Wireless charging startup Chargifi has announced a £5 million investment from Accelerated Digital Ventures (ADV), Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), and firstminute capital.
The London-based startup has developed an IoT platform for managing wireless power infrastructure for businesses and in the future it expects wireless charging for cars and drones to become more commonplace. With the fresh injection of cash, Chargifi will focus on growing its presence in the US and Asia by expanding its sales and marketing operations and doubling its overall headcount.
Alongside the investment from HPE, Chargifi has confirmed a partnership with the enterprise giant to deploy the infrastructure with its clients.
“Chargifi is doing for power what WiFi did for connectivity,” said CEO Dan Bladen. The wireless charging market is tipped to be worth $14 billion by 2024, according to Global Marketing Insights.
“This year you will be able to charge your new car wirelessly, by pulling it up over a wireless charging area. In the future drones will land on buildings and charge wirelessly before taking off again,” he added.
“Building out the infrastructure to enable consumer wireless charging at scale needs to happen now,” said Mike Dimelow, chief investment officer at ADV. “Chargifi is a market-leading platform that will allow billions of us to take advantage of wireless power.”