Measure Protocol secures investment to further global growth ambitions

Measure Protocol secures investment to further global growth ambitions

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Owen Hanks, CEO, co-founder Measure Protocol

Measure Protocol

Funds will allow founders to scale-up marketing and sales efforts for its innovative platform allowing businesses to access customer experience data.

It was the ‘strength and calibre’ of the team, alongside the company’s traction with leading brands, that had been central to investment decision.”

— Dr Reuben Wilcock, Ventures director at Blackfinch

LONDON, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, April 19, 2022 / — Measure Protocol, a UK scale-up that offers a new way to access consumer behavioural data at a scale, has secured funding to allow it to continue the development of its technology and to scale-up its marketing and sales efforts.

The total investment came from a range of sources, including Blackfinch Ventures, Italian Angels for Growth, the largest network of business angels in Italy, and Blockchain Valley Ventures (BVV).

Providing unrivalled insight into how consumers use, interact, navigate and transact with business websites, services and apps, the company’s vision is to give individuals greater control over how their data is accessed and used, whilst ensuring that they are fairly compensated for the information.

Through the platform users are asked to perform specific tasks for brands, while their activity is shared through screen capture technology. Proprietary techniques and machine learning are used to extract behaviour and data, such as e-commerce transactions, digital usage and even the layout of icons on a mobile phone screen.

This ensures access to the best quality data from users that completed surveys, provided device usage, behavioural information, media consumption, product testing, and purchase and app experience data.

Established in 2018, and based in Holborn, London, Measure Protocol has grown considerably over the last 4 years under the watch of co-founders Owen Hanks, Paul Neto and John Martin all of whom have grown and successfully exited technology start-ups during their careers.

Having experienced explosive 8x growth in the past year, the business already works on behalf of a number of leading brands in sectors including social media, FMCG and the media.

Its consumer-friendly app, known as MSR, available both for iOS and Android, provides individuals the opportunity to share their data through various tasks while earning rewards. The MSR reputation is built on transparency, privacy and fair rewards. This process is six times faster than its competitors, and ten times more affordable than other data-collecting technologies.

The funds secured will now be used to continue the development of Measure Protocols technology, and to scale-up its marketing and sales efforts.

Commenting on the deal Dr Reuben Wilcock, Ventures director at Blackfinch, said it was the ‘strength and calibre’ of the team, alongside the company’s traction with leading brands, that had been central to investment decision.

He added: “The Blackfinch Ventures team is delighted and privileged to be backing some of the most talented founders and start-up teams in the tech arena, and Measure Protocol is no exception.”

IAG Champions for this investment, Francesco Acabbi and Paolo Guida, who also serves as Head of Investment at Blockchain Valley Ventures, added: “We have known Measure since BVV led the seed round and have been impressed by the founder’s persistency and talent.

“We believe Measure has built something unique that, by putting consumer’s privacy first, allows brands, agencies, and market research firms to collect 100% accurate behavioural data in a very efficient and effective way. We believe this is the future or market research. We are pleased to support Measure and to be part of this exciting journey.”

Owen Hanks, co-founder and CEO at Measure Protocol, added: “We are delighted to welcome both Blackfinch and IAG as new Measure shareholders. We believe their vast network of contacts both in the UK and Europe can help us to unlock new opportunities and we have been thoroughly impressed by both teams in our interactions to date.

PwC were advisors for Measure Protocol with Charlie Robinson, Head of PwC Raise | Ventures programmes adding:

“It was a pleasure to work with Owen and the Measure Protocol management team. We were excited to work with Measure given the technologies ability to gather consumer behavioural insights with simplicity and speed. We look forward to seeing Measure continue to go from strength to strength in this growing market.”

About Measure Protocol

Created to help consumers take ownership of their data and provide brands and marketers access to new forms of consumer data, Measure was founded in 2018 by a group of media, ad tech, and market research technology veterans. Measure is a consumer-centric data technology company that facilitates a marketplace for permissioned, person-based data where individuals take control of their data and monetize it directly with brands, advertisers and researchers. Consumers contribute data by completing engaging data-generating tasks within the company’s MSR App and proprietary Retro data collection technology.

Founded on principles of data sovereignty, privacy, transparency and fair compensation, Measure provides an ecosystem that addresses challenges faced by the market research, advertising and AI industries. Measure Protocol won the 2019 ASC / MRS Award for Best Technology Innovation, the 2020 Marketing Research and Insight Excellence Award for Technology Impact, powered by Quirks, and are alumni of the Creative Destruction Lab’s Blockchain program. @measureprotocol

About Blackfinch

Blackfinch is an award-winning investment specialist and trusted provider working in partnership with advisers. Based in Gloucester and employing more than 120 full-time members of staff, it has a heritage dating back 25 years. Its businesses cover tax-efficient solutions, early-stage investing, managed portfolio services and property financing, and it is entrusted with over £650 million in assets under management and administration.

Inspired by the work of Charles Darwin and founded on evolutionary principles, Blackfinch adapts to and evolves with customer requirements, helping others to thrive. In 2020, the group announced the launch of its rebrand, which reflects its focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

As part of the rebrand, the investment specialist introduced a series of sub-sites for its businesses, which cover property and energy, ventures, investments, and asset management, along with a new site for Blackfinch Group.

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