NI entrepreneur becomes investor and advisor in Estonian tech start-up

  • Estonian tech start-up Gigimot has announced that Henry Joseph-Grant, an award-winning entrepreneur from Northern Ireland has joined the company as an investor and board advisor.

    Henry, CEO and co-founder of Belfast-based stealth start-up Alpha Exploration Co, will advise the company on its strategy.

    Gigimot provides a platform to connect users with vetted local on-demand service providers quickly at the tap of a button.

    "We're thrilled Henry has joined us as our advisor and investor. He brings vast experience in building and scaling tech startups in addition to his world-class knowledge of commercial, product and operational strategy," said Arseni Santashev, CEO of Gigimot.

    "We've already seen how his experience, strategic approach to product building and growth will accelerate our upcoming product launches, help us expand and become a driving force in the future of work and lifestyle."

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    Henry added: "I've recently relocated back home to Northern Ireland to launch my new start-up after several years in Berlin. Due to doubling down on that, I've scaled back on the other projects I'm involved in, so when Arseni initially approached me for help, it was a polite, firm no.

    "However, he was persistent and I was very impressed with the calibre of the team, which is diverse, mostly female and based in Tallinn (in Estonia)."

    He continued: "Estonia has many parallels with Northern Ireland in terms of population size, exceptional talent and huge potential. The Gigimot team are a perfect example of this; a highly credible, experienced and compelling team, with a sprinkle of kick-ass alumni from Estonian unicorn Transferwise.

    "They've demonstrated to me they can execute on a clear vision and I believe they have the potential to go all the way, so it's a pleasure to join them on their journey."

    Henry has also previously been named in the Top 25 UK entrepreneurs by investment firm, Smith and Williamson, and was part of the team that built Just Eat from start-up to $2.44Bn IPO. He then went on to scale/exit and advise various tech start-ups across the world.

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