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Clue Software raises £4 million to prevent worldwide threats

February 6, 2024


Clue Software

Clue Software has announced its £4m funding led by Frog Capital, with £1m from angel investors and employees, supported by investment advisor ScaleUp Group.  

Founded by Clare Elford (CEO) and Thomas Drohan (CCO), the “tech for good” platform has grown exponentially despite challenging UK market conditions for technology investment. 

Frog Capital first invested in Clue in November 2021, this further investment is a demonstration of their partnership and support of the business.  

The angels backing Clue include Martin Leuw (former IRIS CEO), Lisa Powis (former Fresh Insurance CEO) and Alastair Bathgate (former CEO of Blue Prism).   

The investment will be used to increase the company’s commercial and community capacity as well as fund R&D and product development.  

Clue software’s latest step 

“This funding is the latest step in our journey of supporting investigations and intelligence teams across the globe,” said Clare Elford, CEO, Clue.  

“Our mission to protect society from harm goes beyond developing intelligence and investigation software.  

“We are building a networked community of investigation professionals across sectors worldwide to explore common challenges and share best practices.” 

The funding follows an impressive year for the Bristol-based company, which grew its ARR by 60%.  

Clue reports that it also increased its headcount from 45 to 70 in 2023, with this number likely to surpass 100 this year. 

Clue has an international customer base that has expanded over the past 12 months, with over 5,000 users representing investigations and intelligence teams.  

2023 saw expansion in public sector fraud, particularly across healthcare and central government where four new agencies adopted Clue.  

Usage across insider threat investigation continues to strengthen, with three police forces and a national government agency selecting Clue for anti-corruption work. 

Internationally, Clue has continued to consolidate its position as one of the market-leading platforms tackling integrity in sport, with six governing bodies across Europe and Oceania adopting the platform.  

Finally, Clue has strengthened its position in helping UK healthcare to tackle economic crime and corruption with NHS Scotland Fraud Services and another major healthcare regulatory agency joining the NHS Counter Fraud Authority as long-term users of the Clue platform. 

Building trust 

“I backed Clue because they have an unusual combination: intelligent software addressing growing societal risks; a community-based approach; talented leadership team and board members and investors that I trust,” said Martin Leuw, Former Group CEO, IRIS Software.  

Mike Reid, Senior Partner at Frog Capital, commented: “We’re delighted with Clue’s progress and momentum reaffirming its position as a leader in this very sizeable market.  

“Combining the best modern software technologies with its market expertise has resulted in a product with significant advantages for customers.  

“Frog backs purpose-led founders and Clare’s team is an excellent example.” 

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