Ireland’s leading content configuration technology (CCT) platform, Content Llama automates the collection, configuration and delivery of multi-source product content for e-commerce retailers. Now, the company has secured €2.5 million (nearly £2.14 million) in fundraising.
Eyes global expansion
The funding round was led by Elkstone Partners and The Western Development Commission. Content Llama intends to deploy the proceeds of this round to further expand its presence globally and broaden its reach potential customers. The company will focus on international clients, especially those in the United States from its Chicago base as it heads into 2022.
As part of the announcement, it is expected that up to 20 new positions will be created in the next 12 months which will include roles in product engineering, customer success and business development.
Speaking on today’s announcement, Karina Kelly, CEO and co-founder of Content Llama said, “We are delighted to be announcing this significant fundraise for Content Llama. Fundraising over video link was a new experience, and an opportunity Joleen and I embraced with successful results. This €2.5 million means we can expedite our global growth in the e-commerce retail space. Our proprietary Content Configuration Technology is simplifying content publishing for retailers the world over. Investment in our technology and people at this stage of the company’s development is crucial to Content Llama owning the Content Configuration space.”
Kate Fullen, Venture Analyst at Elkstone Partners commented, “Elkstone is very proud to be supporting Content Llama in this funding round and to be partnering with Karina and Joleen for the journey ahead. Online retailers are crying out for solutions to make selling as frictionless as possible and we’ve witnessed first hand how Content Llama is removing pain points and increasing efficiency for its customers. With a global problem at hand and the global ambition to match it, the future for Content Llama is hugely promising.”
Tomás Ó Síocháin, CEO of the Western Development Commission, commented, “Content Llama are building a company that is delivering best-in-class content to global brands from their base in Donegal. Their success to date is an example of the opportunities for start-ups based in the west in the digital economy. The WDC is delighted to support Karina and Joleen, it’s great to work with a female founder team.”
Gillian Buckley, Investment Manager at Western Development Commission said, “Content Lama offers the Western Investment Fund a great investment opportunity, targeting a global market and building on the tech ecosystem in the West of Ireland.”
Niall McEvoy, Manager with Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up Unit said, “Enterprise Ireland is proud to support Karina and Joleen in scaling their business internationally. The success of Content Llama demonstrates the ability of start-up companies to scale, grow and create high-quality employment in every region in Ireland. Content Llama has ambitious plans for growth in the content configuration area and we look forward to working with this growing company to assist them realise their ambition.”
Uses proprietary content configuration tech
Content Llama was founded by two female entrepreneurs – Karina Kelly and Joleen Looney in 2019. It uses its proprietary Content Configuration Technology platform, which automates the collection, configuration and delivery of multi-source product content for e-commerce retailers and in turn connects brands and retailers in a more meaningful way.
Currently, the Enterprise Ireland backed company employs 42 people including 14 full time and 2 part time staff in Ireland with the remaining employees based in countries including Ukraine, Portugal, The Netherlands, South Africa and Spain. Content Llama collaborates with over 3,600 global brands to configure content at scale for well-known clients such as Walmart, Aer Rianta International, and Lifestyle Sports.