Startups 100 companies Clearabee, Proversity and VentureFounders put growth plans into motion

Rubbish removal service, digital university and crowdfunding platform announce national rollouts, international expansion and new appointments

Just halfway through 2015 and three Startups 100 listed companies, Clearabee, Proversity and VentureFounders, have announced the completion of significant expansion plans.

Rubbish clearance and removal service, Clearabee, has completed its nationwide rollout with the opening of a new depot near Edinburgh. The company has initially hired five people to operate three trucks, with plans to employ 10 people and run five trucks by the end of the year. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Long and Rob Linton, Clearabee is an on-demand and environmentally friendly service that collects everything from mattresses to lawnmowers. This latest depot completes the initial UK rollout, allowing the company to serve all four corners of mainland Britain.

As part of its ongoing quest to plug the widening gap in today’s job market, Digital university Proversity has opened a new Boston office, aiming to deliver three pilot projects in the city as part of the Dat Venture accelerator. Carl Dawson, a veteran in human resources, launched the company in 2014 offering online courses to give graduates the skills sought by today’s employers. Co-founder Krishnan Meetoo will test the feasibility of the platform in the US market, ahead of the platform’s imminent release in Santiago, Chile.

Finally, equity crowdfunding platform VentureFounders has announced a trio of appointments and an office move as part of its continuing growth strategy. Jamie Beare, previously a partner at Ironbridge Capital Partners, has joined as investment director; Darren Rebeiro, following 14 years in communication and marketing, has joined as head of digital – and Roberta Main-Millar joined as communications manager, after leaving marketing agency Octopus Group. VentureFounders will also move to larger premises in Victoria Street to enable further growth. 

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