Case Studies

What our clients say about us

We don’t take on too many clients concurrently because we like to build lasting relationships building products that we actually believe in.

"It’s rare to find a team with such hands-on expertise in product, engineering and delivery, and who are able to partner so seamlessly with a client”
Vian Sharif
Founder & CEO
NatureAlpha
"Daedalus was a perfect partner. They were responsible,  flexible, open and transparent at every stage of the process"
Larry Lorden, CIO
CRU Group
"The suggested approaches have served to increase overall efficiencies, profitability and revenues"
Tobias Gruber,
Co-Founder & CEO
Amplifi Capital
"Subject matter expert on all things data (engineering and science) but also a deep understanding of the business at hand - a rare skillset and mix"
Tarek Salhi,
Global AI Lead Multinational TelCol
"Delivered a market-changing pilot via a combination of diplomacy, firmness and ingenuity"
Shona Tatchell,
CEO & Founder
Halotrade
"They offered a range of solutions to fit our needs which has provided us a significant shortcut towards vital innovation for the wider business"
Larry Lorden, CIO
CRU Group
"Thanks to their support, we were able to take the business from concept to clients in under a year"
Vian Sharif,
Founder & CEO
NatureAlpha
"Skilful but also very reliable, kind, enthusiastic and positive. A top UK talent!"
Stephanie Eltz,
CEO
Doctify
"Boldness and big picture thinking really helped set a solid foundation we could build from"
Nick Bradbury,
CEO
Near Street
"Their presence alongside us at every stage of the journey, from fundraising to onboarding our first clients, was an instrumental factor in our early successes."
Vian Sharif,
Founder & CEO
NatureAlpha
"Hands-on and honest approach with us. Not afraid to challenge conventional approaches, whilst being able to back up suggestions with thorough research and data."
Tobias Gruber,
Co-Founder & CEO
Amplifi Capital

Testimonials

We’ve made an impact on many different businesses along the way.

NatureAlpha fills the gap in ESG metrics for transparent, science-led asset-level insights on biodiversity and nature at scale, incorporating the body of knowledge brought forth by scientific literature. Thanks to the support of Tesh and the team at Daedalus, we were able to take the business from concept to clients in under a year. Daedalus’ ‘secret sauce’ is the combination of skills they can bring to the table - it’s rare to find a team with such hands-on expertise in product, engineering and delivery, and who are able to partner so seamlessly with a client. Daedalus were committed, efficient and collaborative, and their presence alongside us at every stage of the journey, from fundraising to onboarding our first clients, was an instrumental factor in our early successes.

Dr Vian Sharif
Founder & CEO

Amplifi Capital operates a ground-breaking, but complex business model with a lot of moving parts. Tesh quickly adapted to this and onboarded himself to apply some modern, agile product development principles to our business whilst also looking at the wider operations aligned to the data-centric business we wanted to become. We have utilised a number of the suggested approaches in our new IT and Technology system and our project management of their operations all of which has served to increase overall efficiencies, profitability and revenues. Finally, Tesh worked on our compliance and regulatory work greatly assisting in our FCA Change of Control and ongoing reporting. I found him to take a hands-on and honest approach to his work with us and not be afraid to challenge conventional approaches, whilst being able to back up his suggestion with thorough research and data.

Tobias Gruber
Co-Founder & CEO

In my role, I’m responsible for assessing the viability of and applicability of the utilisation of AI across our global group of Telecommunication businesses. As part of this, Kaz was responsible for a vast array of Big Data Engineering projects to increase efficiency in the business and to assist in my assessment and recommendations. What impressed me most about Kaz was his ability to quickly understand the commercial context and implications of the scopes he was in charge of. And further, he could communicate effectively with non-technical stakeholders. This meant we could redeploy our Product and Commercial people to other problems thus increasing our aggregate velocity to solve problems. Kaz is not only a subject matter expert on all things data (engineering and science) but also has a deep understanding of the business at hand - a rare skillset and mix

Tarek Salhi
Global AI Lead

Devonte was one the first developers building Doctify together with the CTO. Devonte was not only skilfull but also very reliable, kind, enthusiastic and positive. He always found a solution and worked super hard. Whoever works with him is very lucky to have him. He is absolutely wonderful!!! A top UK talent!

