Hopper secures six-figure funding boost

Hopper secures six-figure funding boost

A Birmingham-based software start-up has secured a £100,000 grant from the Regional Growth Fund to help drive its ambitious growth plans.

Launched in August last year, Hopper HQ is the world’s first fully automated scheduling tool for social media network Instagram.

The app allows users to post content for a specific date and time, similar to popular applications such as Hootsuite and Buffer which enable posts to be scheduled across Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

The £100,000 grant will be used alongside an additional £300,000 investment from parent company Turn Partners Ltd to accelerate the pace of global growth and to support plans to expand the team by 50% during 2016.

Mike Bandar, co-founder of Turn Partners, said: “Just five months since the launch of Hopper, the business has grown considerably and we are now working with hundreds of customers across over 30 countries.

“The Regional Growth Fund grant will provide vital support and flexibility to help maximise this growth as we continue to build the business and extend our offering to new and existing customers.

“With a phased recruitment programme currently underway, myself and my co-founder, James Vardy, are looking to extend our Birmingham-based team with current vacancies for in-house developers and a full-time CRM Manager.

“We look forward to speaking with passionate people looking for a new challenge in an exciting start-up with a global reach.”

Hopper is one of 18 early stage tech companies receiving support from Innovation Birmingham’s ‘e4f Inspire’ programme.

120 tech start-ups have been incubated by the programme since November 2009, with over £10m raised in initial investment rounds.