‘LinkedIn for creatives’ secures £1.5m with Sir John Hegarty as chairman

Hambro Perks investment group and female-led syndicate Angel Academe among backers of professional networking platform The Dots

The Dots, a networking platform described as the ‘LinkedIn for the creative sectors’, has closed £1.5m in investment led by Hambro Perks and has announced that it has appointed advertising mogul Sir John Hegarty as chairman.

Hambro Perks – the investment firm behind 2015 Startups Awards finalists Laundrapp and Seenit – were joined in the round by VC Coral Reef and female-led angel network Angel Academe.

Launched in September 2014 by former MTV executive Pip Jamieson, London-based The Dots offers social networking for creative professionals and works with thousands of brands such as the BBC, Spotify, Facebook, Vice, and Red Bull, to promote their businesses and recruit talent.

It will use this funding to “accelerate UK growth”, and expects to raise further investment to support international expansion.

The Dots’ Jamieson commented: “Until The Dots, there was no single platform that harnessed the creative talent of top professionals across a myriad of creative industries.

“I guess that’s why we’ve grown so rapidly – creative professionals have finally found an effective way to promote themselves, network, collaborate and connect with opportunities; generating value for all concerned.”

New chairman Sir John Hegarty, co-founder of global agency BHH, added:

“The Dots is critical for the future success of the creative industries – putting creativity at the heart of commerce and industry, whilst also helping creative people realise their full potential. It is the future of networking and recruitment and I’m privileged to be a part of it.”

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