Stephanie Eltz
CEO

Tesh worked with the team at Halotrade participating in a high-profile consortium whose purpose was to design and develop an impactful solution that could help improve the livelihoods of smallholder tea farmers in Malawi. The project called for management of a diverse group of stakeholders and co-ordination of several solution providers tasked with designing and testing a ground-breaking solution within a tight timeline. This was no simple task and required a combination of diplomacy, firmness and ingenuity. Tesh used his skills to help us to design and build our part of the solution successfully and assisted in delivering what was ultimately a very interesting and market-changing pilot.

Shona Tatchell
CEO & Founder

Devonte worked with me at NearSt during a crucial period when we were re-architecting our platform. His boldness and big picture thinking really helped set a solid foundation we could build from, all while being a genuinely awesome and fun person to work alongside.

Nick Brackenbury
CEO

Daedalus was a perfect partner. From initial conversations to prototype delivery, they were responsible and flexible, offering us a range of solutions to fit our needs and being open and transparent at every stage of the process. Thanks to them, we got a working prototype within 5 weeks which has enabled us to demonstrate the value of the project to clients and internal stakeholders alike, and has provided us a significant shortcut towards vital innovation for the wider business.

Larry Lorden
CIO

Case Studies

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Industry

ESG

Services provided

Venture Studio

Client

NatureAlpha

Daedalus package

Venture Creation

Materialising a tech-enabled idea to production

Summary

NatureAlpha is a platform that provides investors with asset-level insights on biodiversity and nature at scale to help them make effective and timely decisions on how best to minimise negative environmental impact. 

We worked with NatureAlpha as an embedded tech, data, software and operations team, to develop the business from scientific proof-of-concept to saleable product in 10 months.

Key Outcomes

  • Defined and developed MVP within 3 months
  • Defined and developed  v1 product within further 3 months
  • Acquired one revenue-generating client and 10 in the pipeline (active trial) clients within 3 months of the v1 product being announced as ‘coming soon’
  • Delivered tech for 60% lower ongoing cost than projected by initial model
  • Led the £2m+ funding round and ensured client retained value in the business
  • Enabled creation of cost-effective, fully-offshore client delivery team through rigorous planning and documentation process, along with comprehensive handover

Industry

Consumer Lending

Services provided

Software & Data Architecture

Client

Amplifi Capital

Daedalus package

Fractional CTO, CPO, CDO, CCO, COO

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Fully Managed Services

Combined exec & operational embedded resource

Summary

Amplifi Capital is a Private Equity backed consumer lending FinTech that works with Credit Unions, Building Societies, and CDFIs to offer personal loans to near-prime consumers who can’t access credit from traditional high street banks.

We worked with Amplifi to set up the necessary technical and associated operations to facilitate the desired lending throughput; and to work through the required due diligence work so as to comply with FCA regulations.

Key Outcomes

  • Set the entity up with relevant FCA licenses: credit broker, lender, and credit data processor
  • Architected and deployed a new credit brokerage platform using serverless architecture principles
  • Managed systems and operations changes that increased lending throughput 3x: £5m pcm to £15m pcm
  • Reduced time from credit underwriting to cash disbursement from a days to hours with handover of a roadmap to increase the automation to make this as near real-time as possible
  • Handed over to incumbent team to manage systems and changes internally and assisted with internal team set-up

Industry

Trade Finance

Services provided

Product & Project Management

Client

Halotrade

Daedalus package

Fractional CTO, CPO, CDO, CCO, COO

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Summary

Halotrade is a blockchain-based financial services toolset that enables goods’ purchasers and trade financiers to automatically incentivise and reward sustainable production practice. 

