Tech mentors, vegan cheese and AI targeted cancer treatment – all in this week’s Maddymoney

Mentorship platform Vektor AI raises £2.1M to democratise tech talent’s access to advice

Vektor AI, an online platform for one-to-one mentorship and professional career enhancement, announces today it has raised a pre-seed round of $2.5M led by leading early-stage European VC firms Cherry Ventures and Mosaic Ventures, with further investment from angel investors including Bradley Horowitz of Google.

Launching this week, the platform assists startup employees as they interact in real time with a chosen mentor experienced in the role and field the mentee seeks to succeed in. With a new generation entering the workforce remotely for the first time, and the pandemic triggering a search for more meaningful careers, there is arguably a need relevant career support. The launch followed six months of beta testing for the platform which facilitates mentorship and supports career advancement for startup employees. Using data such as employment background, education, professional goals, and skills, the platform matches mentees with relevant mentors who can advise on and assist with training, growth, and tangible next steps.

“If you want to transition to a new career or learn a new skill, mentorship is the most effective way to reach that goal. But, due to the changing employment landscape, finding relevant mentors is harder than ever, especially for startup employees. With Vektor AI, you get direct professional guidance from someone who has been in your shoes and can help you get to where you want to go.”–Anna Buldakova, co-founder and CEO of Vektor AI

Remote working software platform raises £400K to accelerate growth

A Leeds-based tech company whose advanced remote working software is used by the Home Office and the NHS has raised £400K from NPIF – Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), and angel investors.

Flabba’s platform integrates with standard videoconferencing software such as Zoom…

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