help brands, including Grand Hyatt and Pret a Manger, to manage, monitor and monetise wireless power.
Chargifi’s IP covers ‘cloud-connected’ wireless charging for everything from smartphones to electric vehicles and drones.
In addition to investing in the business, HPE and Chargifi will be partnering to take Chargifi’s wireless power to HPE’s worldwide customers.
Dan Bladen, co-founder and CEO of Chargifi, commented on the news: “We are delighted to have secured this round of funding, giving us the firepower to scale our growth plans, as well as strategic value and partnerships from our investors.”
He also went on to discuss the future of wireless charging: “At Chargifi we believe that the world is going electric and electric is going wireless – this is a monumental shift. This year you will be able to charge your new car wirelessly, by pulling it up over a wireless charging area. In the future drones will land on buildings and charge wirelessly before taking off again.”
Headquartered in London, the company operates in 13 international markets.
Chargifi’s investors include Intel Capital, Techstars, R/GA Ventures and Brett Akker (founder of LOVESPACE).