We worked with Halotrade to manage a proof of concept with Credit Suisse, Unilever, Sainsbury’s and Malawian farmers in conjunction with another blockchain startup Provenance.

Key Outcomes

  • Designed and architected the MVP solution for pilot using blockchain-based database with concurrent protocols
  • Managed the PoC project and reporting to various corporate stakeholders whilst obtaining requirements for an ongoing MVP
  • Hired and established product and engineering teams to take over the project including MVP post-departure

Industry

Multinational Consulting

Services provided

AI Strategy

Client

Big-4 Consultancy

Daedalus package

Advisory

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Summary

Big-4 Consultancy is a multinational professional services firm with a focus on audit, accounting and related advisory services. 

We led the development and proposition scoping for a cognitive/AI programme across the firm and various partners’ business areas for the client.

Key Outcomes

  • Identified the business use cases that could be automated (with IBM Watson, among other deep learning technologies)
  • Ran internally-focussed and client-facing PoCs with view to build a suite of products
  • Mobilised the programme for significant investment starting in 2017 which culminated in the creation a new spin-out firm Engine B

Industry

Global TelCo

Services provided

Big Data AI

Client

TelCo Giant

Daedalus package

End-to-End Delivery

Fully owned & managed bespoke, discrete delivery

Summary

Multinational TelCo is a leading technology communications company in Europe and Africa providing a range of telephone and internet provision services.

We led the predictive customer operations division of the UK and Global divisions of the business.

Key Outcomes

  • Generated over £3.5mil of benefit through the deployment of ML algorithms; successfully preempting customer wants and needs to drastically reduce customer service costs
  • Architecture and technical build of the Natural Language Call Steering data system; ML-based real-time handling of customer calls
  • Service communications modelling and engineering for customer base of 8.6mil

Industry

SME Data Startup

Services provided

Data Monetisation

Client

SME Data Startup

Daedalus package

Fractional CTO, CPO, CDO, CCO, COO

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Summary

Startup is focussed on the creation of a SME data ecosystem to enable SMEs to engage with a wider suite of services and products than they currently access.

We acted as the Startups’ fractional CTO+ providing ownership of their tech and product whilst also deeply assisting in the funding round.

Key Outcomes

  • Detailed guidance on the commercialisation and commercial strategy of creating and monetising a data product
  • Audited current tech build including deep dive into product and user-related items
  • Attended meeting with Investors to explain the technical elements of the startup and provided relevant materials
  • Assisted and led the creation of relevant information for investors within our network so as to close Seed funding round
  • Developed detailed product roadmap to take current PoC into MVP and beyond; client is free to use a third-party to perform the build if desired and we provide overall ownership

Industry

eCommerce

Services provided

Data Analysis & Architecture

Client

Luxury Goods eCom Platform

Daedalus package

Fractional CTO, CPO, CDO, CCO, COO

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Summary

eCommerce Platform is the UK's foremost luxury interiors marketplace, connecting a global client base with the world's finest interior brands.

We provided expertise concerning the data architecture required so as to enable the desired data analysis outputs which included auditing the current data and systems architecture and data analysis capabilities.

Key Outcomes

  • Provided detailed audit of challenges with current architecture and suggestions of more cost-effective future solutions and builds
  • Performed data engineering tasks to improve current data pipelines to facilitate the automated creation of desired dashboards
  • Performed analysis of incumbent data analytics capabilities within the business and suggestions of operational and technology improvements to increase efficiencies

Industry

FinTech - SME Finance

Services provided

Venture Studio

Client

Tallysticks

Daedalus package

End-to-End Delivery

Fully owned & managed bespoke, discrete delivery

Summary

Tallysticks was a FinTech-100 startup company focused on trade finance and graduate of the Barclays Rise TechStars Accelerator.

We worked with Tallysticks as an embedded tech, data, software and operations team, to develop the business and managing a high-degree of change and a pivot.

