Idea sparked by London Olympics secures Lincoln entrepreneur £250k investment

L-R: Russell Copley, Ed Capes, Pat Doody, Samantha Harrison, Lewis Stringer, Joe Cusdin

A Lincoln entrepreneur who developed a software platform for event organisers after working on the London Olympics and other international events has secured a £250,000 investment to further develop his system.

Joe Cusdin secured the funding from the MEIF Proof of Concept & Early Stage Fund, which is managed by Mercia and part of the Midlands Engine Investment Fund.

Cusdin developed his software, Iventis, three years ago and it is now being used by a number of global clients. The investment will allow the company, which currently employs four people, to further develop the system and create three new jobs for technical and marketing staff.

Joe Cusdin, CEO of Iventis, said: “Organising a major event requires hundreds or thousands of people. It’s hard to keep everyone updated, many are local staff without previous experience, and teams lack the tools to share information. I set out to create an easy-to-use system that would allow everyone involved to co-ordinate plans and deliver the event more efficiently. The funding will allow us to enhance the platform and make it even more powerful.”

Sandy Reid, Investment Manager at Mercia, added: “We have been very impressed with Joe’s achievements. Not only has he managed to develop the Iventis platform on a limited budget using his own funds, but he has also attracted some major clients. This funding will allow him to transform the business from a successful events consultancy to a thriving software firm.”

Ed Capes of Fraser Brown provided legal advice to Mercia on the deal.