Mobile antenna start-up Sofant swings €2m from Horizon 2020

Investment will help Edinburgh-based company bring its core technology – which improves connectivity without draining the battery – to market

Sofant Technologies, a smart antenna design start-up, has raised €2m investment from Horizon 2020 – the European Union’s research and innovation programme.

Founded by Ahmed El-Rayis, Nakul Haridas and Tughrul Arslan as a spinout from the University of Edinburgh, Sofant specialises in developing compact low power antenna and radio frequency micro-electro-machanical systems for mobile devices.

The company’s three core technologies work together to create a ‘SmartAntenna’, which helps mobiles lock onto the best available signal at any given time.

The funding will help Sofant take its product to market. Sofant says it has the potential to “vastly extend the reach of Wi-Fi signal, improving connectivity without draining the battery” and wants to make the product available to mobile phone manufacturers by 2018.

Co-founder El-Rayis commented: “We have been researching and planning this project for 10 years to perfect the design. […] We’re very excited about this new funding and see it as a real opportunity to impact on the future direction of the global smart phone industry and to create a market-leading company.

Dr. Bernd Reichert, of the Horizon 2020 programme said: “We aim to support businesses with their innovation activities with the ultimate objective of the successful introduction of their products to the relevant market.

“Sofant’s technology is a prime example of disruptive innovation. They have identified a need in the market within a sector willing to pay for an added value product.”

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