Key Outcomes

  • Running and user research to better define the commercial and product proposition Created  a community of 745 companies
  • Project Managing two blockchain Proof of Concepts with large multinational energy companies
  • Growing and performance managing the team from 3 people to 10
  • Signing up Beta clients

Industry

SME Operations

Services provided

Data Analysis

Client

Venice

Daedalus package

End-to-End Delivery

Fully owned & managed bespoke, discrete delivery

Summary

Venice was a dry cleaning and logistics company focussed on enterprise contracts particularly for uniforms cleaning, handling and repairs; alongside its propriety logistics fleet.

We led the deployment of a number of operational automations and the presentation of various datapoints to key stakeholders within the business of various levels of data awareness.

Key Outcomes

  • Route optimisation for, and management of logistics team of 12 including inter-unit re-routingServices and supply across over 300 sites in and around central London, including same-day and next-day logistics-to-factory synchronisation
  • Design and management of 12,000 sq ft production plant, 60 staff members, including machinery optimisation and process algorithms
  • Build and maintenance of data analysis dashboards concerning all outputs with automated data collection and presentation

Industry

Retail Investment

Services provided

Software Development

Client

Retail Investment FinTech

Daedalus package

End-to-End Delivery

Fully owned & managed bespoke, discrete delivery

Summary

FinTech is the social investing app that helps people build their wealth through a community of peers and more experienced investors.

We functioned as the Head of Engineering for the FinTech with ownership of end-to-end development and deployment and ongoing team hiring and management.

Key Outcomes

  • Oversee front-end and back-end development teams and their projects
  • Ensure compliance with security regulations
  • Prepare and manage the engineering department’s budget
  • Design strategies for future development projects based on the company’s overall objectives and resources
  • Hire engineers and coordinate their training

Industry

MedTech

Services provided

Software Development

Client

HealthTech ScaleUp

Daedalus package

End-to-End Delivery

Fully owned & managed bespoke, discrete delivery

Summary

Scaleup is revolutionising the global healthcare market by developing a healthcare-specific patient feedback and review product allowing healthcare professionals to drive improvements in patient care on a daily basis.

We functioned as the Head of Engineering for the HealthTech with ownership of end-to-end development and deployment and ongoing team hiring and management.

Key Outcomes

  • Move the company to a more SaaS platform model rather than just a web portal by introducing multiple widgets which extends client sites with a piece of proprietary technology
  • Managing the software architecture for the solution end-to-end
  • Oversaw front-end and back-end development teams and their projects
  • Ensured compliance with security regulations
  • Oversaw transition of tech to an external team

Industry

FinTech

Services provided

MVP Build

Client

Sports FinTech

Daedalus package

End-to-End Delivery

Fully owned & managed bespoke, discrete delivery

Summary

FinTech is a digital platform for sports transactions and management!

We rapidly built a functioning MVP so as to close Letters of Intent with key clients and to close a Series A fundraising round.

Key Outcomes

  • MVP built in 3 weeks
  • MVP contained fully functioning frontend with web-containerised backend to minimse cost
  • Closed Series A investment and letters of intent with key client accounts

Industry

Tech Accelerator

Services provided

Startup Due Diligence

Client

Nesta

Daedalus package

Fractional CTO, CPO, CDO, CCO, COO

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Summary

Nesta is a UK charity with government backing focused on innovation for good.

We assisted in the set up of two innovation challenges and led the DueDiligence process for startup selection

Key Outcomes

  • Defined and ran the DueDiligence process for two innovation challenges
  • Provided project set up assistance

Industry

Investor

Services provided

Startup Due Diligence

Client

The L Factor

Daedalus package

Fractional CTO, CPO, CDO, CCO, COO

Solution advisory across our capabilities

Summary

The L Factor is a growth consultancy with deep relationships to UK investors (VCs, HNWIs, Family Offices).

We support The L Factor with startup assessment before presentation to prospective investors by defining and auditing the selection and due diligence process.

Key Outcomes

  • Define the investment theses of investors
  • Work with startups to create relevant information for investor presentation
  • Carry out business audit to determine investability
  • Evaluate tech stack & scalability to understand growth trajectory

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