£200,000 funding from Maven Creates Jobs and Investment in Product Development as Zephyr® Air Quality Sensor Deployments Increase by 200 Percent.
EarthSense, the air quality expert, today announced it has secured £200,000 from Maven Capital Partners through its MEIF (Midlands Engine Investment Fund) Maven Debt Fund. The funding is being invested in further commercial expansion and product development.
To support the expansion plans, the EarthSense team has grown to 15 with five new staff members employed in the technical and commercial departments to help with growing business demands.
EarthSense has grown rapidly since its launch in 2016 when it had three employees. Deployments of its flagship product, the Zephyr® air quality sensor, has increased by 200 percent in the last year and the company now supports a large customer base, which includes many government users and commercial companies along with a growing global network of Zephyr® distributors.
EarthSense products, from sensors to software, offer innovative solutions to the increasing problem of air pollution and its impact on health and the environment. Air pollution is a major public health risk and the market for air quality services is growing.
The MEIF Maven funding enables EarthSense to expand to meet the demands of the growing market and focus on continuous improvement and providing a complete package of products and support.
New EarthSense staff members include Head of Sales, Greg Lewis, Technical Project Manager, Dr Rosie Leigh, Operations Support Engineers, Dayna Riley and Samuel Shepherd, and Air Quality Modeller, Oliver Crask.
Greg joins the company with over 14 years geospatial industry experience including delivering large air quality, geospatial and GIS projects. As Head of Sales, he will develop EarthSense’s worldwide product deployment including identifying new channel partners and distributors.
Dr Leigh is an experienced project manager with a PhD in remote sensing of air quality. Having worked as a Centre and Outreach Manager at the National Centre for Earth Observation, Rosie will bring both technical and programme management skills to EarthSense where she will manage the grant funding programmes and be an integral part of the expanding client services function.
Dayna will use her project management and customer care background to support customers with aftercare, particularly in relation to the growing demand for the Zephyr® sensors.
Samuel will bring both technical and customer care support experience to the team with a particular focus on Zephyr® production and installation.
Oliver, a former intern at EarthSense, returns after graduating in Physics and Space Science Technology, to further develop modelling capabilities.
EarthSense Managing Director, Tom Hall commented: “Our business is centred around delivering products and services that provide significant insight for our customers in order to make a real difference to the general population’s health.
The demand for air quality products and services is growing and we’re expanding to meet this demand. The finance provided by MEIF and our new team members will support us with our product development and accelerate our growth plans.”