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  • The Search Engine for VC | Ship Shape

    The search engine of Venture Capital Finding relevant investors has never been so easy Start your free trial today VC? Join indexing queue Ship Shape are building a unique AI-powered search platform that answers a genuine need that no one else is solving Adam Baron Associate Director, M&A Growth Advisory, BDO Who we help Intermediaries Servicing clients Universities Assisting Spin-outs Venture Capital Looking to syndicate Out of gallery Why Ship Shape? Identify the right individuals Emailing a generic VC inbox is easy, knowing the right individual to speak with is difficult. Ensure a warm introduction Knowing who to contact is one thing, knowing how to approach an investor with contextually relevant information is another. Save the time that matters Finding VC investors can take up to 9 months. Cut that process down to seconds using Ship Shape. What our customers think "Ship Shape does what Crunchbase can't do - finds the individual VCs that look for investments in your space. A great service!" David Putts, Chief Growth Officer at Billon Where you might have seen us Nov 22 3 min Ground-breaking Venture Capital search engine receives grant from Welsh Government. Nov 12 2 min Global Entrepreneurship Week: search engine of Venture Capital receives investment from University Sep 29 2 min Ship Shape completes Fintech Wales Foundry Accelerator Programme Ship Shape helps you find the right VC investor in seconds, not months Start your free trial today

  • Our Team | Ship Shape

    Our Team The Founders Daniel Sawko Lived the problem we're solving! 10+ years in start-ups & Financial Services Former CCO of one of the UK's fastest-growing Regtechs Oxford University Fintech Programme Alistair Baillie Lived the problem we're solving! 20+ years in Major Banks & Financial Services Institutions, 2 successful exits Former COO of one of the UK’s fastest-growing Regtechs MA Physics, Oxford University The Team Slawomir Kosinski FULL STACK DEVELOPER Carrie Skye DATA ENGINEER Gareth Williams CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST Andrea Amado JUNIOR DATA ANALYST Bradley Evans JUNIOR MARKETING & PR Anju Reji JUNIOR DATA ANALYST

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  • Ground-breaking Venture Capital search engine receives grant from Welsh Government.

    Economic sustainability and growth is dependent on the success of small growth enterprises, and they need capital. Our present financial world is awash with capital. It is vital that ideas and investment find each other. Welsh Fintech Ship Shape has built a Venture Capital search engine which identifies highly relevant investors in seconds. It is currently available to Universities, Venture Capital firms, Corporate Finance firms and Governmental organisations for the entrepreneurs they support. The Welsh Government has awarded a SMART Cymru grant, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to Welsh Fintech Ship Shape to collaborate with Cardiff University to further develop their transformative software. The project intends to create a new benchmark for investment financial data, driven by data science. Venture Capital is a growing industry. In 2020, the global Venture Capital industry was estimated at £220bn. For 2021, £310bn had already been invested by August. However, it is an industry plagued by entrepreneurs spending months trying to identify the right individuals at VC firms to speak with. “Financial data on investment is not targeted enough. We need to cut out the noise and give decision-makers exactly and precisely what they need to know. We are delighted to lead this disruption, and to have the support of both Cardiff University and the Welsh Government’s SMART Cymru funding.” - Alistair Baillie, co-founder of Ship Shape “We are delighted to be partnering with Ship Shape in their quest to match backers with businesses. Text mining and data science will play a key role in gaining knowledge for financial investments in the context of big data. We are happy to have an opportunity to translate our research into disruptive innovation.” - Professor Irena Spasic, School of Computer Science “The partnership offers a wonderful opportunity to match academic expertise with industry need. Throughout the project we will aim to ensure there is flawless interaction between the systems and their end-users to deliver explainable AI and an enhanced user experience.” - Colleague Dr Fernando Loizides, Deputy Director of Cardiff’s Data Science Academy added: Cardiff University press release can be found here Ship Shape note to editors Ship Shape was founded by Daniel Sawko and Alistair Baillie and is currently based in Cardiff, Wales. To discover Ship Shape please visit our website: https://www.shipshape.vc/ Alistair Baillie: alistair@shipshape.vc Daniel Sawko: daniel@shipshape.vc For more information about this press release please contact: info@shipshape.vc This press release was in collaboration with Cardiff University and The Welsh Government as part of SMART Cymru. Ship Shape is the search engine for VC. Ship Shape is a unique search engine that finds the right individual at the right VC firm in seconds, not months. Deep artificial intelligence drives accurate searching and detailed evidence of investments and theses. When combined with cross-checks against professional networks, this decreases the time spent searching and increases the chance of that initial meeting. "Ship Shape are building a unique AI-powered search platform that answers a genuine need that no one else is solving." Adam Baron, Associate Director, M&A Growth Advisory, BDO. Ship Shape’s search can be used by individuals,VC firms looking to find investors relevant to their portfolio, intermediates seeking to broker more deals, and universities supporting spin-outs and commercialisation. Ship Shape is proudly Welsh and is Wales Fintech Start-up of the Year 2021, and is a member of Praxis Auril, the professional association for Knowledge Exchange. Ship Shape has received grants from Innovate UK and SMART Cymru and was selected for the Fintech Wales Foundry Accelerator. Ship Shape’s vision is to unleash world-changing ideas by bringing together data and human networks. Welsh Government note to editors The Welsh Government is committed to building a stronger, greener economy for Wales, based on the principles of fair work, sustainability and the industries and services of the future. This includes supporting demand-driven Research, Development and Innovation in Wales, and facilitating effective collaborations which drive prosperity and deliver real benefits for Wales’ people and its environment. Our Economic Action Plan has building stronger foundations for growth, supercharging the industries of the future and empowering Wales’ regions at its heart. It includes our Economic Contract which frames a new relationship with business based on the principle of public investment with a social purpose as we help businesses respond to the challenges of the future. We support businesses to innovate and introduce new products and services, to trade with the UK and the rest of the world, to improve our skills base and to ensure that Wales remains competitive in the fourth industrial age. We are also working to enable more Welsh businesses to become carbon-light or carbon-free. Through our suite of support called SMART, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government helps to create jobs and improve people’s lives by driving cutting-edge research and innovation. SMARTInnovation – Investing in Research & Development SMARTCymru – Funding to Innovate SMARTExpertise – Academic Collaboration for Business For more information on how Welsh Government innovation support can benefit your business call 03000 6 03000, or visit SMART Innovation | Innovation (gov.wales)

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week: search engine of Venture Capital receives investment from University

    Ship Shape, a Welsh start-up, and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David have announced a strategic partnership during Global Entrepreneurship week. Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly recognised as key to solving many of the world’s challenges, from climate change to relieving poverty. Ship Shape has built a search engine that identifies highly relevant investors in seconds. It is currently available to Universities, Venture Capital firms, Corporate Finance firms and Governmental organisations for the entrepreneurs they support. Venture Capital is an increasingly important source of funding to enable brilliant start-ups to achieve these ambitions, but finding the right investors with knowledge is difficult. Venture Capital also has gained in importance for Universities, that have significant IP that requires private, long-term focused sources of funding to commercialise. Venture Capital is a growing industry. In 2020, the global Venture Capital industry was estimated at £220bn. For 2021, £310bn had already been invested by August. However, it is an industry plagued by entrepreneurs spending months trying to identify the right individuals at VC firms to speak with. The idea was born in South Wales and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) is now making a strategic investment into Ship Shape to help the team accelerate growth globally, in addition to utilising the academic, technical and network expertise of UWTSD. Dr Kathryn Penaluna, Associate Professor in Enterprise Education at UWTSD quickly recognised the potential of the idea and has supported Ship Shape from infancy: Associate Professor in Enterprise Education at UWTSD, Dr Kathryn Penaluna said: “We’re delighted to announce our partnership with Ship Shape to coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week. Many great ideas are generated within our educational institutions and we’re ambitious that Wales becomes an engine of Innovation centred around UWTSD.” Co-founder and CEO of Ship Shape, Daniel Sawko agrees: “The strategic partnership with UWTSD is a real statement of intent from both of us. Empowering innovation has never been more important to our future and yet many potentially ground-breaking innovations still can’t find the right people in Venture Capital to help them grow. We’re ambitious about unlocking and commercialising brilliant ideas around the world, which could go much further with better access to the relevant Venture Capital investors.” The strategic partnership follows other exciting announcements in the Swansea Bay City Deal area, that have highlighted the burgeoning high-tech ecosystem developing in South and West Wales and the tremendous potential of human-capital rich areas outside of London and the South East. Read the press release from UWTSD here Contact Persons University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) Website LinkedIn Twitter Rebecca Davies - Executive Press and Media Relations Officer (Swyddog Gweithredol Cysylltiadau â’r Wasg a’r Cyfryngau) Email: Rebecca.Davies@uwtsd.ac.uk LinkedIn Ship Shape Ship Shape Search LinkedIn Twitter Daniel Sawko - Co-founder and CEO Email: daniel@shipshape.vc LinkedIn

  • Ship Shape completes Fintech Wales Foundry Accelerator Programme

    “The Foundry was created with great ideas and teams like Ship Shape in mind and I’m delighted that we could help accelerate them in every sense of the word. Our cohort are all fantastically talented and have mature propositions that are both innovative and well executed, they just needed the access and the opportunity that comes with throwing the weight of an entire ecosystem behind them for 12 weeks” - Johnny Mayo - Fintech Wales Foundry General Manager The program was built around three core themes: Access, Investment and Opportunity. These themes drove the program and we have seen tremendous growth in all areas. Firstly, our access to customers enabled us to grow our commercial pipeline substantially. Secondly, we have been able to secure investment through the support and recognition (we now joke that we should have built an Angel search engine first!). Finally, the Foundry has enabled us to realise the scale of the opportunity in front of us and be brave enough to take the steps needed to unlock it. We have grown our team and our technical capabilities, leading us to accelerate our timelines. Each week, the Foundry organised workshops with partners and supporting businesses that aimed to expand our knowledge in all areas of business; from growing and setting expectations to managing and presenting to clients. "Being part of the Fintech Wales Foundry has enabled us to forge a new path for our business and enabled us to be recognised as Fintech Start-up of the Year. Our trajectory has been elevated, we've secured investment, we're approaching £1m in commercial pipeline. We've been unshackled from numerous inhibiting factors. We've leveraged the brilliant networks and we've taken inspiration from some of the most influential technology business leaders, such as Louise O'Shea, CEO of Confused.com" - Daniel Sawko - CEO and Co-founder of Ship Shape Winner of the Fintech Awards Wales Start-up of the Year 2021 Read about the announcements here and our post about Winning Fintech Start-up of the Year 2021!

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